Re: Or the fourth option...
@ratfox: Google apps are good; they're often the best
no, they are crap. I don't use any Google app (actually, I do use 1 app from them: the calendar, but I use it with external calendars, synced with DavDroid)
- for maps I use OsmAnd+
- for mail I use AquaMail
- as browser I use Opera
- as market I have FDroid (but use GooglePlay also)
- for search I use Qwant (or DuckDuckGo, depends)
I would take a Google-free Android if I could, and would even be willing to pay for it.