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Does the exact phone matter if I root and run a custom ROM?
My first and only android phone is a Nexus One, which I'm still running. Once the Nexus S came out, and Cyanogen beat Google to a Gingerbread ROM for the Nexus One, I rooted and have been running Cyanogen ever since. My poor old Nexus is starting to reach the end of its life (as I run A2SD-EXT Darktremor due to the tiny internal memory so I'm experiencing pretty serious slowdown).
I had been extremely tempted by the Galaxy Nexus as I love the Vanilla flavour of android. But it just occured to me, if I get a phone likely to be strongly supported by the developer community (especially Cyanogen as its my ROM of choice), is it really necessary to get a dev phone?!
What are the community's thoughts on this? I also read that potentially ICS will lead manufacturers to drop their custom skins. You think there's any truth in this? I mean, I can see the benefits of Sense, but Blur and TouchWiz seem to detract from the experience for me.
So my question is, for a lover of Vanilla/CyanogenMod, is there a big enough benefit from a Nexus device, or would I be equally happy with a rooted and well developer supported phone?