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Well, the gozilla glass on the LG specs is a plus that isn't talked about much.
When I upgraded my phone about a month ago, I wanted to be able to easily root and ROM as I had been doing on my droid-x using CM9/gummy/AOKP. This is a more important feature for me than cameras or audio.
Motorola is driving people crazy by their newer updates plugging all exploits for rooting and disallowing downgrading to earlier versions. I read the latest update for Razer is the same, and every Verizon motorola phone is going to get one of these OTAs. The pop up gave a choice of OTA now or later, and then keeps coming back. It was a whole lot of work for me to get to rooted 621 on the droid-x (not Milestone X rooted, but 621 rooted), though I later went to AOKP as my favorite ROM. But, if I need blur features like playing video from phone onto my HDTV, I need to restore my rooted 621 nandroid backup.
So Motorola is chasing away all the potential buyers who like to root and ROM. New Motorola phones will come with the latest updates and will be unrootable.
So which manufacturers cater to people who like to root and ROM?
Anyway, for ease of rooting and playing - my choice was the Galaxy Nexus or the Rezound. Both have unlockable bootloaders - makes rooting easy and nice to be able to replace the stock recovery with clockworkmod or Ramon. The Rezound has the better radio - especially in 3G only areas. A coworker has the Galaxy Nexus and has plenty of dropped data events. The one week $50 verizon sale on the rezound made the difference. And now the Rezound has S-OFF.
One poster mentioned his LG is rooted, but does the LG have an open bootloader? Will Verizon's next update to the LG eliminate all hope of ever rooting it again?
We have many choices. It is like buying a car - people have different priorities in the features/advantages of various models.
P.S. It looks like the LG has an unlocked bootloader. At least they are saying this at rootzwiki:
I didn't know and thus did not consider the LG.
Last edited by HowardZ; 05-02-2012 at 08:08 AM.
Mostly because it isnt as big a deal now as it was in the Droid 1 days. All modern smartphones use similar glass...the only difference is that Gorilla Glass is name brand. All things being equal, I would rather have Gorilla Glass. But I have not really seen a huge difference between the phones that have it and those that don't. Not with 2011 phones and later anyway.Well, the gozilla glass on the LG specs is a plus that isn't talked about much.
Then I would skip both these phones and go with the Galaxy Nexus. That is about as root friendly as you can possibly get and still have a tier 1 phone.When I upgraded my phone about a month ago, I wanted to be able to easily root and ROM as I had been doing on my droid-x using CM9/gummy/AOKP. This is a more important feature for me than cameras or audio.
Yeah, it is obnoxious. And they are paying for it. I know for a fact that this policy has turned people off from buying them.Motorola is driving people crazy by their newer updates plugging all exploits for rooting and disallowing downgrading to earlier versions.
But then people say "So what...most people who buy smartphones are not phone nerds anyway". Thats true. But phone nerds are often the people normal buyers turn to for advice on what to buy.
I would say Samsung and HTC are about even right now. HTC is the only one that officially allows you to unlock as far as I know. But Samsung is definitely not hostile to rooting.So which manufacturers cater to people who like to root and ROM?
Correction - it appears from posts on rootzwiki that the LG Spectrum does have an unlocked bootloader
Bootloader...locked or unlocked? - LG Spectrum - RootzWiki - Page 2
I also found that the LG Spectrum will be a GLOBAL phone.
This means that people who travel to other countries can buy and swap the little card and use other carriers.
There are people trying to use the Rezound as a global phone and are finding only limited success and having some difficulties.
So, if being able to swap the SIMM card and be on AT&T, T-Mobile, or european cell phone companies is an important feature for you, then the LG Spectrum might be the phone for you.
Last edited by HowardZ; 05-02-2012 at 08:24 AM.
Even though the LG Spectrum is a global phone I believe it will only work on CMDA 800, 1900mhz bands, and 700 LTE class 13 bands. So it may work on certain LTE, EV-DO bands but I dont think it will work on another American carrier other than Verizon. I am not totally sure though.
And if you want a phone with a good modding/rom/development community you will have to get a Samsung or HTC.
Last edited by Stelv; 05-02-2012 at 10:49 AM.