1. Kevin Black2's Avatar
    Good day

    I’m hoping someone can steer me in the right direction for the right phone.

    Up until 4 months ago I was happy camper with my Samsung Galaxy S3 rooted with Cyanogen-mod.
    Then it died and not keeping up on the latest changes I went out and grabbed a SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 SM-G900A AT&T SW-VER G900AUCU3B0C4 - LP 5.0. Little did I know that they had locked it up tighter than a drum? Wow, with the software bloat and not being able to use CM on this thing is driving me nuts.

    I’m with Cricket now and I guess that puts in with GSM. Though an unlocked NW phone that could handle both GSM and CDMA would be nice but not a must.

    I’m looking for –

    - 2 GB RAM
    - 4.8 – 5.5 Display
    - One you can root
    - Customize with CM
    - 16-32 Internal ROM
    - MicroSD card support
    - Cost under $250
    Note - I really don’t use a Camera and I don’t play games on these

    Unless someone can suggest something else I was look at these two straight from Motorola.
    What do you all think –

    MOTO G3 GSM (XT1540) AndroidTM Lollipop 5.1.1
    MOTO G4 GSM/CDMA (XT1625) Android™ 6.0.1, Marshmallow

    Thank you so much for your time and help.
    08-28-2016 11:14 AM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    Your problem isn't the phone, it's the manufacturer and carrier. AT&T Samsung phones are welded shut. If you want the normal Android-type access to the phone, stay away from that combination - Samsung/AT&T.

    Anything else (so far) will have an unlockable bootloader, can run Cyanogen (if there's a version for it), etc.

    BTW, the software bloat isn't a problem. Root, then uninstall (freeze first, to make sure lack of the app won't cause a problem) the app. But any ROM you flash has to be a modification of the stock ROM, which lets Cyanogen out.
    08-28-2016 04:26 PM

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