Who’s accessing Freetrade on the worst/oldest phone?
or, as I prefer to phrase it - who’s maximising the economic value and environmental footprint of their handset by running it for as long as possible until it’s literally falling apart in their hand?
I’ll go first and to be clear, I’m not tight, I’m frugal!
I’m on a ZUK Z2 from mid 2016. It’s an import from India of a Chinese handset that I bought 2nd hand on eBay. It’s been dropped and submerged in water so many times and just refuses to die. I’m currently on the 3rd battery (all replaced by me) and running LineageOS just so that I can keep it on the latest version of Android. The camera is bad but the phone still gets good Antutu scores and burns through World Community Grid tasks quite happily.
As far as I can remember, official support ended with Android 7 but thanks to Lineage I’m on Android 10 right now and I wouldn’t be surprised to see 1 or 2 more big updates down the line.
Some apps are fussy and won’t work - NHS Blood Donation, Co-Operative Bank - but other banking and credit card apps either just don’t know or don’t care about how rickety and risky my custom ROM handset is.
I can’t emphasis enough how relaxing it is to have a phone that’s nearly worthless. I wouldn’t panic if it got smashed, stolen by a gibbon or fell into the sea. Like I said earlier though - and I must be getting old - because I’m bored of faffing and fighting just to keep the thing running - screw Google, iPhone here I come.