I installed /e/ on my spare phone because I look for an OS with your attitude towards privacy and Google and to test if I prefer it from LineageOS for microG and can recommend it to friends who use stock ROMs by now.
That apps bought from Play Store cannot be installed makes /e/ currently not recommendable to normal users. Unfortunately I don’t know a solution that is usable for such users.
I use F-Droid and Aurora Store to get any app I want without the need to suggest it to the /e/ store and to wait for updates longer than in the other stores. I don’t understand why you added this app store instead of a combination of F-Droid and Aurora Store (as system apps like /e/ Apps). (Additional feature: F-Droid allows to add non standard repositories). Thus I can at least install bought apps that currently work with Aurora Store.
Additionally I installed the patched Play Store from shadow53 to install bought apps that need license verification, after installing the apps the Play Store can be frozen. Updates can be accomplished via Aurora Store.
I don’t see any advantage of the /e/ launcher. Actually it simply has less features. Trebuchet 16 has features I don’t like any more, that’s why I switched to Nova Launcher, now also on /e/.
I cannot find the equalizer AudioFx from LineageOS or a replacement. Has it been removed on /e/? If so, why?
A fantastic feature. (I don’t need it because I synchronize my phone with my PC,) but definitely a seducing feature for many users.