I've decided that it's finally time to retire my iPhone 6S, largely because it sometimes just decides not to vibrate when notifications come in. This has actually been happening for a long time but I had convinced myself I was just spacing out. Pretty sure it's actually broken.

I'm unhappy enough with Apple that I want out of their ecosystem, and it's not like Google is better. I've got a PinePhone but it's not gonna cut it, so I am looking into devices I can put LineageOS / microG on.

I have to try to divine:
* Which devices are well supported by LineageOS
* Which devices will continue to be well supported by LineageOS
* Which devices have strong enough specs that they will perform well as software inevitably gets more bloated over the years I will own the phone
* Which devices are actually attainable locally at reasonable cost

I'm in hell.

Finally pulled the trigger and bought a Samsung Galaxy S10, because they are plentiful, relatively inexpensive, reasonably powerful, and supported by LineageOS.

Went to follow the installation instructions and the button to unlock the bootloader just... isn't there.

Apparently the North American models are basically unhackable. But the wiki doesn't tell you that.

This fuckin' sucks.

There are a million videos and articles online that suggest that maybe, if you set your clock back 7 days or 3 months and wave a dead chicken over it, the button will magically appear. This has not worked for me.

Bought a OnePlus 8 Pro. Verified before paying that I was able to unlock the bootloader. Got it home, looked at the LineageOS instructions, and apparently my model is the IN2021 and only the IN2020, IN2023, and IN2025 are officially supported. I reiterate: I am in hell. Why am I doing this to myself.

A quick search suggests that people are definitely using LineageOS with this particular device anyway so it's probably only not listed because the maintainer can't test on it or something. But.

I installed LineageOS anyway. It went smoothly. The settings screen now claims my phone's model is IN2023. OK. Sure. IN2025 is the North American model number so who knows. Haven't run into any problems yet, everything seems to be running smoothly. This world of alternative Android is weird but I am acclimatizing.



I bought one of the Pixel 3a's with the streaky screen on EBay for $80 and put GrapheneOS on it. So far, it's been wonderful.

The screen is a bit annoying but not pay-an-extra-$200 annoying.

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