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?
@cooper I have a op3 (with official OS though) as my daily driver and it's still perfectly useable. I'd say go for it if the price is right.
@fedops That's great to hear. 🙂 Roughly how long have you been using it? How's the battery life? One thing I did like, about either device, is the ease of access for changing the battery/screen should it need swapping out.
@cooper I've had it for 3.5 years and the previous owner for about a year I think.
Battery life depends very much on use case obviously. I like to use it for hiking with osmand+ and it struggles to get through a full day. Battery performance is at around 80%. In normal day to day use it gets me through the day but does require charging at least daily. I'm sure it'd do better with a fresh battery.
@cooper I have a Poco X3 running Arrow OS as my daily driver... Chose this one specifically because the devs are very active.
@cooper I hace a redmi note 8 and it has extensive official ROM support, if you are willing to wait a week to unlock the bootloader with their proprietary tool xD
Yeah Oneplus might be better, but a op3 its a little too old IMO
@cooper I've had oneplus 3T for 4.5y as my only phone, and I use this a lot. I've had zero problems with anything else than the original battery getting old, so had it changed a year ago. No issues now, and hope to keep using this for at least a couple more years.
Haven't rooted yet, because of company mgmt crap, but will in a month or so.
@cooper I take it you don't plan using the phone to listen to music much? It has no headphone jack sadly. Apart from that, a fantastic choice.
@danielfgom Yeah, that briefly crossed my mind but, I mostly run Bluetooth earbuds. If I get into a pinch, I can run a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter
@jawsh @cooper I mean that for my Braveheart edition #PinePhone that no OS is ready to be a daily driver. Each has their own problems or lack of functionality. For instance, #UbuntuTouch 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.
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?
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