I understand why phones, especially ones sold through the carriers, would be locked down to some extent, since the phone is accessing their network and they are the ones who get the support calls. But that is not the case with most tablets, at least not the wifi models. You are accessing them through your own network or some other network. I mean, if I bought a PC and didn't have administrator, I would be rather put out. If I bought a unix box or linux box, I would be upset if I didn't get root access (though of course with a bootable CD/DVD its easy to mount the filesystem and edit /etc/passwd or /etc/shadow ) So why is this accepted for android tablets? I mean we own the tablets outright, why not just provide root access to them? Can anyone share the thinking behind this, because it escapes me?