Funny, but I'd say yes. At least if you buy an Android phone your choices of free software is much larger and you have a chance to install an Android distro without Big Tech.
I'd advice people to buy a device supported by LineageOS and allow you to unlock the bootloader. The ability to unlock the bootloader should be added as a requirement to some consumer EU legislation imo.
Kind Regards the guy who doesn't use smartphones and survived.
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