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Is rooting my stock 2.2 Evo worth it?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bostonsbrash, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. bostonsbrash

    bostonsbrash Newbie
    Thread Starter

    my phone is awesome as is, but is the root worth trying?

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  2. mdizzle99

    mdizzle99 Android Enthusiast

    Well...what would you like your phone to be able to do? If you are already happy with it as is, then I would not recommend rooting. If you have checked out the benefits to rooting your phone and decide you would like to take advantage of some of them, then go for it. It's quite easy to do at this point, but you do need to do your research.

    If you are not very familiar with rooting, here are two links that are essential for anybody who is thinking about it:


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  3. Yes. The risks are very low (especially if you have insurance on your phone) and the benefits are immediate.
  4. Droid_Genius

    Droid_Genius Android Enthusiast

    So I mean how risky is this? I want to root just to get rid of bloatware but I am too nervous about bricking my device also. Why cant they make a Geohot edition l where I just plug my phone in the 1 min later I am rooted like it worked on my iphone back in the day lol
  5. fonseca898

    fonseca898 Member

    They do, and it's called Unrevoked3. Do it. Couldn't be easier. And you can unroot at any time. No more PDAnet, you can tether wirelessly at ridiculous speeds on 4g, and (for me) very good 3g speed comparable to comcast during heavy use times.

    Not to mention being able to back up your entire phone at any time. I originally rooted because I was tired of the Sprint bloatware myself. It's much easier these days IMO, I no longer need to play with a dozen rom builds on my own, people much more experienced than I are sharing their hard work for free. Root your phone.
  6. chaotik

    chaotik Newbie

    Is there links to download sprint apps if you root the evo? Because I really like Sprint Navigation, it's amazing.
  7. Chaco

    Chaco Well-Known Member


    i was on the same boat as you last week. during the weekend i decided to pull the trigger and root

    i must admit it was a piece of cake, you just have to follow the instructions to the T

    i read and read many days and i am happy to have done it. it works great... i am not running any customer roms as i think the stock one is fine, just has some cluster... so i rooted my 2.2 and deleted bloatware and tweaked a few things. works great! better battery... usually i could consume 10% per hr or so, last night i consumed 20% in 4.5 hrs... thats about double life....

    just root with unrevoked, do a nandroid backup, install ur stuff, have it set to how you like it... do a Titanum Backup after your set (that way you have a stock backup and a backup the way you use the phone) and then use unrEVOked forever
  8. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Extreme Android User

    I wouldn't root it. Since root I haven't been able to put the phone down....it's been annoying several friends and loved ones...and my eyes hurt from looking at the screen so much. The stress associated with changing settings has become overwhelming but I just can't put it down.

    Seriously just do it!
  9. Droid_Genius

    Droid_Genius Android Enthusiast

    HAHAHA yea I went ahead and did it and its great lol since my Processor is running so slow @499 battery life is god-like and I dont even use my Seidio anymore, what a waste of 69.99 :(
  10. Crodley

    Crodley Android Enthusiast

    Ok, so I understand the things you gain by rooting, but can anyone list what you lose? Some widgets? Some Apps? Anything? Or is it all gains?

    Thanks for the info in advance.
  11. TBon350

    TBon350 Member

    You lose the ability to take your phone to the sprint store for service, however as long as you have a recovery and can find the stock version of 2.2 or the latest ota release, you can flash that prior to going to the store. It's a bit of a pain if needed, but do-able.
  12. Crodley

    Crodley Android Enthusiast

    And that's it?

    Here's an odd scenario. Let's say I rooted my phone. Then set it up exactly the way I had it before with the same apps and settings. Would I notice ANY difference?

    I'm not talking about removing bloatware to save the battery or that stuff, I mean the look and feel of it.

    I'm not arguing one way or the other, I'm just trying to get all the information before I just ship. :)
  13. TBon350

    TBon350 Member

    If I recall correctly, rooting didn't get rid of all the stuff and settings. Flashing of ROMS and Kernels when you do a system wipe is what kills everything. However, I've flashed ROMs now and use Titanium Backup (the paid version) to back up everything. After flashing, go to market, install Titanium Backup from teh Downloads, run it, restore all your apps and data, then restore all the system data. The only thing different is there are two of everything on my screen over the top of one another which I have to delete one. (not sure if this is ROM-specific or not, but not hard to remove one of each)
  14. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Extreme Android User

    many people have their own different reasons but I rooted to have more control, and to use some key apps. I have been looking for this phone for 5 years lol...since the mogul
  15. goodboy

    goodboy Well-Known Member

    In my opinion, no. I rooted my first Evo to get better battery life using different kernels and setCpu. While I'm not on my 2nd Evo, for better or worse, that came with the latest 3.30 software and kernel, the battery life has been better than when I rooted it. 15hrs with 50% today, light usage with some app downloading and doodle jump sporadically.

    Will I root again? Probably when unrevoked is able to easily root the newer Evos, but for now, I'm certainly happy with it as it is.

    Just don't fall prey to benchmarks as it only raises your e-peen and nothing else. Benchmarks don't correlate with a good experience, usually. Remember that Android was released 2 years ago on phones running 400mhz; Heck, the Hero ran at 600mhz, I think. So the Evo's overly fast hardware will get the job done.

    Side Note: If you do root, use Amon_Ra as your default recovery as opposed to Clockworks which doesn't backup your WiMax keys; If you lose those keys, you lose 4G.
  16. edwelly

    edwelly Member

    I just rooted my EVO last week and I am so happy I did. I feel like the it's an all new phone now. I will admit, I was very nervous about doing it, but I watched a youtube video on Myn's Warm TwoPointTwo ROM and just had to give it a try. It was so worth it. In case you want to read more, here is a link to some info: Myn's Warm TwoPointTwo
  17. shandroid

    shandroid Well-Known Member

    ^^ wow very impressed, does 4g work w/it? I rooted mine, wasn't planning on getting a new ROM but this looks promising, way over my head though, i don't even know what a Kernel is yet lol more reading to do...
  18. Nadal1323

    Nadal1323 Lurker

    My Mobile hotspot works fine with no restrictions, am I being charged the extra $30?
  19. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    Are you rooted? If not, I'd have to guess that you are being charged. Could be wrong though.
  20. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Android Expert

    Welcome to AF! If you're rooted, most ROM's have the mobile hotspot unlocked, so they're ready to use and you will not be charged $30 from Sprint. Are you running stock, or a custom ROM?

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