Tinker to your heart's content with these Android phones.
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If you're not content with the software some company decided you are allowed to use and are willing to roll up your sleeves and do something about it, theNexus 5X is the best phone to do it with.
Because it's a phone directly from Google, the bootloader is easy to unlock using tools and directions Google gives you, and you'll have no restrictions on the software you can install. If you keep going until the phone just stops working getting back to the factory software is just as easy, and Google provides a downloadable image you can use to restore.
Just as important is the price. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a phone to enjoy modding it, and the Nexus 5X's low price has made it a popular favorite. You'll find a large online community of people doing the same things with their Nexus 5X that you're interested in doing.
Bottom line:The value-priced Nexus 5X has a large development community and there are no restrictions on what you can do on the software side.
The Nexus 5X is open and affordable.
Phonesdirect from Google all share one common trait — they are easy to root and mod the software. The reason we think the Nexus 5X is the best is because the low price means the community is huge.
Most things that can be done on one Google phone can also be done to the others, but every once in a while a device-specific issue arises and when that happens, the best thing you can have is a large group of people that act as a support channel. Routinely checking in under $200 USD, the 5X is also a great phone to get if you're looking for a second device to play around with while you use your primary phone to hold all your personal data without compromising its security.
Whether you're new to phone modding or an old hat, we can't help but recommend the Nexus 5X as the best phone to do any of it.
A higher-spec option
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OnePlus phones have been a fan favorite among Android enthusiasts since the company was started, but theOnePlus 3 is different — it's the first phone from them you can buy without an invite.
It's easy to unlock the bootloader and install alternative software, and like the Nexus 5X, the relatively low price makes for a large development community. A strange positive is that issues with the factory software mean that more people are interested in modding the OnePlus 3, which makes a large community even larger.
If you are willing to spend more and get better internals on the phone you intend to break open, the OnePlus 3 is worth looking at.
Bottom line:High-end specs and a budget price make the OnePlus 3 a contender. Easy modifications and a large community also make it an excellent choice for rooting and modding.
The flagship option