Looking at snagging a spare phone for tinkering and testing mobile operating systems (Lineage, Havoc, etc). If/when I settle on something that I like, I'll likely snag a better or newer device. The OnePlus 3 and 3T appear to be widely compatible with these 3rd party ROMs. They're also have pretty decent hardware specs. Does anyone have experience with either or have feedback (good, bad, or otherwise) as to why I should/should not pick one up for testing?

Thanks for the input, everyone. I ended up sliding up the scale a bit and went with a OnePlus 6T. Seems to be a pretty stout phone for under $150 USD. I'll probably throw together a blog post for the os testing.

@cooper Have you considered Ubuntu Touch for an alternative OS for the OnePlus?

@bhibb I'm open to suggestions. Havoc has peaked my interest but, I'll likely try a few out

@cooper @jawsh Truly, my only skin in this game is the PinePhone Braveheart I have running Ubuntu Touch, but it doesn't have workable support on any OS, sadly :(

Also, it looks like the OnePlus 6T does have support for UT: devices.ubuntu-touch.io/device

@bhibb @cooper what do you mean regarding the Pinephone exactly?
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@jawsh @cooper I mean that for my Braveheart edition that no OS is ready to be a daily driver. Each has their own problems or lack of functionality. For instance, has issues with SMS messages not being sent or received intermittently in an open bug, and it has not so good battery life. Other OS’s have similar issues because the PinePhone is a new beast for these makers, rather than working top of the OnePlus 6T, which I bet is fine with the proprietary blobs and whatnot.

@bhibb @cooper When did you las try something else on your Pinephone? I'm running the latest Manjaro phosh as a daily driver and haven't had issues with texts. I didn't seem to be missing any with Arch or PMos either. I only ran Arch for a couple of days tho. I hear you on the battery life tho. I picked up a 3400mAh battery off Amazon for about $12 as a backup. My biggest complaint is the time it takes to launch apps/programs but it's not really a deal breaker for me.

@jawsh @cooper Well that's very exciting! I might give Manjaro phosh a try.

It's been at least a year since I ran through the staples of Manjaro, Postmarket OS, and Ubuntu Touch. At that time it felt like each had open tickets for the same things. If I can use it, I will be super, duper excited.

Do you have a spare battery charger you carry around? Or is the extra battery just there in case this one really dies, like beyond battery charging?

@bhibb @cooper I picked up a spare battery to carry if I know I'm going to be away for a while and not near a charger. Before I only had the options of carrying a power bank & cable or swapping my sim into an Android device for the day.

@jawsh @cooper Why didn't you stick with the power bank, if I may ask?

@bhibb @cooper an extra battery is more pocketable than either my 10,000mAh or 20,000mAh powerbank and a cable.

@jawsh @cooper Just installed Manjaro Phosh and wow is it pretty. Thanks for directing me to it!

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