My OnePlus One is getting long in the tooth. It had a good run. And thanks to LineageOS I am still getting weekly OS updates - which is amazing. I can deal with the slowness and the occasional data disconnections, but the battery simply can’t hold charge for any reasonable task. Now when the COVID lock-down is mostly over it is a challenge when ever I need to venture outside for 8 hours or more.
So I need to bite the bullet, add one more piece of equipment to the global e-wast pile, and buy a new phone, and while there are lots of good hardware around, the community support for alternative ROMs is not well reported.
Here is what I am looking for in a new phone:
simple to unlock – I was able to unlock a Xiaomi device but I don’t want to repeat the horrible experience (which required a Windows VM, and a waiting period of a week).
strong FOSS community behind it.
headphone jack – eliminating it is a downgrade
NFC – see above
Good price/performance ratio – I am not looking for a flagship with a flagship price tag. Every new phone would be a major upgrade for me, but I want something that will serve me for at least five years.
To make the above less hand-wave-y here is all the common phone features I can think of in order from most to least important for me:
- strong alt ROM community
- easy to unlock
- headphone jack
- rear camera quality
- NFC support
- battery run time
- SD-card support
- screen protection (gorilla glass version)
- screen tech (MOLED > IPS)
- Bluetooth version
- 5g support
- IPS rating
- WiFi version
- battery charge time
- screen refresh rate
- CPU performance (I am not a gamer)
- wireless charging
- fingerprint censor / face unlock (not using it)
- premium feel (I prefer plastic backs as long as it is not a fingerprint magnet)
- front camera (I don’t take selfies)
- stock software / updates (going to replace it)
Note about the pine-phone: I like the idea, but according to current reports it is not yet a daily driver material, so unfortunately I can’t consider it right now.
Finally here is my question:
What phone can you recommend as a replacement for my old OnePlus One at this time?