I’ve used /e/ for at least a couple years now. I begin shopping for new phones tomorrow, which I will not be flashing /e/ to. /e/ does fit my threat model and phone usage perfectly, and the /e/ team, both official and “amateur” has been wonderful, quick and responsive.
My reason for leaving is because living in Hong Kong, I am on occasion required to use badly-made apps. I was unable to get the quarantine app working on any of my family’s 3 /e/ phones after 3 days of spending all of my energy working on the problem, in spite of lots of help here on the forum. This problem cannot be allowed to happen again, as we were able to function only because we chanced into a non-/e/ phone a month ago. The next app I’m required by my son’s school, or the govt here, or whoever, to use may run into a similar problem. So I need to set up as much reversible security and privacy as I can on stock android, rather than on a non-reversible (unable to return to factory settings easily) OS like /e/. So I will no longer be using /e/ as my primary driver.
How /e/ failed me:
The failure is my own, rather than with the OS itself. Specifically in two areas: PC and know-how. For the last few years I have allowed my computer PC skills to lapse. After a move several years ago, I no longer used a PC in daily life. Actually the only times I would bring it out of storage were for backups, media transfer, and flashing /e/. If I had kept a PC up to date, used a PC in daily life and kept my own skills sharp, basic tasks like abd would be both easier and could be done in the background while working on other tasks.
Phone-only OTA /e/ installation, and being able to restore factory settings from the phone, would make the difference for me. I think that both of these are not possible, but there it is.
I wish I could continue using /e/. I will do basic OTA on my family’s old /e/ phones, and try to keep up with the project - I really like how it took care of much of the security and privacy concerns for me, and the community here is amazing. Definitely a bittersweet parting on my part.
AMA? If there’s anything you’d like to know, I’m happy to answer.