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smartphone talk, pixel 4a, 🔃 ok 

my xperia z5 compact is dying and I'm thinking about a google pixel 4a - does anyone has experience with it?

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negatives for me:
- google
- no micro SD slot
- it's boring black (I hope I can put a nice case around it?! any recommendations?)

positives for me:
- smol
- lineage OS support
- RAM 'o plenty
- headphone jack!! (this should be a given, ffs)
- USB-C + USB-PD!
- OLED is nice I guess

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smartphone talk 

I do have a pinephone at home, but it is still not ready to leave the compute lab, plus it is HUGE for my taste

I really like the concept of the fairphone, but it is also huge; maybe if it would be open hardware, I'd be willing to make a compromise for it.

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smartphone talk 

back then I used to have a galaxy s5neo as an employer-provided phone, it was huge and I did not like it first but then I got used to it, and for a while it was weird when I returned to my trusty z5c... I really like that the z5c is smol enough to put into my pockets and I think I still want to stick with the compact phones,,

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smartphone talk, android, launchers, 🔃 ok 

Do you have a favorite Android launcher app? Right now I'm using Smart Launcher 5, but it got ads & became bloated.

Something I'm looking for:
- fast, lean, no bs
- I don't need widgets
- homescreen needs a clock and a date display, and maybe 5 icons
- the app menu has categories and can sort based on usage frequency
- no ads what so ever and it does not sell my data.
- bonus points if it's open source. In that case I'm more open to make compromises.

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smartphone talk, pixel 4a 

wtf, I can't buy it in Austria

sure I could ask someone to forward it to me, but you know what? fuck off google

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smartphone talk, pixel 4a, 🔃 ok 

@uint8_t another + you can install graphene os

smartphone talk 

@uint8_t maybe not what you're looking for, but maybe it is?

crowdsupply.com/sutajio-kosagi

smartphone talk 

@x41 nah, I already have plenty more need-some-hacking gadgets than time :(
also it's too pricey, and with those FPGAs won't even last as long as a pinephone with stock Debian on a single charge

I love the concept and I'm happy that it exists and people are excited about it! It is however unsuited for me as daily driver.

smartphone talk 

@uint8_t It’s /frustrating/ how companies seem to believe *everyone* wants an iPad sized phone. Personally, I still miss the iPhone 3G, with a 3.5” display, sized so it could be held comfortably in one hand, the entire display navigable with that thumb.

smartphone talk, pixel 4a, 🔃 ok 

@uint8_t I love it really much, color is not too much of a downside for me, want a nice case tho, I haven't installed lineageos yet but it's on my todo list. the camera is really good.

i would recommend it

smartphone talk 

@uint8_t small? it's 30% bigger than the z5c afaict. hard to find small ones these days though :-(

smartphone talk 

@chrysn it is bigger than my z5c but pretty much smaller than anything else on the market rn :(

also, relatively speaking, screen size increased more than the body size, so it isn't that big of a change

smartphone talk 

@uint8_t good point about body size, was just comparing what's easy.
one small one on the market is the cubot kingkong mini. needs serious despywareing and has no lineage support, but it's really compact, sane value-price ratio, and a widespread chipset (so hopes for custom firmeware are not lost yet).

smartphone talk, android, launchers, 🔃 ok 

@uint8_t OpenLauncher is FLOSS and simple-and-straightforward; the app drawer is probably more limited than you'd like (plain alphabetical list); I use home screen submenus instead. github.com/openlauncherteam/op

smartphone talk, android, launchers, 🔃 ok 

@uint8_t maybe not what you're looking for, but I like and use KISS launcher, available on f-droid

smartphone talk, android, launchers, 🔃 ok 

@uint8_t I really like KISS Launcher, but it doesn't meet all of your criteria. It's open source and lean as all heck. It has a favorites bar that you can add frequently used apps to. Mostly you use it by starting to search the name of the app you want to use. It auto-suggests based on usage history and tags that you've assigned to apps. You could "categorize" apps by giving a few apps the same tag and then typing that tag. Contact names and device settings can also be included in the search results. Give it a whirl if you want to try something different.

smartphone talk 

@uint8_t I got the 3a a few weeks ago; I was surprised how much I liked it. I think it was largely due to the fact that it mostly fits in my hand while my previous one was just absurdly huge and required both hands.

of course, it's still a google device, nothing to be done about that; I don't actually trust it.

smallphone talk 

@technomancy there is lineage and microG for that!

smallphone talk 

@uint8_t yeah, I've used lineage on previous devices... it's an improvement, but it never really felt like it wiped the stench of Google all the way off.

smartphone talk, pixel 4a, 🔃 ok 

@uint8_t I'm using the pixel 3a as work phone. It's a decent phone, nice size, solid construction. The 4a shouldn't be much worse, should it? I'd say go for it.

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@uint8_t alza.at/google-pixel-4a-schwar

€4,50 Versand falls du nicht in Wien wohnst

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@pludikovsky 105 € teurer als in Deutschland? Nein, danke.

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@uint8_t Leider via Amazon ("nur" als Shop-Plattform), aber das wären dann knapp €400: amazon.de/dp/B08JN54LK3

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