Here are my main criteria for selecting a new device (in order of importance):
Ability to keep my unlimited data plan, I'd rather not interact with VZW at all.
CM11 support with working camera/corder, navigation, and wifi tethering
Easy reliable root/s-off process
Excellent camera hardware. SGS5's kinda sucks, One M8 not bad, and we can't use LG GPro2 on VZW.
Excellent battery life, or option for extended battery. (With my usage habits I can get >52 hours from of my Rezound's extended batt and Kernel Tuner)
>32GB storage, prefferrably removable SDcard
As for keeping my data plan, I hope all I have to do is buy a phone from a 3rd party, swap in my SIM and continue life as normal. I know the current phones now use the mini-SIM or whatever, and that a normal SIM can be trimmed to fit. Will this work or do I have no choice but to involve VZW in the upgrade?