2.One Plus 3T

With the death of the Nexus line, there was a void in the market when it came to phones with high-end specs at midrange prices. OnePlus capably fills this space with the OnePlus 3T, a Snapdragon 821-powered flagship with a veritable smorgasbord of high-end specs. The company is able to keep its prices down by cutting costs on marketing, and shipping directly to the consumer, so in the end, you get great modding value for your dollar.

The OnePlus 3T’s flexibility ensures you never have to settle on stock firmware.

The OnePlus 3T is a modder-friendly phone by design, as the manufacturer has always embraced Android’s development community, starting with its Cyanogen-based ROM on the OnePlus One. They’ve even gone so far as to explicitly state that unlocking your bootloader will not void your warranty, and doing so is as simple as sending a single Fastboot command after enabling OEM unlocking.

Like the Pixel, the OnePlus 3T has a software-based tamper flag—but again, you can easily reset this to keep the manufacture from knowing you ever modified your software. And if you ever need them, you can easily download factory images for the 3T directly from OnePlus’ website, then flash them in Fastboot to restore your phone to its stock state

With a starting price of the only Rs.29,999, the OnePlus 3T is one of the most affordable flagship phones, and that’s a great combination when it comes to modding. The phone will have plenty of processing power to spare regardless of what mods you throw at it, and you won’t have the queasiness you would have when flashing things on a more expensive device.

3.Moto G4 Plus

The Moto G4 Plus is a budget-friendly modder’s phone.

Motorola practically invented the budget smartphone space with its Moto G lineup. Prior to the original model’s release in 2013, smartphones that cost less than $400 were looked at as throw-ins when purchasing a cellular plan, but Motorola’s refined looks and balanced performance have raised the bar in the budget segment. As it stands, the Moto G4 Plus can go toe to toe with phones that cost twice as much, which makes it one of the best value buys on the market.

With a starting price of 12,499 , the Moto G4 Plus simply can’t be ignored here. Think about it this way: You could buy a G4 Plus, brick it, buy another, brick that one, too, then buy a third, and you’d still be paying less than a single LG V20 or Pixel XL.

It’s easy to unlock the G4 Plus’ bootloader using Motorola’s official site to generate an unlock code. However, the company states that as soon as you get a bootloader unlock code, “your device is no longer covered by the Motorola warranty.” The account-based bootloader unlock method also ensures that Motorola can keep track of whether or not you’ve modified your firmware, regardless of tamper flag state. To put it simply, you’ll need to be comfortable with losing your warranty if you want to root the Moto G4 Plus.

However, there are a few downsides when it comes to rooting and modding the Moto G4 Plus. For one, there aren’t any noteworthy toolkits available, so you’ll have to do most of the initial modding in a command prompt. It can also be hard to find stock firmware downloads for the G4 Plus since Motorola doesn’t offer an official factory image download page. All factors considered, though, the Moto G4 Plus is a solid pick if you plan to mod your next phone.