If my first smart phone had been the HTC Evo 4G Shift (Desire Z to my Euro-cousins) picked up in January 2011, I'd have likely never joined a forum at all.
Battery life just lasted and lasted, everything just worked, and it was a pleasure to use, every time. Never rooted it - it took a literal beating for nearly two years - including a swim in the river, and so many drops that the aluminum case around the speaker crimped shut in the center.
And it just worked like a champ, with zero babysitting of anything. Just stock, arrange home screens, add apps and boom! Go.