After a having a mostly-FLOSS phone (LineageOS + F-Droid) I seem to have slowly acquiesced to Google over the last year with this OnePlus 5.
I'd like to go back to my freedom-loving ways with a modern phone (i.e. takes great photos, has good battery life).
Does anyone have recommendations?
(FYI I've tried LineageOS on this device but it only accesses a single camera)
@dajbelshaw the pixel 2 xl is a phenomenal phone, half the reason i got it was the camera. i highly recommend the pixel line, thought they don't have any official lineageOS builds. i know there was an unofficial build for the original pixel but i'm not sure if they have one fore the pixel 2 yet.
@dajbelshaw I have a Moto G5 Plus with LineageOS 14.1 with F-Droid (no GApps) and works like a charm (it's an unofficial build thou).
People talk wonders about the Xiami Redmi Note 4, which is officially supported.
On the high-end side, you have the Galaxy S9, which is also one of the few officially supported by 15.1.
@dajbelshaw I'm with Lineage OS on Xiaomi Mi 5S. I didn't update for eternity (need to install new software) but it was super smooth so far, everything works
My dad has Mi 1 and it's a wonderful phone too and very cheap as well. I think it should play with custom ROM nice.
Anyway, I recommend checking official pages for supported phones
I've been using CopperheadOS for a couple of years and I've found Open Camera works well.
Its a really nice OS. Many nice extras ontop vanilla AOSP.
Sadly a bit expensive to get a Pixel
Apparently there will be European resellers soon who will offer a 'flash your phone' service (guess thatd be $200ish)
Also heard rumors Google will be doing a budget Pixel this year??
No Play stuff, but I never used the Google ecosystem so no problem for me.
Its totally possible (and probably a very good thing) to code alternatives to Googles push services.
conversations.im does this well
Why use anything from Play Store when theres all that wonderful software on #FDroid 😃
If you do need that, theres Yalp on FDroid thats supposed to work well or Amazons app store, which doesnt take over your whole OS and spy on you the same way Play Services does.
@dajbelshaw I think it's nearly impossible to get really good photos on a FLOSS phone, because all the good camera software/drivers are proprietary. That said, Open Camera has given me decent results in the past (though I'm not using it on my current, multicamera device for similar reasons).