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. πŸ™‚ 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.

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@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.

@fedops @cooper I can concur with the charging statement. I used one up until about 9/10 months ago as my daily driver and had similar battery life.

Didn't realize it was good for tinkering! Good thing I still own one πŸ˜ƒ

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