not happy with the system on it due to the annoying google involvement
lots of messages when disabling play services!
very happy with the phone itself
now have ubuntu touch on it but no sound and some other flaws
desperately in need of a working system that somewhat more gives me the idea that it is my phone and not the system’s
Are you trying to disable the Google Play Service app entirely and yet still use some of the embedded service?
I can see 13 major services many of which I don’t use, so overall it’s not a problem, I have no Google account so many just don’t apply. I don’t regularly use location, only when at home to temporarily connect to a device and I don’t require a mobile network or Wi-Fi or GPS to use location. In my case it uses bluetooth.
I’m very happy with my FP4 (running CalyxOS) and I know that my family member is happy with a stock FP4.
But, there are bugs, quite a few, and from what I’ve witnessed over the last 1.5 years I’m not very confident that they are getting resolved soon. I’m thankfully not affected by most of them, or there are workarounds I can use, but if you want a phone you don’t have to fiddle with and that just works™, this aint it.
I’m still confident that those two FP4s will make it to 5 years and beyond, but at the moment I wouldn’t buy one. 5 years from today is a lot harder than 5 years from when I bought them in 2021.
If you can manage to keep your current device going, I’d try to make it to the FP5 if I were you.
/e/ OS is one option therefore. Afaict everything works there.
With one of the latest version updates it’s now also possible to get a (G**gle) account registered if one feels the need for something contradictive like this.