I haven't rooted since my OGDroid. (STILL going strong btw lol!) I just want to root and not flash a custom rom or new kernels or anything. Maybe get some stock android apps too.
But I really don't want to brick my phone. How easy is it now with these phones to brick them?
I would surmise that trying to install the wrong firmware with ODIN would brick it, if it is successful, but using the correct guide to root, it is hard to brick it. I have heard of folks phones acting wonky but not a true brick.
As long as you can get into download mode, you're golden
Im like you and havent rooted since my old droid x days. I read the thread Mike has linked above after I had already used this method and it looked like a few people had some issues but the majority of people had no problems at all. I was skeptical at first because of how easy it is compared to the other methods but it worked great for me. Didnt even have to boot into download mode.
Yeah, I see that with all forums for rooting, roms, kernels etc...some folks have no issues while others have issues... I like to read thru the whole thread to see and prepare for issues that may or may not arise. Granted, some threads have thousands of posts
forget reading thru all
of them, but I at least read thru several pages to get the jist of it