Well, using an HP touchpad as a phone didn't work out as well as I expected. In fact, it didn't work at all. Yes, it would have been truly ridiculous to use a 9.7in tablet as a phone, but it would have been pretty neat. Regardless, I decided to make my first phone a nexus one. The nexus one was a game changer from day one, and was google's prime choice as a developer phone, so why not? Also, the hacking community for the nexus one is one of the strongest I have seen (developers like free things), so even if google drops support, there will be a bunch of skilled programmers who can potentially continue to update the device. In addition, the hardware behind the nexus one is still very comparable to todays phones. That said, this phone's not packing a dual core processor or 1280x720 display: heck it doesn't have 4G or an 8megapixel camera. But in reality, who truly needs that?
Nexus One Digitizer Repair
All I'm looking for out of a smartphone is to send/receive calls, sync with google voice, make personal reminders, determine the weather. play a few games, and play music like an mp3 player. Thats it. I don't need 4G. I probably don't need 3G. I don't want to video chat someone through a 3.7in screen. I don't want a phone less than 1/2in thick. I don't want to take pictures with a sensor smaller than a pencil point. I don't want to take 3D images. I don't want tasteless beats audio from speakers smaller than a ballpoint pen tip. This is why the nexus one is a great phone for me.
I was able to get a nexus one with a broken digitizer for $100. Not too bad for a developer targeted android smartphone.