I’m quite happy with /e/ OS, both on my S9 and S9+. I think they are both excellent devices that suit my needs (micro SD, good camera, plenty of accessories available for them), and I’m happy to have an OS that has minimal bloat and I feel good about using and not that it’s constantly broadcasting my information.
That said, I do have worries. I’m already having to use the Aurora Store to facilitate my banking. It sounds like there are going to be changes to how Android apps are distributed going forward (I have no doubt the devs are working on contingencies for this, but still). WiFi Calling and Texting doesn’t work, which can impact my phone’s usefulness. Not every network works with /e/. And there are simply quirks that one must be aware of using a custom ROM. Any one of these issues, or others, could potentially cause a situation where it simply isn’t practical to use an /e/ device, even if it’s the best option out there for many reasons.
With that in mind I think a question worth asking is: if tomorrow, /e/ were to become unusable for any reason (from a micro or macro standpoint), what is the best bad option? What settings in Android should be enabled or disabled to best protect privacy? Does one manufacturer better protect privacy than others? Is Apple the “least terrible?”
I’m not asking because I’m looking to change - purchasing my daily driver S9+ and my backup device S9 was not trivial - but I think it would be beneficial for all to know what to look for in the event that one needs to run out to Best Buy tomorrow to purchase a workable phone.
Looking forward to everyone’s thoughts!