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Hacker-friendliest Android phone

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Default Hacker-friendliest Android phone


I am thinking of replacing my Xperia Play with something fresher.
Is there any Android phone that is sold rooted? Probably not, so what's the closest to that?

I like having my phone rooted (mostly for firewall and permission management), but official OTA updates usually keep removing root, so I'll probably have to use an unofficial ROM. That's fine by me, as long as I don't have to keep flashing for every update. I think CM is my favorite.
What's the best phone-ROM combo to have both, the latest Android versions (with updating being as little of a hassle as possible), and root?

I hope I'm being coherent.
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I would probably say a nexus phone or the new Motorola phone coming out

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Assuming you're not on Verizon, but a GSM network, the Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 is your best choice, depending on how much you want to spend.
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There are 3 threads already established that are devoted to discussions about devices, please read, and if necessary, repost your question in one of these threads: The what should I buy thread or the The Device Suggestion Thread or the The Device Comparison Thread.

There are also several other discussion threads that you probably should review to help you. They are What phone do you wish you had? or
The Worst Android Device That You've Ever Had & Why
or even this place that talks about The best phone you ever owned.
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