Best paid root-access apps for the Evo?


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  1. Sprockethead

    Sprockethead Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm a n00b, but I love this phone to death. I don't even care about the relatively short battery life. So I finally rooted the phone, narrowly avoiding disaster along the way. And now I'm like "now what?"

    Obviously there is a wi-fi tether out there. And then there is the overclock. But I'm wondering what other apps you can use with a rooted phone that you otherwise can't. Are there paid apps out there that require root access? In other words, what's the big deal? Why do we root our phones?

    This is an honest question. I'm not suggesting that it's not worth it - just trying to learn more about android. I'm a convert from Blackberry and I'm not going back.
     

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  2. wase4711

    wase4711 Well-Known Member

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    no offense, but if you didnt know why you should/want to Root, then why would you do it???
     
  3. Sprockethead

    Sprockethead Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    No offense taken. It is likely an overeager/dumb move to do something first and ask why second. But I am a giant geek and must fiddle with my belongings until I destroy them. I just can't help it.
     
  4. sagedil

    sagedil Well-Known Member

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    I am sure there are more than a few of us like that here.
     
  5. Roadblock

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    I felt I actually had a legit reason for wanting to root. I wanted to get rid of the Sprint bloatware but I held off until I saw the wifi tether come out. Soon as that hit, I was all over it.

    My Samsung Instinct was unlocked to allow wired tethering and bluetooth tethering, I was missing that feature from the EVO. Yeah, I know about Easy Tether, I had that installed but the wireless was appealing for like my Sony PS etc.

    Anyhoo, I rooted, err gained Super User access via Unrevoked. I didn't know it wasn't a true root so I might do Toasts root with the .06 rom tonight. Really want all the BS gone from my phone.

    I don't use half the apps Sprint included and the ones I do want, I can install. I think I have all the Sprint apps in apk format anyway.

    That said, make SURE you have a backup before you go playing around in Super User or Root mods. Experience with the Touch Pro tells me you can mess shit up if your not careful.

    Not sure if you can truly "brick" the phone though. Seems as long as you can get to the recovery, your OK and could fix it but if you value your data, picture, music etc, backup backup backup! Then backup again just to be safe! :D
     
  6. Roman G.

    Roman G. No-Posting Probation

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    Most people root for the tether, removing sprintware, and for flashing custom roms.
    Most apps that you gain from root access are just admin type apps, noting really to call home about.
     
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    Sprockethead Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    So you can uninstall that NASCAR and NFL app? I rooted my phone, but still can't uninstall those apps. How do you do it?

     
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    Sprockethead Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Also - How often do custom ROMs come around? What is special about them? Do they look different? I assume that ROM means operating system. Am I correct?

    Thanks.
     
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    Did you use the Unrevoked method? If so, I believe that doesn't technically give you full control to be able to remove the main Sprint Apps, though, I could be mistaken.
     
  11. Jordus

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    Its noone elses business why you wanted to, perhaps it was just a learning experience.

    If its one thing I can't stand, its nix people who act like Root is some magical superpower. Its nothing more than system level access. Nobody hoots and hollers when they are an administrator on a windows box.

    I actually cussed an Apple machine the first time I tried to use sudo and prompt said "With great power comes great responsibility". *facepalm*
     
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    Sprockethead Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I did the bona-fide root access method, not Unrevoked. Should I be able to uninstall these Sprint apps from the normal Manage Applications screen? Or is there a secret root handshake that I must know?
     
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    Sprockethead Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Pretty funny.
     
  14. IPvFletch

    IPvFletch Well-Known Member

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    This debate is very much like why does one want to venture out of X windows and into the shell.

    It's been going on since the early 90s. I remember when there was no GUI, and all the folks who were hackers played with UNIX at the shell. That was it. Then the wave of windows folks took over and RedHat and others were formed (no offense to RH, but I just can't take all of this gui stuff!!) :)

    If you don't know why you want to root your phone, don't. You don't know what you're missing and you don't care to. When you have needs which require you to learn about the shell and underlying OS, then please go and do some reading and learning. This is not the place to do it, though. This isn't a unix hacking kernel development type of place anyways. :)
     
  15. Jordus

    Jordus Well-Known Member

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    Wrong. Some people just want to learn. While a 450$ phone might not be the best platform to test random things on, its a personal choice and if someone wants to do it thats fine.

    If i didn't tinker with my computers and mess them up a lot in the process of learning when I was young, I wouldn't have ended up working in IT and making a pretty successful career out of it.
     
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    Not sure if this had been stated yet but... I found an application(HTC Sync) you can install directly to your PC which will sync MS contacts / calendar with your phone.

    I actually found it on the SD card that came with my phone under the root / HTC Sync folder.

    So when you plug your phone in usb, run it as a disk drive then install this app to ur pc. Then after installation, unplug the phone and re-plug and run as the sync.

    Is this what you are lookin for?
     
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    sync w/gmail.. alot easier.
     

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