Smartphone: purchasing freedom

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The goal of this wiki page is to gather information on smartphones which provides the most amount of freedom, or with which it is easier to attain such freedom: rooting, modding, ability to flash the ROM, etc.

As far as we are aware, no smartphone producers sell any of their products with the option to have a rooted device, or with an unlocked bootloader.

Flashing the ROM

In order to be able to flash a cellphone's ROM, consider the following technical issues:
- Is the device's bootloader locked?