Most root friendly phone currently?

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  1. khimaera

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    My contract is up at the end of this month, and I want a phone that is easy to gain root and tinker around with. (similar to my Galaxy Nexus)

    Apologies if this gets asked a lot, I tried searching...
     
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    Easy answer: Nexus 5.

    Available on AT&T (purchased from Google), Sprint and T-Mobile (purchasable through the carrier).
     
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    +1 for a Nexus.

    I have a developer edition Moto X & it was as easy to unlock & root as my Galaxy Nexus was

    Tapped from a Moto X
     
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    Any of the DE devices are also a great option, though on the devices sold on Google Play are MSRP in the $600 area. Nexus 5 (I got 32GB Red) was $350. DE Moto X would be awesome as well due to the availability of Moto software supporting Touchless Voice Control.
     
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    Welcome to the forum!
    Pretty much any of your newer devices today are easily rootable. (Unlocked bootloaders are another thing), but I wouldn't choose a phone simply on it's rootability....not with today's high end devices. The question is, what exactly are you looking for in a phone and what are your plans after root.
    Good luck with your decision!

    tap'n on my S5
     
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    Would you recommend the S5?
     
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    I'm very pleased with mine and world highly recommend it. (And it's super easy to root)

    tap'n on my S5
     
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    Cool, thanks for the answers.
    I'll probably just go with the S5.
     
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    I can't say that I find the S5 particularly easy to root. I've done it then lost root to OTA and have heard -- haven't tried yet -- that the most recent boot loader is locked up pretty tight. Is Samsung really root friendly? Maybe it's Verizon that's getting in my way? Right now I'm on G900VVRU2BOG5 and haven't found any directions for rooting it.
     
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