thank you both for that. Explains a lot more now.
So the next questions..... since I've been installing a number of apps and such right now.
- It sounds like to root my device I have to wipe it clean? Is that right? The first step of rooting, unlocking your bootloader, is equal to a factory reset. It'll be wiped.
- And is there any danger to rooting? Rooting in itself is fairly safe, it opens a lot of options, some of which can be dangerous. If something goes wrong, it'll always be your own doing tho. So read up and make sure what you're doing before you do it and you're good.
- In terms of my iPad, possibility of 'bricking' the device? There is a possibility, but it's really really slim and again, it'll have to be your own doing. But you'd really have to go out of your way to be able to brick this device.
- Will I have issues getting the newest version of Android when it comes out?That depends on what you do after you root. If you don't touch your system apps, framework or recovery partition, you'll most likely be able to update fine, you might have to reroot afterwards, or unroot beforehand, depending on the update. If you do modify any of those, you'll have to undo those to update or get the newest firmware in a new rom for instance.
- Do apps have any issues working on a rooted device? (guessing not) No, none to my knowledge. You'll even have a wider selection of apps with advanced functionality.
Never did jailbreak my iPhone or iPad because of the issues above. I did come across something that mentioned you can always go back to an unrooted device. I'm guessing a full reset of your device. But worry about the above. Unrooting can be as simple as removing superuser and busy box (the uac thing and binaries etc), but it all depends on what you did afterwards, again. There's also apps that let you unroot. Locking he bootloader is something you can do too, if you'd want to return or sell the device in a factory state. But that'll wipe it once more.
I can't see myself using it for anything too wild. Perhaps wanting to change the lock screen wallpaper, or as I read my other thread the ability to read/write to external media. (and I'm sure a few other usages could be found along the way)