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The whole programming/android/hacking scene has always intrigued me and I really hope its something that I can really sink into in the coming years. Especially when I go to college. But when you tinker with ****, you break ****, and I'm not about to MOD EDIT over my Galaxy Nexus. :P

This is why it would be kinda nice to buy a phone off of ebay that I could use to flash roms to, and mess with. But is there any kind of phone that would be best to try and snag a good deal with? Or is it really anything relatively recent will give me what I want?

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The Nexus S 4G can be bought for around $100 on Craigslist/eBay. It's a developer phone and it's actually a decent phone.
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You could also try htc hd2.

Originally a win mo 6.5 phone. As its quite old model, it should be easy & cheap to get.

It can mod to run wp7/android/meego/ubuntu, and its relatively easy to mod and hard to brick
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if you're planning on buying on Amazon, you'll be stuck with 2010 flagships (which are still pretty good). Ex: SGS, EVO, Nexus One, etc.

so yeah, that Nexus S 4G on ebay is your best bet
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Thunderbolt. I learned on the Droid 1 but grew on the T-Bolt as it was tougher to root before the dev kit.
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Default Motorola Atrix

Get a Moto Atrix. Has lots you can do and still has an active developer base. As long as you keep yourself educated tinkering with your Nexus shouldn't be too bad though
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The Evo 4g seems to keep spitting out updates by multiple sources. They also seem to have some of the quickest responses when it comes to help questions. If I was going to start from scratch and learn as I go, I'd go with that one (and they're cheap used too).
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Htc hd2.you can do much developing,and develop different softwares.it would be ideal for messing with it.

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ZTE Blade. Only $50 and awesome dev support

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