1. Jim Thornburg's Avatar
    I have a Galaxy S6, which I really enjoy using every day. However, with all the fun stuff you can do with Android, I'd like to try it out (rooting, custom roms, whatever) but without bricking my daily driver. Any suggestions on what phone to get? And also, I'm really cheap so I'm not looking to buy a brand new $500+ phone. Just want something that'll take a software licking and keep on ticking.

    05-26-2016 01:50 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Look for a refurbished Nexus 5. I've been seeing them pop up on daily deal sites like DailySteals.com or Woot.com lately for around $120-150.

    Here's one on Groupon Goods for $170, but I've definitely seen it for less: groupon.com/deals/gg-lg-google-nexus-5-32gb-smartphone
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-26-2016 03:24 PM
  3. Jim Thornburg's Avatar
    Thanks! That's the kind of advice I was looking for. I realize now my question was very vague.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    05-26-2016 03:36 PM
  4. Jim Thornburg's Avatar
    05-26-2016 04:27 PM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I'd stay away from the cheapie no-name Chinese phones. If you want to root and customize the phone, it has to have a known root exploit, which isn't always the case for these phones.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-27-2016 11:23 AM
  6. Jim Thornburg's Avatar
    Ok last question: What about the BLU phones you can buy on Amazon?
    05-31-2016 04:10 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Blu can be decent, but I've also seen various complaints about quality control on these forums. One of our Ambassadors, itguyjax8430, has a Blu Life One XL (at least I think that's his model), which he has had good things to say about. But a lot of Blu phones have no more than 8 GB of internal storage (which means about 5 GB for your own use), and that can be fairly limiting.
    06-01-2016 12:18 AM

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