There are many great Android handsets on the market today that are much cheaper than the flagships from the major players like Samsung and HTC. The OnePlus One and Nexus 5 are two great examples of high-end phones being offered at prices much cheaper than competitors. But there are phones in the mid-range that may offer even more bang for your buck. Let us know which smartphone deal you think has the best value.
HTC Desire HD Gets Source-Built 4.2.1 ROM and Kernel
In the world of smartphones, some devices never cease to amaze us. And while it may not exactly be the HD2, the HTC Desire HD is certainly shows its lineage. HTC may have long declared end of upgrade support for this once flagship, the developer community hasn’t forgotten it at all, and it has been dual booted, made to natively run Ubuntu, given the latest HTC Sense ports, and received working ICS and Jelly Bean 4.1 custom ROMs. The latest in this series of developments for the device is the AOSP-based codefireX Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM brought to us by XDA Senior Member synergye.
The ROM is completely open-source, and is built with an optimized Linaro toolchain for those who believe this helps performance. All features other than Bluetooth are working, and there are a lot of customization options to tweak it just the way you want. An additional kernel is also available from the same developer that brings several performance enhancements to the device on any Jelly Bean ROM.
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