Originally Posted by uchihakurtz
I'd say the Note 2 might suit you as you are aiming for stable Cyanogenmod or other custom ROMs. Note 2 has been out for a while and it means developers had many time playing with it. And being a popular phone, there must be like a lot of mods for it.
G2 and Z1C doesn't have removable battery. But they do have a strong battery.
As for CM on Z1C, can't tell, still love stock. Why would you install CM when stock is just as smooth, more stable, and you lose all the Xperia goodies, especially camera features.
Dude are you seriously
recommending an Exynos 4 device for "stable CM"? Ahem, just no
, they have huge battery drain issues due to their badly reverse engineered RIL and generally poor quality of the code drops for the entire Exynos 4 platform from Samsung.
, If you're after stable and feature complete CM you're gonna want a Qualcomm device like the G2 or Z1C.
Obviously asking in the Z1C forum you're gonna get some Z1C-biased answers, but I honestly believe the Z1C is the best thing to come on the market this far. It has a large battery for it's screen size and resolution, you could easily go 2 days if you're not a heavy user, I usually have about 40% left at the end of the day (running CyanogenMod myself). It has microSDXC support. It's small and the build quality is top notch, the metal edges feel great in the hand. And on top of all that it's waterproof!
Regarding removable battery. If you look at the LG G2 wiki page you'll see that the Korean version has removable battery, you'll also notice that the removable battery in the Korean version has a significantly lower capacity compared to the international version (2610mAh vs 3000mAh, or roughly 13% smaller). This is the case with all removable batteries, because by making them removable the manufacturers have to adhere to strict rules regarding safety, usually meaning thicker shells leaving less space for the battery cells. Not only that, but in order to be user replaceable there needs to be a mechanism for removing the back cover to reveal the battery, also taking up precious battery space.
I strongly believe that the benefits of a non-removable battery outweigh the benefits of a removable battery. Really, how often do you actually carry a secondary charged battery, and couldn't you in that case just carry an external battery pack instead?
EDIT: Oh and another plus for the Z1C: It doesn't have silly back-buttons like the G2
, but that's a personal thing, I just think they feel weird.