To Root or Not To Root.


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  1. xxbrysonxx

    xxbrysonxx Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well this is the last day of September and I had convinced myself not to even think about rooting the phone until Samsung had released the GPS fix that was due out this month because I'm not sure if rooting affects OTA updates or not.

    The OTA that was pushed out did absolutely nothing to improve my GPS (in fact, it may actually be worse now), and I have not seen anything concrete on if/when Samsung will be pushing out another OTA so it might be time to consider rooting my phone to take full advantage of its capabilities.

    I'm wrestling back and forth with it right now, trying to decide whether to root or give it a few more weeks to see if Samsung releases any official statements.

    How difficult is it to "unroot" once you've rooted your phone? That might be the deciding factor.

    Also, aside from the various lag fixes, what kinds of other stuff does rooting allow one to achieve?
     

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    Chew Well-Known Member

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  3. ronaldramsayii

    ronaldramsayii Well-Known Member Developer

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    Go ahead and root....What I'll be doing from now on is releasing the manual update when Samsung releases them.... It seems people are having trouble getting the OTA, even I had the problem. I'll do my best to deliver the updates as they come....and make sure everyone keeps root as well.
     
  4. KonaZXIII

    KonaZXIII Banned

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    The benefits outweigh the risks given how easy it is to back up your apps and return to the stock ROM.
     
  5. xxbrysonxx

    xxbrysonxx Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Went ahead and did the "Unleash the Beast" Root/Rom a couple of hours ago. Haven't noticed a whole hell of a lot of difference just yet, but I do feel a bit better knowing that some of the bloatware that AT&T pre-loaded on my phone has been removed.

    I'm loving this phone so far, I just wish I had a functioning GPS. I've had Google Maps open for the last 15 minutes and have not come even remotely close to getting a lock. Kinda frustrating.
     
  6. ronaldramsayii

    ronaldramsayii Well-Known Member Developer

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    Apparently the update didn't work for you. Yeah I bet it is frustrating. UTB doesn't do anything as far as performance, it just gives your phone root, removes bloatware and enables sideloading. It's just a Tool to get you the basics. Try a ROM like Cognition, since it's the only one out right now.

    I'll be releasing one soon, still doing BETA testing. ROMs is where things should be a little different. Congrats on the root though.....great move....I assure you.
     
  7. sremick

    sremick Well-Known Member

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    Not a big fan of making 1000 non-standard changes just to get root. Too many problems later down the line (like OTA updates). UTB is using a cannon to kill a fly.

    I have specific needs for root, so I just rooted the stock system using the root feature of the OCLF (without doing the "lag fix"). The JH7 update applied fine.
     

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