I need to buy a new phone (that hopefully I'll keep for at least 4 years, as I did with my current one) and the r/GrapheneOS project captured my attention.
(in case you've never heard of GrapheneOS, it's a privacy and security focused ROM that has many interesting features that I would love to have on my phone, but it's made just for Pixels)
With the budget I have I could buy a Pixel 6a or many other phones in the same price range that have better specs on paper but with similar results (basing these statements on many reviews I've seen around the web that were really enthusiast about the 6a despite its lower specs).
My doubt is: would the 6a be comparable to other phones in his price range even with a custom (even though specific for Pixels) ROM? Or are those happy reviews consequences only of the Google version of Android that's mounted on the Pixels out-of-the-box?
How many of you currently use their Pixels with custom ROMs (such as GrapheneOS)? Are you happy with the phone performance/usability?
PS: Please note that buying a Pixel 6a and not flashing any custom rom on it is not an option for me. The motivation of this choice are beyond the scope of this post (but I'll be happy to discuss them in a different one if you want)