What's the best Android phone to get for a developer?
April 11, 2011 10:08 PM Subscribe
What's the best $100-150 (new or used) Android phone to get for a developer?
I'm breaking into the world of Android development, and I'm noticing some serious shortcomings with the emulator in terms of being able to tell if certain things actually work or not as they would on a real phone. I already have an iPhone as my primary phone, and I don't want to get a second contract phone.
I'm looking to spend about $100-150, and I want to get something powerful enough to see if my fairly basic apps are working, but not so fast as to give me the idea that my stuff is working better than it would on most cheap-o Android phones. Eventually I'll get a nicer one when I'm bringing in a little cash, but for right now I'd like to stick to that budget.
I was looking at the prepaid T-Mobile Comet, but it looks like the screen on that is a little too small to get a real idea of whether things are working properly.
I was also thinking of maybe getting a used Motorola Droid (original), rooting it, permanently turning off the cellular radio (sticking with WiFi for data, since I'll mostly be doing testing at home where there's WiFi) and installing 2.2 as my base OS. I'm tempted by this phone in particular because I have several older family members with this phone and I'll be able to help them troubleshoot much more easily if I have the same phone.
Anyone out there either have experience with one of the above options or have a better suggestion for me?