Top 5 Lists: Best HOA Phones for Root/Modification


If you’re reading this please note we have updated our list of Top 5 HOA phones for root/modification as of August 2015. Please find the updated list here


We already brought you our list of Top 5 High on Android Phablets (Phones 5.5″ and over) and High on Android Phones (Under 5.5″), now we’re back with the best Android phones to get if you love rooting and modifying your phone. All of us here at HOA love to root/mod our phones, in fact, I feel like my phone is naked without SuperSU installed. If you want to easily unlock your bootloader, root your phone, and flash custom ROMs, sometimes size is less of a priority, hence we present to you our top 5 phones for root/mods (be sure to click the links below to check out Max’s videos on how to root each phone):

High on Android Phones for Root/Mods

1.) Google/Motorola Nexus 6– When it comes to all things modification, the flagship Nexus phone is difficult to pass up. The Nexus 6 has a bootloader that is easily unlocked right of the box. Rooting the phone doesn’t take much effort either. In addition, because the Nexus 6 comes stock with pure Google Android, there is a ton of development taking place for this phone. The size of the phone is certainly a concern for some, but if you want the best possible modification experience on Android phones, with the best hardware specifications, this is the phone to get right now.  Recommended ROM: Chroma ROM, try it with Lean kernel too!

2.) LG G3- Yes, the LG G4 is going to be announced in under 10 days, but the G3 is still a powerful Android phone with several options for custom ROMs. You can root the G3 easily for almost all variants and then easily install a number of available custom ROMs. In addition, the G3 has a great QHD screen with a solid camera and 3 GB of RAM. I love running my G3 with CM12 and BlissPop ROM, it runs just as smooth as any of my 2015 flagships!. Recommended ROM: BlissPop ROM

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

2 Responses

  1. Joe Brown says:

    Has anyone had any luck with the first 3 on Verizon? I am thinking of upgrading my phone to one of those 3. Any input would be awesome!

  2. AJ says:

    I’m still rocking the Moto X DE (2013) and have it under clocked to 1.4 GHz. I still think this is one of the best phones on Verizon. You can easily unlock the bootloader via Motorola’s website and there are a lot of ROMs available but I’d rather just use Xposed Framework to mod the stock ROM. You can get one brand new for around $200 and everything runs perfectly for me.