Some important points mentioned in his video-review:
"/e/ is essencially a skinned LineageOS for microG"
Not exactly. I know /e/ has put some efforts and changed some deep aspects of Lineage that leads data to Google.
"their Notes app requires an /e/ account with no options for creating local notes, this is horrible for people that don’t want a /e/ account"
Agree about this.
"I don’t like the launcher, I’m not a fan of the interface and I’m especially not a fan of its navigation and iOS-like feel. I much prefer just the plain stock Android launcher…"
Agree again. Not a fan of iOS-like simplistic interfaces. That’s why I use a launcher.
"I particularly did not like the pre-installed app store. It’s unclear where these apps are coming from. I don’t know who to trust when I’m downloading these apps and where the apks come from. It’s buggy on top of that and I’m not a fan of the interface. I really wish they took the easy route here and just pre-installed F-Droid and Aurora Store. They’re proven to be great and it’s what I would use on this device if I were to buy it I wouldn’t even touch the App Store and I can’t imagine why many people would…"
I basically would prefer the same ppproach as him, but I haven’t removed the store though. I kept it there in case I need it.
"We need to talk about /e/ foundation because you’re not just buying a phone here you buy an ecosystem * sarcastic coughs * Apple…"
I see what you did.
"I personally am not a fan of Samsung and I’m not sure everybody wants a fairphone which is the current alternative. These are their only two options currently so I wish they had a better selection"
Kinda agree. Variety of options is always welcome.
"they only shift to the EU"
Agree. This is a real problem for people who want to buy a refurbished phone with /e/ system pre-installed outside of the EU.
"they use the own configured Nextcloud environment which is limited to 1 gigabytes on the free plan for those who don’t know Nextcloud as an open source very reputable private, secure, cloud storage provider… this 1 gibabyte should be enough for maybe your contacts, notes and calendar entries…that’s about it"
I personally find it very small for real usage and the price for making the storage bigger isn’t so good.
"…if you want more storage it sure ain’t cheap especially considering services like Mega offering 50 gigabytes for free or how proton offer a better email experience or how you could host your own Nextcloud environment for a fraction of this cost"
Good point. I can’t deny facts. At least, as you have said, NextCloud is open source and very reputable, secure. I don’t trust Mega nor Google; their offer a huge amount of storage for free, but it’s not for free, you pay it with your data
"/e/ is based on Lineage OS, meaning it has some security issues. Lineage OS uses user debug builds which adds plenty of additional attack surfce weakens SELInux policies and exposes root access via ADB. LineageOS also requires an unlocked bootloader in this case as its Samsung no ways to enable OEM locking which is essential to verify the integrity of the OS. There is no rollback protection so an attacker can downgrade the OS to an old version and exploit already patched vulnerabilities."
I don’t have enough knowledge to give an opinion about all of this.
"a side note: keep in mind that Samsung deviced do not tend to push security updates to their devices for very long like most Android manufactures"
That’s very true, I’ve had a Samsung phone and Samsung took an eternity to push security updates. Updates to another Android version are even more rare if you haven’t bought a top/premium phone like the Galaxy A, S and Note. It only lasts 2 years and rarely 3 years. 4 years and the phone is dead. No more updates, especially security ones.