Rooting an Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by JetBlack7, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. JetBlack7 macrumors 68020

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    Hey,

    I bought a Galaxy S3 as a backup phone since it was cheap and wanted to knoe the pros and cons of rooting an Android.

    Thank you :)
     
  2. Septembersrain Contributor

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    Rooting an Android

    Pros:

    More control over your device and ability to remove bloat. More customization and software modifications. Over clocking and other system tweaks. There are a ton of pros...

    Cons:

    Voided manufacture warranty, possible bricks if you do something wrong, and possible instability with modifications.

    Just my two sense.
     
  3. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Doubt the warranty thing is much of an issue since we are talking about a Galaxy S3.

    Bricking an Android phone is extremely tough to do, unless you attempt to flash a file not designed for your phone.

    Rooting itself does nothing to create instability. All it does is allow access to files normally invisible. Flashing a custom recovery, modems, different kernels and ROMs are what create potential instability. Just unlocking the bootloader and rooting though. Nada.
     
  4. Septembersrain Contributor

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    If you root it and remove a wrong file, you can soft brick. I agree, it's really easy to mod an Android and likely it'll be fine. It's just small things that can be done wrong that could cause inconveniences.

    I'm the type who'll end up using a ROM/Kernel/etc.. I see rooting as the first step not the end result. I guess that would explain my view a little.
     
  5. JetBlack7 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thank you for the help! Does anyone have a link to download and a good tutorial on how to do it?

    A friend told me about the warranty void, so I'll root it after that.
     
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    xposed framework is so awesome thats why, allows so much customisation of Android and even some apps which is totally reversable with a few clicks.
     
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    I love Xposed. Add that to ROM toolbox pro and it's absolutely awesome!
     
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    Adaway
    Betterbatterystats
    Es file explorer
    Greenify
    Wakelock detector

    Those are my root apps. I don't think I could enjoy android without them. Particularly adaway and greenify. I hate nonsense running in the background, greenify lets you control those apps with pesky background processes, while maintaining normal function.

    Not all phones void warranty on root. Best example is moto x dev edition. Pretty sure rooting through fastboot recovery doesn't void warranty (my phones bootloader is still locked), but most phones don't have fastboot. Nexus, gpe... ??
     
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    Did a bit more searching and I found this automated tool that will help you root. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1957273
     
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    Biggest benefit..... WiFi tether. esp if ur on a carrier like Tmo or Sprint which offers unlimited data.
     
  15. mKTank macrumors 68000

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    If you root and flash, you trip the Knox flag. So you not only void your warranty permanently, but you also permanently lose OTA. Not that OTA matters given Samsung's disgusting update trends, but thought you should just know.
     
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    Some of the S3's and Note II's are still running pre-Knox. However, I tripped mine. I figure I've got insurance and going through Samsung for a warranty is a pain in the neck. If I brick it or something stops working, I'll just office space it if I can't fix it.
     
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    On xda I've read that samsung has been honoring warranty support on Knox tripped devices. Your mileage may vary of course.

    Was unaware that it can effect Ota's. Ugh Knox :rolleyes: the apple-ification of samsung
     
  18. mKTank macrumors 68000

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    No, this is much worse. Apple never permanently voided warranty or updateability. This is a new low across the whole industry and is one of the main reasons people need to stop buying Samsung's crap and start buying quality phones from other manufacturers.
     

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