I originally started this as a response to a topic asking about rooting, but I think it is a little long and a little off topic from the original post, so I started my own thread. I want the rooting community here to convince me of the value of rooting. I've seen a general attitude that rooting is this amazing thing that will turn your tiny little fossil fueled brick into a cold fusion reactor. Well, maybe not quite that far, but the sentiments expressed in this thread: http://androidforums.com/android-news-talk/104306-does-your-g1-suck.html#post968116 The person is having phone trouble, will rooting magically fix this? I understand perfectly that rooting can open up lots of capability, but for me it sits right alongside what people say about Android's sister Linux base. Sure, I could throw boring old Windows off my computer and install the latest version of Linux with all this openness and all this capability, but to what end for me? To quote Apple (*hack cough* sorry about that) "it just works." Some of the custom ROMs are a little better optimized than the current one, and come with some neat features like overclocking, aps2SD, and built in tether, but I never really think of a time when these things are essential. My Droid seems to work rather fine at 550 mHz, I never use tether (wifi or wired), and I just can't care too much about having apps2SD as long as I still have a fair amount of internal memory left. My Droid works, and works well. I want a smart phone for browsing the web and sending IMs on the go, using Google navigator and all those other little goodies Android has to offer. As useful as it can be to someone, I just don't see a real need to be constantly flashing ROMs or to have Busybox at my disposal on my PHONE. And yet, I get the impression that if I even suggested that I'm actually happy with my phone doing what it does and I see no real personal use for rooting my phone, that people would talk down to me like I'm some sort of idiot for making this terrible decision. I'm reminded of the old Redhat Linux install screen "Would you buy a car with the hood welded shut? That's what it's like using a closed source OS." Sure my hood isn't welded shut, but what can I do when I open it, besides check a few things like oil level. Wow, this thing got longer than I thought. Anyway, I want people to show me the magic of rooting. You all had 2.1 months before the rest of us, sure, but I had browser multitouch with Dolphin and I hate live wallpapers. I see several posts in here about people using Bugless Beast or CyanogenMod who have trouble with certain apps running or updating properly; my boring ol' unrooted phone has all the apps I want and they all work swimmingly. SHOW ME THE MONEY erm MAGIC. Not to say that I'm against the idea, but every time I want to root and install a custom ROM on my Droid, there's always something that I need my phone for the next day, and I would be completely screwed if something didn't go right. If anything, the biggest reason I can think of for rooting is so I can finally get JIT on my phone.