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Hey everyone, I made a topic awhile ago but now that thing are finally boiling down to the last day, I need help in choosing a phone. I'm on a Verizon family plan right now and I'm rocking a LG Cosmos (old basic feature phone, no data). I'm not familiar with smart phones or what the process is in dealing with them because I've never really paid attention to the phone scene at all. I'm due for an upgrade and because I've got a lot of other expenses, I'm trying to find the best "free phone". I've looked at Wirefly/Amazon/Best Buy/Verizon Wireless' website. I'm wondering if it's worth it to buy it from 3rd party stores or if I should just go to the Verizon store and do it there. The problem is, the Verizon store doesn't really have any free phones except for two super low-end ones (from what reviews say). Here is the list of phones that are available that I'm interested in.

Verizon Wireless Store:
LG Enlighten (only choice here)

Amazon Wireless Store:
HTC Incredible 2
Motorola Droid X2
LG Revolution 4G

Best Buy Store:
Samsung Stratosphere
Samsung Illusion

Here's my basic usage/ideas:
- Basic Internet (email, youtube, facebook)
- Possible Skype/Webcamming (only available for phones with Front Facing Cameras though)
- Texting/Calling (would prefer the call quality/reception to be good)
- Stock firmware/software has to be good/functional. I don't know if I plan on rooting the phone yet. Looking for phones that can be updated to/come with Android Gingerbread (preferably up to at least 2.3.5)
- 4G isn't a big deal. Dual core isn't a big deal. It seems the software can't really utilize two cores, and I'd prefer nice battery life.
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I'd say get the HTC. For social network integration, HTC Sense is the best by a country mile. And sense is also quite user friendly (I have 2 sisters who used to hate smartphones, after having used HTC sense, they don't want anything else tongue.gif). If you're sure you want to root, and flash other ROMs, I'd say not to get the HTC since it has a signed (ie: locked) bootloader.
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Just a recomendation: i would go with the HTC also. I have an HTC thunderbolt and i love it. I am rooted, oc, and running 2.3.7 rom. It is fast and dependable.thumb.gif

Edit: the HTC phones have unlocked bootloaders from HTC now.
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true, but that phone is one of the phones that still has a locked bootloader, according to a quick google search.
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Yeah the Incredible 2 was one of my top picks next to the Samsung Stratosphere. I like the Stratosphere for it's keyboard and the fact that I hear Samsung is very good with updating software. The Incredible 2 looks pretty awesome because it seems to have access to tons of ROMs (for future fun) as opposed to the Stratosphere which has no support for custom ROMs/Rooting. They are both single core and both have front facing cameras. The thing is, the Incredible 2 for me seems like it would be great if I could root it, but rooting looks a little involved (especially cause I've never done it before). It seems you need to downgrade to version 2.3.3 or something along those lines, then root it. The thing is, a lot of the ROMs don't have a "clear winner" that is completely stable. I was interested in Cyanogen Mod 7 because that seems to be tried and true, and people have updated the CM7 mod even more (since they have seemed to stop development) but I'm not sure if I want to deal with the hassle of a rooted phone.
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development on Cyanogenmod7 has stopped somewaht because CM9 (based on Ice Ceam Sandwich) is currently under development. I'm running the alpha build of it on my phone (Xperia Arc) at the moment actually.

Concerning software updates, I've heard exactly the opposite of Samsung, I ended up covincing one of my friends who has the Galaxy S (or whatever it's called in the US) tgo root because the updates took so long.

Looking at how to downgrade the phone to 2.3.3, it doesn't seem that difficult to me. I've had to use way more command prompts and fastboot to flash stuff on my Arc and root it.

edit: for the record, HTC's Sense is miles ahead of Samsungs Touchwiz
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Well if that's the case, then I guess I'll go for the Incredible 2. The "official" development of CM7 has seemed to stop, but the XDA-Developers forum is making "kangs" or something of them. They've updated the nightly builds and have essentially made a CM7 7.2.0.....but I wonder if it's truly stable.

EDIT: I also found this site called htcdev that unlocks the bootloader. Since HTC is starting to ship unlocked bootloaders, maybe this will be okay to do.
Edited by ma70ent - 1/12/12 at 9:28am
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seems like it, yeah. And looking at how teh unlock process works, it seems like it's exactly teh same process as it was for my Arc.
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So with using the unlock bootloader tool, how would the whole rooting+flashing process work? In what order and what steps would have to be done? I'm pretty confused by all of this stuff because they keep talking about S-Off/S-On and permanent rooting, etc. I read the guide to do it using the downgrade/S-off method, but this one seems to be a bit different.
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a quick poking around over at xda-developers (a site I recommend visiting often if you plan on using custom ROMs), gave me this guide which I think is useful.
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