It gets sublimely discouraging to have the american dream of big house in the suburbs shoved in your face by every american media.
In hk it looks like it costs them an arm and a leg for a small apt, which i totally feel
Primary goals is the cheapest smart phone possible that receives security updates.
Cheapest place seems to be in order:
> 1. [aliexpress](https://www.aliexpress.com)
> 2. Ebay
Walmart/best buy have refurbished/used/open box phones for pretty cheap but they're often old versions of android.
Local used phone stores are pretty sketch, at least the ones i called. They also have many times fewer reviews making them harder to vet than like ebay.
Amazon is not nearly as cheap as you'd hope. swapp.com is basically another amazon.
Aliexpression sometimes has customs fee that are not included in the price. It takes like 2 months for items to arrive. Ebay is somewhat similar, didn't specifically look into it as much.
Best method is probably to have a burner phone/old phone and order from aliexpress.
Some chinese companies seem to make pretty cheap phones: xiaomi, realme, redmi, alcatel.
Lemmy users say nokia and motorola are cheaper than avg.
Pixels are expensive but have ~6 yrs of software updates from google.
Fairphones have some hipster potential since they're easier to repair so it might be possible to make one last like 6 years, but like a new one is like 1000$
Some advice on how to buy phones in general: there are too many options so it might feel overwhelming. But just keep on browsing through them and eventually you'll start remembering things like redmi 9 isn't good enough and redmi 4 is older than 9 so it's definitely not good enough. It's easiest just to pick a brand (ex redmi) and just browser through redmi listings, then switch to the next brand and compared listings.
Haven't investigated iphone much
# Cheap custom phone custom ROM guide:
GrapheneOS is more like a middle class+ OS. Only works on expensive devices like pixels and not even old pixels. "lifetime of devices will remain based on manufacturer support." When Google stops updating it, graphene stops updating it. Source: https://grapheneos.org/releases
LineageOS maintains support for old phones longer than the brand name manufacturers according to: https://www.reddit.com/r/LineageOS/comments/6gy2v4/what_kind_of_long_term_support_is_offered_for/ (there's no "stable" / "recommend" release. Nightly are what everyone uses). Looks harder to do than graphene. A bunch of the installation guides require a windows computer. Not as compatible with google play as one would hope, which can affect even basics like google maps.
Almost bought an app that wouldn't have been compatible with my device. Noticed a random review that said 'not compatible' and then i checked my compatibility. I'd reckon it's more of a problem if you got an old/weak device - which is all of mine lol.
All the guides I've seen are like "check out this budget phone for $350, it has five cameras"
I only need one camera and it just has to be good enough to take pictures of documents while still being readable.
Like 16gb storage minimum. 2gb ram minimum.
Most phones seem to be way over those specs knocking up price. A bunch that r more affordable don't go up to Android 12. I assume Android 12 is important so I don't get hacked when I'm trying to do banking on my phone on unsecured public Wi-Fi (which is where I do all my banking :( )
I'm planning to put on a screen protector, but it'll only cover the top half of my phone.
1. Will It keep the crack from spreading?
2. Will I noticed the difference in touch functionality in terms of top half vs bottom half?
Depending how substandard the place you live in is. My neighbors flooded and dmged his router. Mine had a leak and i got luck.
My router is sorta a problem because it specifically says do not cover, but i have to cover it with something to repel water but allow ventilation. Milk crate with the top covered by a corrugated plastic?
Aside from the obvious of drinking water.
Put it close to your body for warmth or coldness. Can help regulate temperature off your bed.
I'm talking the plastic one use bottles. Rip the labels off to decrease its weight. If you're walking to a place that has water that you can fill up at, jetson all the water you have and fill up there if weight is a concern.
More cushiony then nothing.
Increases buoyancy for swimming.
Bottle deposit money.
If your boss sucks and you need to pee (shout out to home boy Jeff Bezos)
I've done all of these besides peeing.