Unboxing the Simple Phone X2, a privacy-focused smartphone running MicroG to cut out core Google services and reduce tracking. The Simple Phone sports very similar specs and hardware to the Murena Phone One (my hands-on review went live last week), although the software side is quite different. Here you have a handful of custom Simple OS apps, plus F-Droid for downloading fresh efforts.
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That UI is basic but customisable, while the security tools include face unlock and a fingerprint sensor. On the privacy side, you can choose which packages are installed and fiddle with a wide variety of permissions, including the MicroG settings. The Bootloader is locked by default but you can unlock this and re-lock if you like.
If you don’t want to mess around with custom ROMs etc, the Simple Phone could be a respectable privacy-focused option. However, the specs aren’t as impressive as many rivals at this UK price point. You don’t get OLED tech, that Mediatek Helio G60 chipset is old and the camera tech is basic.
Simple Phone Unboxing Chapters:
0:00 – Simple
0:44 – What’s in the box?
1:28 – Design
2:24 – Simple OS
3:26 – Apps
4:38 – Settings
6:12 – Specs
6:56 – Performance & battery
7:43 – Cameras
8:17 – Byyyeeeee
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