This goes without saying but just through I would post a timely reminder, when something is too cheap to 'tru' -
In this instance you could root the phone, install firewall, Xposed framework and then Xprivacy - which is very simple as the phone is running generic android -
Now as well all know even the top tier manufactures pull this shit, but not as blatantly or to the same degree. And conversely for the money the R1 HD is going for (£99) there are more than enough alternatives out there -
- Did a search on GSM arena for phone of same spec or higher - GSMarena
So plenty of other BETTER alternatives etc, the Xiaomi Redme 5 looks like a tasty handset. Buy like BLU they have been caught siphoning customer data back in 2014 and the MUI launcher in 2016. So for me one option is to get a used Nexus 5.
The rule of thumb here is always install a firewall and if possible a permissions manager - there are rooted and non-root variants out there. I personally am rooted and use Xprivacy because the built in permission manager for android 6 and above will stop some apps from working. Xprivacy works under the OS (via root) so apps don't get a choice so don't complain.
Edited by Bikerdude, 27 July 2017 - 06:22 AM.