I've done some light investigating and have been researching the differences in user experience related to the title of this post.
Now, keep in mind that I will be using this phone in the Mainland where I live and work.
I understand that by getting the Chinese version of Android Pie 9.0, I would have practically the same OS as others who have the international edition (which features Android One) Quick differences I found through investigation:
- No Google Pay
- No Google Assistant
- No Google Play (but it can be side-loaded, and work fine [with a VPN])
If I were to have the international edition with Android One, I can honestly say that I would not use either Google Pay nor the Google Assistant. I would take advantage of Google Play for certain apps that I think I'd like to use.
Another caveat to getting the international edition and using it while working and living on the Mainland is the issue of warranty. In the city where I live, I found that there are three (3) 'Nokia Care certified' shops. If I were to buy a Hong Kong/Macau variant, and if something were to go wrong with my device, I would have to send it back to Hong Kong (which is no easy task, believe me), have it repaired, and then have it sent back to me. Having a Chinese ROM would allow me to have the phone serviced in this city.
According to testimonials online from people in the US who purchased a Chinese Nokia X7 (which is allegedly the Nokia 8.1 in the rest of the world), they claimed that setting up the Google Play store was effortless, Android 9.0 Pie was almost identical to others they knew who were running stock variants, and they were able to receive updates as usual. Their phone was also able to be booted in English.
So, with all of that being said, have I missed anything that would really inspire me to try getting an Android One variant over the Chinese FrankenDroid?
At first, the thought of getting a Chinese ROM sounded unappealing, but the more I dug, I found that there would not be as much of a disruption as I thought, and there could possibly be more of an inconvenience if I had the misfortune of needing to get the device repaired.
Any of your thoughts or further information would be gladly welcome!