Similar to others here. I always favored iOS, believed the privacy hype (to a certain extent), hated Android (due to the lack of privacy), but loved some of the Android phones. This new thing with Apple is just the thin edge of the wedge. Privacy on iOS will cease to exist. Of course no sane person condones CP, but cracking down on that, is how they sell the invasion of privacy, which will continue to different political opinions etc.
I did some research, saw there were a few deGoogled roms, liked this one as they have an installer (my days of spending weeks learning and attempting to modify gadgets are long gone - too old). I bought a second hand Galaxy S9 (great condition and price), and used the installer. It didnt go to plan, but eventually I got it working (it is beta software).
For me e/os is missing (unless I cant find it), the ability to restrict apps access to mobile data, and or wifi. That is essential for database/document apps that you dont want going on line, for your privacy and to meet any GDPR obligations. This feature is available in Calyx OS. They also have an installer, monthly OTA updates, but it is restricted to Pixel phones, which I cant get here and at the moment, I prefer my Samsung.
I think e/os should charge for the software, and share the income with the other developers whos software they use. I am happy to pay, to assure the ongoing development of this platform.
Another plus for this platform - longer battery life!