Why did you root?

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  1. Peter123

    Peter123 Well-Known Member

    It would be an interesting thing to know:
    What was your specific reason you rooted your tablet?

  2. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    Force of habit, I suppose. I've rooted every device I've ever had my hands on, including my last 2 Android-based phones. I like having the control. I like using TiBu to make daily backups. I like being able to use farhbot's Call Master app to block unwanted calls.

    I'm now so hooked on apps that require root, I suppose the real answer here is that my comfort zone and use of particular apps required me to root my Infinity.
  3. Peter123

    Peter123 Well-Known Member

    Good enough reason.

    I have rooted my previous phone (Eris) for the only reason that I could
    overclock it.
    For this tablet I don't see any convincing reason to root. It is also unclear for me how does rooting affect the possibility of further OTA updates.

    I also not quite clear about the difference of rooting and unlocking the boot loader.
    Do I get this right? By rooting a have root access privileges (like administrative access in Windows) and I can use specific apps that take advantage of it.
    Unlocking the boot loader (in addition to rooting) will allow me to load custom roms, right?

  4. sbdags

    sbdags Member

    Yes exactly that.

    I rooted as I use titanium backup to keep backups of all my data. But then it's not long before I wanted to unlock and install custom roms.
  5. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    Ad-Free is another really nice root only app to have as well.
  6. sabboo

    sabboo New Member

    I absolutely need to root an android device because

    : I am used to a Linux desktop (all android is linux for consumer devices), and am insulted by being told NO by a stupid little phone when I know better

    : TV ads are in our face 20 minutes every hour: to get rid of ads. There is no way ads should be in my face on everything I see. TV stations should pay ME for interrupting paid programming for infomercials. I'll tolerate ads the very moment congress passes a requirement for truth in advertising.

    : To create an actual backup that will restore my system, not just backup caches to programs that can't be backed up (like the system)

    : Change screen resolution at night when my eyes get tired or when it's bright outside

    : (phone?) Child safety, monitoring web, and disallowing unacceptable callers for teenage daughters

    : easy to track stolen tablet

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