I have been wanting to move away from dependence on Google for a long time now and I’m ready to bite the bullet. I’ve done a significant amount of digging and I think I’ve narrowed it down to either using Lineage OS or /e/ but I had a few questions and I was hoping for recommendations (although I imagine in many cases, the preference may be personal.
For context, my preferences are a completely Google-free (I don’t like the idea of an unethical company profiting from my data) and relatively secure/privacy conscious experience. I don’t need a vast array of apps, and I know not having Google Services precludes a number of apps but that’s okay for me. I’d quite like the phone to still allow me to connect to a Garmin smartwatch, although this isn’t essential. Finally, and I think this may be the trickiest, if there’s a way to sync some apps with my Windows laptop (e.g. calendar), that’d be great (although I am also thinking of using an alternate OS on my computer soon too!).
So, my questions are:
- Would you recommend /e/ or Lineage OS?
- Should I consider using Fairphone Open Source instead?
- What’s the difference between /e/ Q and /e/ PIE?
Thanks in advance!