OnePlus 6T

Best Android Phones for Rooting and Modding Android Central 2019

If you're looking to root your phone and get started with custom ROMs, the OnePlus 6T is a great device to start exploring. OnePlus makes it easy to unlock the bootloader on its phones, which paves way for installing custom software that differs wildly from what you get with OxygenOS.

Staff pick

OnePlus 6T

Top-notch hardware with a few extras.

The OnePlus 6T shares much of the same internal hardware as its predecessor, sporting a smaller waterdrop notch and introducing an in-display fingerprint sensor. The hardware on offer makes it one of the fastest phones in the market today, and it's easy to recommend the 6T if you're interested in tinkering with custom ROMs.

Why the OnePlus 6T is great for modding

Over the years, OnePlus has established itself as the go-to brand for the modding community. The company makes it easy to unlock the bootloader on its phones, and ensures that doing so doesn't void the warranty. Then there's the fact that OnePlus devices offer excellent specs for the price, making them ideal candidates for testing out new ROMs.

When it comes to choosing a OnePlus phone, it's an easy decision. OnePlus doesn't keep stock on older models when it releases a new device, so with a new phone launching every six months, your only recourse is getting the latest device. As of right now, that's the OnePlus 6T. The phone debuted back in November 2018 with a Snapdragon 845, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a 6.41-inch display, 16MP + 20MP dual cameras, and a 3700mAh battery.

The powerful hardware ensures there are no bottlenecks when it comes to performance, and the OnePlus community is one of the most active. There's no shortage of custom ROMs to try out for the device, and should you run into any issues, you can always ask for help on OnePlus' own forums or XDA.

Reasons to buy

  • Powerful hardware
  • Active modding community
  • Vast selection of custom ROMs

Reasons not to buy

  • No headphone jack
  • No IP rating

Is it a good time to buy the OnePlus 6T?

Yes. Considering OnePlus phones rarely go on sale, it is a good time to pick up the 6T. OnePlus is set to offer the 6T well into 2019, and we should see the company's first 5G device sometime in May. That particular device is unlikely to be the OnePlus 7, however, as it is launching exclusively on UK's EE.

The OnePlus 7 will likely be a 4G-only device, and we should see interesting new additions, like a hole-punch cutout for the front camera module. For now though, if you're looking to pick up a phone for tinkering with custom ROMs, the OnePlus 6T is a fantastic choice.

Upgrade pick

Google Pixel 3

One of the easiest phones to root and tweak to your liking.

Whether you prefer the Pixel's size or just want that dazzling camera, it's a great alternative to the OnePlus 6T that won't cost you too much more. Google makes it incredibly easy to unlock the Pixel 3's bootloader, and there's a healthy modding community to help you flash the latest build of LineageOS or even set up an all-in-one flashing tool.

Also great

Pocophone F1

Another affordable flagship that's great for modding.

The Pocophone F1 is built on the same ideals as the OnePlus 6. You get fantastic hardware for not a whole lot of money, and there's an active community of people rolling out custom ROMs for the device.

The flagship option

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Great hardware now has clean software.

Samsung makes great phones, but it isn't the fastest at rolling out updates. Combine that with a software skin that not everybody loves, and you get a community dedicated to launching ROMs that emulate a stock Android feel for one of the best phones on the market. Just make sure to grab the Exynos variant — you won't find the same community support for the Snapdragon model sold in the U.S.

Bottom line

Rooting your phone gives you finer control when it comes to making your phone truly yours. You get the ability to install frameworks like Xposed — which give you more customization options — and there really is no end to the number of things you can tweak on your device. The OnePlus 6T is the best device for getting started as there's already a wide selection of ROMs available for the device, and should you break anything, you won't lose out on the warranty.

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