I'm looking for a new or gently used phone for the first time in a while. They all seem to look alike, and the features I care about are not well advertised. I have an AT&T Note 4, which is not able to get custom ROMs loaded to it due to a locked bootloader, though temp root has been achieved.
I want to use the T-Mobile $30 walmart plan (100 minutes, unlimited texts, 5GB high speed data) with this new-to-me phone. T-Mobile is GSM and therefore requires a SIM card. I'm looking for a phone for use in the USA with the following criteria:
- Removable battery
- MicroSD card slot
- The phone has 2GB or more of RAM
- USB Host or USB OTG support
- The phone has been rooted
- The phone is reasonably popular and has ROMs available somewhere, preferably across all of its carriers
- Costs $100 - $150 ish
Wish list (probably not gonna happen)
- Hardware keyboard
I thought by now there might be midrange or budget phones that meet this spec, but I can't seem to find any. I think my best bet is going to be eBay.
Here are some phones I have found that meet these criteria:
- Samsung Note 2 (eBay)
- Samsung Galaxy S3 (eBay)
These meet the criteria except for price:
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Note 3
- Samsung Note 4
I have found the site GSMArena and while it has all the information I am looking for, I cannot search by removable battery nor USG Host/OTG. There are somewhere between 70 and 200 phones for me to search through.
What phones do you recommend?