Originally Posted by PrinceCorwin
I've tried to understand... I really have. But I just can't grasp the alure of rooting. I've taken the plunge and encountered nothing but problems. I was always able to overcome them but there was always another one right around the corner. Never found a single benefit that I didn't already have. Seemed to be purely cosmetic to me. And I just don't lear at my phone enough for that to matter all that much. I'm not putting down the Nation of Root but so far I just haven't been able to fit in comfortably. And believe it or not, that bothers me because I have always been a tech nerd. Maybe one day I'll see the light.
For some rooting is a badge of honor, I guess one could say. One is to get the full freedom of the operating system as it is advertised. The other major advantage is, is backing up your system, your games, apps and such.
Other things is for added features. Imagine my surprise when I got my note II and realized the multi window feature was only for select apps, I sold myself on the device on the multi window feature where I could have both a radar image up and twitter, or maps or what not. I found I could not load my radar map (pykl3) because it is not supported, not sure if it every will be either via the dev or samsungs official image, but rooted, I can remedy this issue because some roms allow me to do what I thought I could do in the first place.
Rooting is not for everyone. At one point I was ready to give up on doing so. If the device works the way you want, then there is no need to root. There is PLENTY you can do with an unrooted android device. No shame in staying stock.