Originally Posted by devswap
Yes thanks - I am a big linux user and techy so I am sure rooting wouldnt bother me but I was aiming not to have to. I wanted to keep my laptops, raspberry pi etc for playing and keep my iphone as the manufacturer intended and reliable. However I am sure that it is fine and reliable rooted.
I'm not sure about the US version but for the international LTE version there are roms based on the latest official stock firmware you can install which come pre-rooted, Samsung bloat removed and they still register as official, custom counter unaffected, OTA updates still work.
But I agree, I think we would all prefer to not have to root but if you want to expand app storage on the Galaxy S4 and remove useless Software we don't have a choice.