Mikey, all that I suggest here is that you search and read some of the old posts on the Phantom that are in this Forum and elsewhere on the web/YT. In theory the Phantom would be a good scooter, The design, features and price range all point towards a good product with a robust base.
However they struggle with quality issues, as well as support and parts procurement issues. If you are set on buying one, just get the V3 and don’t get a converted V2. Apollo is IMO pushing that buy now, upgrade later suggestion because of supply chain issues for new V3 models.
I have 4 scooters and sadly i have lost all confidence to use my Phantom for any longer rides. When i ordered my phantom, I was you. So excited, so looking forward to the delivery, only to experience multiple letdowns from Apollo. Even the two included spare inner tubes they delivered with the scooter were poorly manufactured, and didn’t last. I’m on flat no 3 and only 700 kms on the scooter). All 3 flats where the valve gets molded into the rubber on the top side (not from a puncture) 3 displays, 3 throttles, the neck brace, the first “upgrade” kit to fix some QC faults.
I appreciated that the replacements were free, but man I’m constantly taking things apart and mounting new parts. I’m just tired of it. I WANT to love my Phantom. I WANT to speak highly of it. However I just can’t. So I jump on one of my other scooters and take them when i know i’m going for a 50 km ride. Good luck with you decision.