My wife and I just picked up iPhone SE’s a few weeks ago. I’d like this to be my phone for at least the next two years+. It’s still expensive, but not nearly as much as the front of the iPhone line, it’s way smaller (which I appreciate) has a bunch of storage, etc. I’m ok with the fingerprint ID, but you can turn it off.
For those that bought into the open source is freedom argument a few decades ago, the landscape is looking bleak. It takes a lot of effort to not give over your existence to the FANG machine (coopting the investing FANG term, facebook-amazon-netflix-google plus apple for these purposes).
I tried for a while, used a Linux laptop exclusively, an independent distribution of Android, etc. I’ve given up. Sorry freedom, I failed.