questionsis rooting an android device worth the extra work?


I rooted my incredible and enjoyed some of the apps that work only with rooted phones. Titanium Backup. I also love Cyanogenmod. Though no new love for mine in some time.


I've wondered myself, I would love the convenience of reading B&n and Amazon Ebooks


OEM:Limitation; Rooted ROM:Empowerment. That's basically what the rooting experience is all about. Jail break it, rooting it, your device can do much much more than its designed to.

Indirect subject matter would be open/closed operating system, the kind of arguement Steve Job and Will Gates fought over last 20 or so years. Some likes the experience of a controlled environment, and some like freedom. Personal taste has nothing to do with it, more of an expression of individuality imo.

Cross the line to the other side, when you are ready


I really love having my phone rooted but it really depends on you and your phone. If your phone already has the most recent version of android, ics is this case, or is fairly new and is going to get ics, then rooting isnt that big a deal. It gets you a few apps you couldnt get otherwise and some extra settings and customizations but nothing that huge. Maybe you can boost your performance and battery life a little.

However, depending on your phone you might be stuck with gingerbread or even froyo, and then rooting will make a huge difference.

I think it also depends on the person. If you are the type of person who likes just messing with things and tweaking things, than rooting can be a lot of fun. It's not necessarily just about improving your device, it's about having fun too.

If we are talking about a kindle or nook tablet, than rooting can make a huge difference because those are also seriously limited.


I run a rooted nexus one, totally worth it imo. Cyanogenmod or other custom firmware can provide many useful features.

I will be rooting and customizing my next device for sure.


I rooted my amazon Kindle and I can really see the difference. Before it was a portal to amazon, which was nice, but very limiting. Now I have an android tablet, with continued access to my amazon stuff. I unrooted after I installed Android Marketplace, and haven't had any issues since.

Rooting the kindle was a pain, and not something I would recommend to those unfamiliar with the process.


if it enables tethering then yes, but you can do so much more after rooting it too, like overclocking the processor erase crapware thats included with your phone etc.


It depends on what you're using them for but I would say it's absolutely worth it.


I'd say rooting is worth it.

If one of those Nooks is a Nook Color, I'd suggest starting with it because you can boot the NC from a microSD with Android on it and try a rooted tablet without any changes to your NC at all (shutdown, pop out the microSD, and boot up back to your stock NC). Once you realize just how good it is, you can flash the internal memory (eMMC), or just keep it stock.


Both my phone and my Galaxy Tab are rooted. I do this for reasons already given: flexibility and freedom.

With a rooted device, you can "freeze" the bloatware that the vendor forces upon you. Why use "VZ Navigator" for a fee when you can use Google Nav for free? More important, you CAN NOT back-up your phone if it's not rooted. Sure, if you lose it or damage it, you can get your contacts back via the Google cloud, but what about everything else? On a rooted device, you can use Titanium Backup to back up all of your applications and data to your SD card, then move that backup to your Mac or PC. Restoring everything, including data, is very easy. After all, do you REALLY want to start from scratch with Angry Birds again?

Rooting also gives you access to the world of custom ROMs. I went that way with my Incredible for a while, but I run stock ROMs today as I found it to be too time-consuming. If you're looking for maximum performance and flexibility, though, it's a good way to go.


If you consider comparing this extra work to wiping down your counter as "extra work" than yeah.

It's all very simple.


Your question should read: "Why haven't I rooted my phone yet?"


Rooting isn't difficult and it's relatively safe. Custom ROM's and Kernels, that's where you should practice caution and weigh cost vs. benefits.


it really does depend on tye device, and not because of how new the software is but what you want from it. There are quite a few apps and other programs thqt you can only run on a rooted device, especially overclocking, which can make it run noticeably faster. Most devices have very simple methods to do this nowadays


I have 2 Android devices. A Samsung Fascinate and a Moto Droid X2. Both rooted with custom ROMS. My wife has the Droid X2 stock. I get better battery performance, less lag in the OS and applications. The Fascinate is Cyanogen v 7.1 and is smooth as silk. The Droid is a ROM based on Cyanogen and again huge improvement over Stock ROM.
But like many others, it is a personal thing. I like the tinker with and improve my devices. Others are quite happy with whatever the OEM and Carrier have installed. Make sure you thoroughly research what your phone/tab is capable of before attempting anything. Best site for all things Android is XDA Developers forum. If a Samsung, a good place is also Galaxy Forums. Hope this helps as well.


I am having so much trouble trying to root my Edge DuoBook. I want to just pay someone like $20 to do it for me.


I am all for rooting, but if you are worried about your phone durability, wait until your 1yr warranty runs out. Rooting voids the warranty and if they catch you, they would love to not fix a naturally defective device and blame it on you. Just something to consider if you haven't already.


I ended up starting with my phone (T-Mobile G2) and noticed sich huge improvements in speed and performance that I decided to do a couple more devices. The Nook Color has so much more functionality now. Don't know why I didn't do this before.


If it's an Evo 4G DON'T DO IT! You won't be able to update your phone and it will run like crap!


It all depends on what the user wants to do with it and what risks they are willing to take. I rooted my original droid. I was able to get the processor running 2x as fast as it originally did. My battery life went down the drain and the phone would really heat up. So I took the root off of it. But it was really fun to tweak it. I now have a Motorola Photon. It has a dual core processor and runs faster than I need it too, so I don't really see a need to root it. But, I am a techie, so I might do it just to mess around with it lol


Open source software is the way to go. It takes a little more work, but there is a huge community of people that are willing to help you.

Everything on my laptop is open source software and I'm amazed at how much better it runs than a machine with proprietary OS and apps/utilities.

That's the best info I can offer. I despise cell phones, so I have no experience rooting them.