(talking about rooting and waiting)Yes it could save me money, but I dont want to risk bricking the phone and having nothing
No, there are two of us that don't root their Droid.Ok I must be the only one that does not root my phones.
IMHO .... there is not a phone currantly being offerd that justifies the upgrade. A rooted overclocked Droid running a custom rom out performs most devices out there. I even recomend the original Droid to friends and family cuz dollar for dollar it has turned into a good deal that will be a great phone and still has a long life ahead.
One of the attractions of the Droid to me was it is a phone that can keep me happy for my 2yr agreement
I do like the looks of the D2 tho and the bigger screens coming out. But another big plus for the original Droid is the community we have and that wont be going away soon. My next phone must provide me with this as well
My guess is companys will continue to lock phones down. I cant really blam them, If I were them I wouldn't want people hacking my software either.
The cheaper and more effective solution is to root your current Droid and wait for something that's a more significant upgrade. Overclock it to D2 speeds (it can handle them easily), use custom ROM's, have full WiFi tethering, themes and whatever else you want. Spending all of that money on another Droid with a little more memory isn't really a wise idea, but that's just my opinion.
I know you mentioned that you haven't/don't root, but in this case it's saving you money and giving you the same solutions.
The locked bootloaders make sense, it seems that they are doing it to prevent people from rooting their phones,then screwing the phone up and calling and saying there is something wrong with the phone and getting another phone, I'm sure this is costing them tons of money. Where as it probably costs very little to lock it down and preventing this all together. All they are concerned about is making money, and if they can prevent people from modding and potentially screwing up their phone you can bet they are going to do it.
Why? What does it matter? The vast majority of users will use stock software. The minority that want to root or use custom roms still pay for the stock software the same as those don't. They still get their money either way no difference.
Wouldn't you be at the very least a little miffed if your car company of choice started shipping cars modified to only work with a certain brand of spark plugs, air filters, etc., parts that don't work as well and cost more? You might find yourself looking at other manufacturers for your next purchase. In this analogy at least the car company has a clear, though misguided, motivation. But in the phones, money isn't the issue. They just lock it down keeping you from making any choices and using roms that can far surpass what they pre install.