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I've had my eye on the Samsung Xcover for a while. Replaceable battery,
reportedly built to withstand abuse. $499.
On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 10:23 AM Charles Shapiro via Ale <ale at ale.org>
> I am still luvin' my 2017 LG V20 running LineageOS. The user-replaceable
> battery and separate charger makes my life simple. I trust the LineageOS
> folks enough to believe I am free of surveillance-ware baked into the OS.
> I blew away all of the provider bloatware by installing Lineage. I'm on my
> second set of batteries, so it still runs a couple of days between
> Alas, All Phones are Mortal and I worry that I'll drop the thing into the
> lake or fall on it. My essentials are backed up privately, but replacing
> the hardware might be trouble. The simple way out would be to get another
> V20 off swappa ( https://swappa.com), but Mint V20s are getting rarer.
> So I've been desultorily looking at other phones. Buying one from my
> provider is right out, since I know that they all Hate Me and Wish Me
> Harm. Interesting phones include:
> * OnePlus
> One of the older models perhaps. The OnePlus 5T is the latest model to
> have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Android 7. Looks like there's an official
> LineageOS build for it. OnePlus's android build might be trustworthy.
> Swappa has a few in the $200-$300 range. Rootable.
> * Fairphone 3
> Completely repairable (ifixit rates it 10/10), user-replaceable battery,
> parts allegedly ethically sourced. Android 9, allegedly with no bloatware.
> A little bit big and heavy for the performance and screen size. Average
> camera. Around $490 US. Looks like it's fairly easy to root. No LineageOS
> build (yet?), but the Fairphone 2 has one.
> * teracube
> 4-year guarantee. Crappy camera, possibly poor bluetooth per the
> reviews. Android 9, allegedly no bloatware. $329 on Amazon. Current model
> has a permanent battery ( you can send it back for a $39 replacement ).
> They hint that later models will have a user-replaceable battery. Also
> looks rootable. No LineageOS build.
> Anyone have any other suggestions? I'm leaning toward the Fairphone.
> Having spare batteries is a life-changing convenience. I reckon I'll have
> to decide how much I trust the phone manufacturer on software.
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