i've just bought the new banana and i wanted to share some idea with you.
first of all i have to say that i'm quite happy with it.
i'll use it as a backup phone when i don't want to use my smartphone and for the price it gives me 4g, wi-fi hotspot, gps with maps and dual sim.
that's quite a bang for the bucks.
that said, i've read around in this forum about the issues you all had, and i'll try to group my experience in two parts:
1- the good.
the phone has a stable 4g connection and is readily recognised by my macbook even with usb tethering connection, so great as modem. gps gave me no problem (aside a quite slow fix on cold start) and google maps is useful even without navigation feature. the screen is good and readable, the OS is quite easy to use. it seems decent when it comes to privacy features, but i haven't opened a kaiOS account yet and i'm still deciding about it.
2- the (little) bad
"bad" is definitely a strong word since we're talking about a cheap feature phone.
for this same reason i disagree with those of you complaining about the absence of this or that application or some advanced feature.
as said, is a cheap feature phone. it has some quite good plus as the 4g, wi-fi, gps and dual sim.
i think we can forgive the loss of some nerdy side.
for the same reason i totally understand the presence of a processor which is all but zippy, giving lags quite often.
moreover, i think it's fair to say that KaiOS is quite immature yet.
there are several bugs and missing functionalities which i hope will be added soon:
well, my 2 cents.