Review: Using A LG G5 On Sprint BYOD Unlimited Free Plan

So last March I saw this great post on Slickdeals about the Sprint BYOD unlimited free plan. It’s not free, but close to it (only taxes need to be paid which works out to be under $4 a month per line). I signed up for it and grabbed a used LG G5 from eBay for around fifty bucks.

The reason I chose this phone is that it has decent specs being a former flagship phone, and great cameras. I also don’t need the marketing hype of the latest and greatest.

The upsides of this phone…

It’s dirt cheap
Great cameras
Support for GCAM (i.e. Google Camera)
Removable battery
Supports powerbear cases
Supports NFC and Google Pay

The downsides of this phone…

Stuck on Sprint
Tons of Sprint bloatware (easily disabled)
Crappy OEM battery (2800 mAh)
No new OEM batteries available
It’s not rootable
It’s used
No Android updates anymore (Android 7)

But hey for fifty bucks, what do you expect?

So what did I do to make this phone better?

  • For starters I disabled all that bloatware.
  • I don’t install too many apps.
  • I use Blokada to block ads (no need to root it)
  • I use the Google camera app. (I am super grateful to the developers who hacked it to work on this device)
  • I use the twilight app for blue light filtering.
  • I disable features that I don’t use, even Google ones, such as Google Assistant and replace them with Google Go.
  • Paired it with a power bear battery (and power bear case) and that solves the crappy battery issue. The downside being that it is a brick now.

That’s pretty much it. Oh there is one Sprint app where you might want to add is the My Sprint Rewards app. Occasionally you get some pretty good stuff from there, like free gifts cards.

Review: European Goat Milk Infant Formula

You’ve probably heard of the FDA warnings about goat milk formula from Europe. Having lived in Finland, this seems silly to me considering what they add to infant formulas in the United States, like corn syrup.

Not crazy about the packaging, but this is our workaround. Don’t want bugs getting into it!

My 1 month old son gets very gassy with normal formula, so we are using sensitive formula anyway. We went with Holle Bio 1 and so far the experience has been very good! We made this choice since we are familiar with the Holle brand from our time in Finland with our older children.

Holler Stage 1 mixed with water

He gets a mix of breastmilk and formula. We also rotate Plum Organics Gentle Formula which is the best US made formula we could get, but we’ve already run into supply issues with that one. It’s often sold out on Amazon, but a great pick as well.

Plum Organics Gentle… Sold out on Amazon ATM

Whatever you choose, hope your baby is happy and well!