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Old April 6th, 2012, 03:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What are the Pros and Cons for rooting your Evo 3D?

I'm thinking about rooting my Evo 3D, but i'm not sure if its a good thing or a bad thing. What are the pros and cons for rooting my phone?

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It's a good question. Let's start with some pro's:
  • You can modify your device in anyway you see fit.
    You can install custom ROMs (which are custom builds of Android)
    You can install updated versions of Android (there are some ICS ROMs available, for instance)
    You can install custom kernels, that tweak/improve the performance of your phone.
    You can install custom themes, that give your phone a new look.
    You can run root apps that give you a lot of additional functionality. Like block ads, backup your apps w/ data, overclock or underclock, get rid of bloat ware, etc
    And more things than I can think of right now

The cons are few, but should be considered

1) It partially voids your warranty.

It's not a complete void. The carrier/manufacturer has to be able to prove that what you did with root caused the damage. The only case I've heard of that rooting has caused damage like this is if someone burned up their processor by overclocking.

2) You have a small chance of 'bricking'.

It's a very small chance, but a chance none-the-less. There are a lot of tools to recover a device that has issues. Most of the time it is a simple fix to get a device up and running again. It's why we always recommend making backups.

3) Sometimes it requires trial and error...and patience.

Especially when installing your first ROM. There are a lot of reading material (I have my own guide written on this subject) that will show you how to do it properly. A lot of the mistakes newbies make is that they rush into things and miss a step (and nearly every step is critical) and then they have problems. Reading the available material helps cut down on that.
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I wrote a long email and this site f'd up and so I lost what I wrote, so I'm now writing a more condensed version with the same basic info.

Pros:
1) You can run LBE Privacy Guard.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lbe.security.lite

2) You can install a ROM that make your phone run faster and make the battery last longer. Viper ROM is popular.
[ROM][Updated 2.6.12]viperROM Redline v2.5 RC2 |OC Daemon|viperControl|BEST BATTERY! - xda-developers

3) You can make a complete system image with Recovery. It's the best hassle-free system backup that you'll find.

Cons:
1) It will void your warranty. HTC will know you rooted your phone if you use their unlocking method. There is no turning back on that.

2) You could permanently brick your phone, or more likely temporarily brick it.

3) And as jerofld mentioned, you need patience. I did it using the HTC tools, but I can't tell you exactly how because it took me 2 nights and I read about 20 different sets of instructions for rooting (none of which had exactly the same steps). The good news, eventually I found a post from jerofld that actually seemed very helpful.
http://androidforums.com/evo-3d-all-things-root/494212-complete-newbies-guide-rooting-flashing-roms-kernels-using-fastboot-updated-3-26-a.html
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I wrote a long email and this site f'd up and so I lost what I wrote, so I'm now writing a more condensed version with the same basic info.

Pros:
1) You can run LBE Privacy Guard.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lbe.security.lite
To add to that, I actually have a list of root apps listed here:

http://androidforums.com/evo-3d-all-things-root/386823-just-rooted-your-phone-heres-some-apps-check-out.html
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