Try as I might, i know this won't be short. If that bothers you, this is not the thread for you. First of all, i don't have a lot of spare money to save up for another phone. As it is, my current g4 is already developing battery issues. I could probably just go cheap, get an extended battery and be done with it. Though truth be told, i had been holding off in the hopes i could get myself a suitable lg v20. But seeing that everyone and their dog is charging as much as they do, still, for the model that would best meet my needs and wants ( us996 unlocked ), my chances of getting this phone while it's still usable to me are growing slimmer with each passing day. The fact that the phone still disappears within minutes at around 300 bucks even now is telling, but also discouraging, since I've been getting overwhelmed with crap that I've had to deal with IRL. Thing is, i want a new(er) phone. But i also really hate having to buy a phone more frequently than i feel i should have to. I didn't mind terribly with spending more if the phone was built to last and stuff, but nobody makes such a phone anymore, it seems. Why do i want to move on from the g4? Nobody will provide a way to root it. At all. Latest pokemon go update blocked my ability to even run the game. I can download and reinstall all i want, but the game refuses to let me log in. And niantic, as ineffectual as they are, refuses to take any responsibility for their busted update. Full disclosure: at the recommends of this forum, i last attempted to settle with a moto x pure. That was... For lack of better wording, the worst decision possible. Everything that was wrong with that phone had to deal with the battery being so miserable. And that by the time i had been fed up enough to attempt to repair it, Lenovo in its audacity blocked the ability to buy the parts i needed. needless to say, that was the last straw. And it forced me to sell the thing at a pittance because i couldn't sell it as "used" but rather "for parts". The reason I'm here, asking for advice again, is because i don't really have many options of where to ask that aren't biased toward trying to sell me on something that *they* want to sell, so much as something that *I might want to buy*, if that makes any sense. What would be the ideal phone? Easy to root Has the bands to work on most (if not all) US carriers. While I've been reasonably happy with T-Mobile service thus far, I've never been happy with a carrier locked phone for long, and the ability to walk away and keep the same phone is a value that cannot be ignored. Upgradeable battery. Not just being able to replace the battery, but to be able to install a larger one. No factory battery, ever, has even achieved a third of the advertised battery life with me. The only time I've ever had enough battery life to last me a day was with a phone that had an extended battery installed. Unless its battery capacity is at or above 10k mAh, i can guarantee it won't be enough. Headphone jack. Because even as i type this, my current Bluetooth headphones are flat and i forgot to bring the aux cord they came with. And sometimes i just want to wear some cheap headphones or earbuds. Why should that be too much to ask? Sd slot. Keep my personal stuff on there, so i don't suddenly lose a bunch of stuff if i ever have to wipe the phone for any reason. What don't i want? I'm tired of phones aping the iPhone's worst aspects. Google especially, is guilty of this with the nexus and pixel phones Spending more than a car payment ($200) on a disposable phone is bad enough. I'm not above spending more if it is made to last. But if It's going to be more than three digits, I'd rather just save up for a gaming notebook at that point. At least it is possible to get something with a gtx 1060 in it for around 1000, and *that* would still be useful and usable two or more years from now, unlike every sealed battery phone ever. Being stuck without root has been in short, miserable. Even navigating this site on the g4 is a chore. Sad thing is if it wasn't for a complete lack of LTE bands, I'd still be using my Note 3 right now thanks to its custom rom support granting it a new lease on life (and the zerolemon battery upgrade). If it's going to have a sealed battery, i already don't want to spend any more than i have to. And I'd need to be able to get it somewhere where i can replace it when (not if) the battery starts failing. I refuse to deal with such careless phone design again. I've literally never not had a sealed battery phone from anywhere that didn't develop problems. At the same note, I've also never not had a carrier locked phone that didn't just magically stop working correctly after the first year of ownership. The only phones that have worked well after year one, have only been factory unlocked phones. I'm not joking. If you want to help, and recommend something to look into, where's what i need to hear with it: Why. If you can't justify your answer, it's that much harder to take your suggestion seriously Any optional accessories for it? Factor them in to the quoted price, please. That helps make the number crunching just that much easier for me, and it's hugely appreciated. I reserve the right to ask additional questions. Since i can't think of what else to add to this post at this time... Here, we go.