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  1. You will have to deal with getting it to CZ, that can be a disadvantage. Look for services which will forward the package from DE to CZ (mailboxde.com or something similar), if you do go that route as there have been reports of Google cancelling the order if the address was not in Germany. As for OP markup, there shouldn't be any if you buy it from oneplus directly, even the shipping is free. And AFAIK the package comes really fast from their central warehouse in Poland.
  2. Pixel 4a, without a doubt. It has all you wish for and if you order it from Germany, you can get it for 340€ which is quite lower then your budget. Nord would be a good option if you swallow its artificial handicap of its more premium brothers. It also does not have a headphone jack. Also, its a bit of a wildcard as this is Oneplus's second fooray into "budget" category. The first one with the Oneplus X didn't go well and OP just killed the device and the result was a lot of unhappy people who were cheated out of timely device support. Point is, if the Nord doesn't do well (we know now the hype didn't deliver), the history might repeat itself. Not saying it will, it's just something I'd be mindful of (this is coming from a jaded OP6T owner that once upon a time considered buying OP X).
  3. Why do you think you need 8gb of ram? Pretty sure the OS will nope the f* and close a few things before it ever lets you use all that. And for the love of god, don't buy refurbished or 2 years old days past flagships. You will be out of support before the honeymoon phase is over and the battery will have 2 years woth of degradation on it (even if it was unused for 2 years - still degrades).
  4. Have a look at this. Basically, all android phones run off a LTS (long term support) linux kernel which is supported for about 6 years. Now thats fine if you buy a device that launched at the start of kernel life, then you get those guaranteed 2 years. But devices launch all year round, every year which means some a released with less then 2 years left on kernel life. That in practice means that if the OEM decided to support the device for full 2 years, SIGNIFICANT effort would have to go into it, to backport all the kernel patches (monthly android security bulletins and such) to old devices. As you might figure, they don't do that which is why sometimes "shockingly" some devices get the boot and people rage about it. This is the reason Google supports (and has the potential to support them even further) their devices better, because they simply have less work to do to backport stuff, if they have to. As you can imagine other OEMs are heavily customized and have a hard time identifying and backporting stuff, hence why they (mostly) don't do it. This is your reason why android support and fragmentation is abismal and why I have to witness Samsung (or any other - but Samsung is on the record) actually support devices for 3 years, before I believe them. In the end It might just be a select few devices, but I good PR stunt just the same. Starting from Android 12, Google will start enforcing generic kernel images, and that might pave the way for longer device support. We should all benefit from this, but the lazy "we have 3 million phone models" OEMs may stand to gain the most from this. On a personal note... I'm never buying anything other then a Pixel device again. Not because I like stock android or coz I like Google. I'll buy Pixel because they have support for booting a different ROM with verified boot enabled (no bootloader unlock needed and the next best thing other then running a custom rom). My rooting days are behind me now and these days I'd rather have more security and verified boot.
  5. Out of curiosity... how does it check that? Is it one of those that requires access to your email inbox and SWEARS they only scan the subject bar, not the contents of emails itself? If that's it, my advice would be... go through your email manually. Don't give some random thing access to your inbox.
  6. I can't confirm that. I'm on my second tomahawk max and I updated the BIOS first thing on both (as MSI seems quite active with new BIOS releases).
  7. Updates do nothing if you get robbed, yes, that is obviously correct. I'm even tempted to jab about robbery and updates being used in the same sentence as 'tinfoil hat' argument. Bloat you don't use does slow the experience down as it's taking memory and processor cycles. You do not notice that at first, when everything is new and shiny, but gets a lot more noticable over the years, as apps get updated, their feature set expanded and generally become more resource heavy. I assume if you fiddle with root, you also at some point fiddled with a more lightweight flavor of android which is your real world example. There can also be an argument that bloat increases the potential for security exploits, which does make sense, as the attack surface is larger. A real world example of exploting Samsungs bloat (and Androids shared memory space) has been demonstrated here. Debloating is a security feature, who knew, right? *shocked pikachu* Regarding the batteries, I agree to a point. Capacity might extend the batteries life, but real life examples of that don't follow that "more capacity is more better". That info is freely out there in the form of reviews. Lets also not forget that batteries degrade even if the phone sits turned off for 2 years. Knowing that, I wouldn't expect that this phones battery is going to behave drastically differently then others out there. The capacity trend is 2 years old now, data is out there. Talking about functional longevity, for me, inherently means that battery will need to be changed at some point, because the battery will be dead long before the hardware is no longer up to the job. So I don't quite understand why changing a battery or incurring this modest cost is a problem, or why you would be against that being the norm when arguing about longevity of a device. I guess I should ask what you define as functional longevity, so we can both argue from the same definition? The phone definately does have a selling point, I'm not arguing it does not. I'm arguing if the dev support isn't there, no ammount of hardware alone will make the phone long lasting. Something having longevity these days is no longer (just) a question of hardware, but (mostly) rather software. For me, it always comes down to dev support as the requirement #1, because I do keep my phones until they are no longer up to the job, and I always expect to change the battery at some point.
  8. Linus reviewed an Asus phone on Short Circuit a few days ago. I remember him mentioning fine grain control on charging and battery. If that's on all Asus phones tho, idk, but that should give you enough to look into it.
  9. How does his post imply anything 'tinfoil hat'? Fact is, they still are a manucaturer that goes above and beyond to bundle a second app store, a second messaging app... basically a double of everyting. Even that alone can be an argument for device longevity, but let's not get into it. I also do not understand how, when making a topic with the words in the title developer support isn't "an issue". Are you going to run "the epitome of longevity" years later without any security updates? I will get behind the statement that dev support is the only important thing for device longevity "for years to come". Having a 7kmAh battery also won't protect you from it degrading and having to replace it, so I don't get the statement about user cost. That said, it is an interesting device.
  10. They shit the bed with the camera. OP doesn't have the best track record with the camera as it is, but then they focus on the number of camera instead of getting like 2 and both of them working to their best. The camera CAN do better, since its the same sensor as in OP8, they just fucked it up somehow, or didn't optimize it well enough to work with the other two gimmicky cameras. Most probably it's like that by design because like the AndroidAuth reviewer said, it can't be the "flagship killer" since if would "kill" their own higher end lineup. IMHO the only thing this device has going for it that really sets it apart from the competition, is the fact that OxygenOS really is the best android experience you can get. Even Google could learn a thing of two. Period.
  11. I use mullvad. Part of 5 eyes, but probably one the few vpns that is 100% anonymous if u want it to be. There is no registration with personal info needed. U can also pay with BTC. Its also the only one (apart from PIA) that works well for me in central EU. NordVPN was a shitshow for me, weather thats because of my location or years back they had shitty endpoints, i dont know. That PIA interview LTT made didnt convince me. I'm just waiting for the shoe to drop with their new owners.