Originally Posted by ratman6161
Thing you have to remember is that generally speaking both the carriers and the phone manufacturers don't care if you can root and for the most part don't want you to. Other than phones specifically sold as Developer editions I think we can pretty much expect that rooting is a thing of the past and if you manage to do it, its a matter of luck. dumping a particular manufacturer or carrier isn't going to do any good.
I know that their is a "small" percentage of users that care about doing "fancy" stuff like rooting, flashing, modding, adb, etc... I happen to be one of those. I refused to be unable to backup or change features of my phone if I want - that's why I left the iPhone scene.
I don't have "brand loyalty" either per-se... but if I am happy with V1, then V2 will be my first stop. I was happy with the Note 2 and thus I now have a Note 3. Knox and other restrictions are driving me from Note 4. I understand Phone Manufacturers and Carriers want their control... but when I can't uninstall Yahoo Pages, Random Car Game and Poor Attempt At Voice Search... I have issues.
Some say they don't want a "phablet", but that's definitely my cup of tea. I need the screen real estate. Rooting, flashing, roms, tweaking are my requirements. Qi charging, extended life batteries, high end camera, etc are all huge bonuses - not required but will lead me to a buy.