While I agree in principle with the idea that if you need a sub $300 cell phone picking up an older phone is a good idea.
However, at least in android world, any phone over 2 years old probably will not get any updates, specifically security updates.
It was only a few months ago that Google & Qualcomm started promising 3-4 years of security updates.
Yeah, I was personally surprised when I saw the noise about Google and Qualcomm increasing their support to 4 years, I already thought it was at that level, but never thought about it because I always grabbed the newest phone every year.
Arstechnica had an write up about the Fairphone and their complaints that the main issue they have with pushing support out to 5 years has more to do with Qualcomm than Android.
I liked LG because they kept pretty good DACs in their phones, which is huge for me. I’ll still keep my V50 until it breaks, but I was going to do that anyways. But you are right in that part of the reason I stayed in the LG cloud was because it didn’t cost me a thing to keep upgrading.
I purchased an M1 Mac Mini back in February when my PC short circuited and burned all the internal components. It is the version with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. For someone who doesn’t game a lot (mostly Civ and The Long Dark), it works just fine for my needs. Part of me wonders if this was a proof of concept to sell them as servers.
One question I have about a computer with an Nvidia ARM processor, and apologies if this sounds stupid. But would the graphics drivers be baked into the chip? I ask because I think the Nvidia drivers for Linux are proprietary.
Drivers are software that tells the operating system how to “talk” to a particular piece of hardware. You can’t “bake” drivers into hardware.
The NVidia ARM processor is an ARM processor not fundamentally different from the ones in our phones or your M1 Mac. It’s just architected for servers in a datacenter, so wouldn’t be very useful for a phone or a desktop at home.