I want a highly durable but also inexpensive phone. It's gotta be android, because I want to run whatever @andrestaltz comes up with.
I most recently had a samsung j2, which is bottom of the bin "smart phone". It was completely fine, until the USB plug gave out. Apparently, microusb is designed to have 10k plug/unplug cycles that should be about around a decade or so!
Working theory: it's not the socket, it's the connection between the socket and the phone - on a cheap phone it's just a surface mount, and this probably breaks, especially given that stiff part of the cable coming out of the phone is quite long compared to the actual plug so you have a large moment working to break the socket off the circuitboard.
- There is wireless charging, and this can be added to a phone easily enough
- I need to use
adbsometimes (hmm, but not as often as charging) this can be done over wifi, but you still need to turn it on by plugging in a usb cable (!?!)
- qi charging moves power, but not data unfortunately.
- If you have root, you can enable wifi debugging without plugging in a cable. Seems I need root to have a truly cable free phone.
- According to research by tencent a staggering 80% of chinese android users have rooted phones. I also heard this number reported as 27% of all android users. My guess is this wouldn't be possible unless there were vendors who could do this as a service.
- I saw an "apple" store in Phnom Penh (capital of Cambodia) that would jailbreak your device and also install pirated software for you.
- there are also people selling prerooted phones on ebay.
- device manufacturers are moving towards USB-C, but given my experience with microusb I really don't trust sockets optimized for smallness.