Whether you are thinking about getting a new 2015 flagship smartphone like the Galaxy S6 or maybe getting the 2014 LG G3 as prices have dropped in half, here’s some of my thoughts into the Android smartphones from 2014 and 2015.
Now, this buying guide is geared towards people who want to know some of the highlights of each of these phones and I wanted to include some of my thoughts on rooting and custom ROM development on each. This isn’t probably the best guide in the world but then again, I have personally bought all of these phones with my hard, earned money and yes, I have used them all as daily driver. If you are in the market to buy a new phone or used phone, this guide should help you.
First, I will include Galaxy Note 3. Although it’s a 2013 device, I still consider it 2014 phone since this phone always comes out near the end of the year plus Note 3 is still a beastly phone. If you want the best phablet under $350, Note 3 may be your best bet. Coupled by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.3Ghz and 1080P screen, the Note 3 will also give you the ability to swap out batteries on-the-go and easily extend the storage up to extra 128GB with use of its micro-SD card slot. This is probably one of the most versatile smartphones out there if you also consider its S-Pen capabilities. Note 3 also has great custom ROM support, you will find more custom ROMs for this bad boy than Note 4 as it’s an older phone. With overclocking to 2.726Ghz, you can easily surpass the 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801 processor on newer smartphones like Galaxy S5, LG G3, and OnePlus One.
Prices on the Note 3 vary anywhere from around $380 for a brand, new device to $300 for a used model. I highly recommend you to buy the T-Mobile Note 3 or the SM-N9005 international model as they have the best custom ROMs and the T-Mobile Note 3 supports all AT&T, T-Mobile, and international 4G LTE frequencies. Stay away from AT&T or Verizon Note 3 models (unless they are rooted or they come shipped in unbroken box with original firmware) as they have locked bootloaders and you cannot install AOSP custom ROMs nor root it on Lollipop. In general, AT&T and Verizon are bad news for flashaholics, avoid them at all costs when possible!!!
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