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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Jack Daniels, May 30, 2010.

  1. Jack Daniels

    Jack Daniels Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I'm no slouch when it comes to Linux based systems but this is soon to be my first Phone i would consider messing with the OP what are the pros and cons of rooting a phone. Other than the obvious of things like being able to oc.

    i just want to make an informed decision.

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  2. Android 17

    Android 17 Android Enthusiast

    Can basically any phone be overclocked, anyway?

    I wonder if it would even really help since 1 ghz is quite fast in itself. I suppose it may help with such things as loading flash-intensive programs, etc.
  3. mx7

    mx7 Well-Known Member

    You know you're gonna root! Stop bullshitting yourself :D
  4. Jack Daniels

    Jack Daniels Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    lol yeah but i was hoping for info
  5. drksilenc

    drksilenc Android Enthusiast

    actually the n1 was clocked up to 2.0ghz stable lols
  6. ab500

    ab500 Newbie

    The biggest reason I'm probably going to root is to remove the sprint bloatwear and install a mobile hotspot application of some sort without the $30 fee.

    Outside of that it'll probably make application development for android a little bit easier but there aren't that many other advantages to it.

    I'm pretty hardcore when it comes to programming and hacking also, I just don't see a lot of need to go too much further when rooting. I'm not going to be out there installing custom ROMs, wiping all my phone settings in the process, when stock HTC ROMs are fully functional.
  7. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    I would remove sprint boatware. More ram, more storage memory, less icons to look at ill never use.

    Tapatalk. Samsung Moment. Yep.
  8. TheBiles

    TheBiles Android Enthusiast

    Basically, you only need to know that rooting has no cons to a person who can follow instructions. It is very easy to do and to un-do. When the official instructions come out there will be a million detailed step-by-step tutorials that will hold your hand through everything. Don't sweat it, and enjoy the added benefits of root.
  9. stroths

    stroths Well-Known Member

    You can also setup Apps2SD to free up some space on the device storage.
  10. DougFunny

    DougFunny Member

    Well when froyo gets here we'll be able to install onto the SD anyway :D
  11. suprmallet

    suprmallet Android Enthusiast

    I'm rooting for a few reasons. For one, I've got an iPad that's wifi only, so I need to be able to make my phone a mobile hotspot without paying $30/month. That's a huge reason and enough for me to root right there.

    For another, I don't like Sense. I much prefer stock Android, and with a Froyo port already in the works, this will let me have my cake and eat it too. Pure stock Android and the newest version to boot.

    And the other thing is I actually like to underclock my phones to eke out more battery life from them. Although I might be so in love with the EVO's speed that I leave it be. We'll have to see.
  12. DougFunny

    DougFunny Member

    I can't wait to see how well froyo improves the battery life on the EVO. Then people might even be compelled to overclock this phone :cool:
  13. TheAndroidWorks

    TheAndroidWorks Android Enthusiast

    If you are thinking about rooting, you should just go ahead and do it before Sprint rolls out their next update and locks up the hole to gain root access like they did with the Hero 2.1 update! Just a few words to the wise.

    Come on Toast, let's get those directions soon... back over to XDA-devs I go...
  14. Jack Daniels

    Jack Daniels Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    if its a software update how come it can't be accessed if they can update then it can be cracked it's just a matter of time
  15. Putty

    Putty Android Expert

    Few questions on the process. It says put the zip file on the SD card.
    -Is this by plugging the phone in via the cable and merely dragging the file to the root of the card?
    -Then it says to rename the file on the SD card after it's done....do I need to leave that file on the SD card forever....as long as it's rooted anyways?
    - Will I lose sense?

    Lastly, I rename the file by plugging it in again and accessing the card and do a simple rename?
  16. TheAndroidWorks

    TheAndroidWorks Android Enthusiast

    1. yes, mount it per the notifications option on the phone when you plug it in.
    2. I don't know which method you are using, but I don't think there is any real need to rename it.
    3. no, once you have applied it, you can delete the file off your card
    4. not unless you install a ROM that specifically says so (AOSP, Helix Launcher, etc.)

    You can rename it through your computer as well with the SD drive mounted.
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  17. Putty

    Putty Android Expert


    I am reading from these directions.
    {tutorial} how to root \0/ - xda-developers

    He mentions renaming. Any idea if the end result is "Senseless"?
  18. TheAndroidWorks

    TheAndroidWorks Android Enthusiast

    That is a true, but the hero has not been recracked yet. Some of these phones are taking a while even the first time around!

    PS. I got the instructions for the EVO root. :)
  19. TheAndroidWorks

    TheAndroidWorks Android Enthusiast

    yes, I believe you can either rename the file or just delete it once you have rooted the phone. But please let me verify before you go ahead and do something that his instructions do not say to do! Just rename it and leave it on there for now. I would rather not help you unbrick your phone through the internet! :)

    No, you will NOT lose sense and probably not even notice the difference unless you try to install apps that otherwise wouldn't have ran without root access! If you ROM it to Froyo, you will lose sense till HTC ports Rosie (what they call sense) to Froyo and someone cooks a new ROM with it for the EVO.
  20. Putty

    Putty Android Expert

    Thanks for the input. Tomorrow can not come soon enough. Although, I may wait until Sunday or so to do it to read results of others attempting this process.
  21. sanjsrik

    sanjsrik Member

    super dumb question... In the XDA instructions, he says drag the file (zip) to your device's SD card.

    Do you first unzip the file and then drag the contents over? Or do you drag the entire zip file to the root of (see what I did there?) the SD card?

    yes, super dumb question, but just making sure.
  22. TheAndroidWorks

    TheAndroidWorks Android Enthusiast

    Not a dumb question at all. Do NOT unzip the file.
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  23. dgrobe2112

    dgrobe2112 Android Enthusiast

    well.. i wasnt able to get the phone today.. which sux.. lol.. but it will be here tomorrow.. and i plan on rooting it.. just to have it open so i can add themes, and different lock screens and such.. dont really wanna change the original operating system..
  24. Jack Daniels

    Jack Daniels Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    gah i have to wait tell fathers day... oh well
  25. patch321

    patch321 Well-Known Member

    me too lol :(

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