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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by djflacolive, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. djflacolive

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    WHats so great on jailbreaking? I just got my tmobile mytouch 4g.
     

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    A lot of things!

    First of all, it's not jailbreaking. while it can be confused with jailbreaking an itouch/iphone because they produce *somewhat* similar outcomes, it is different than on android. Android can do most of the things that a jailbroken apple device can do without any modification. For android, we call it "rooting." Rooting is the process of opening the locked folders in the android system, allowing us to edit, add, and delete things that are not meant to be. Essentially, it's like switching from a "Guest" account to an "Administrator" account. It also allows for flashing custom roms, which can greatly improve performance and visual appeal (This is something that idevices can not, for the most part, do.)

    But what's so great about rooting?

    1. make system changes as you see fit (Overclocking, themes, etc.)
    2. run apps that require special permissions (E.g. screenshot apps)
    3. custom roms! This is my favorite because i can tell you firsthand that it has made my mytouch 4g WAY better. More visually appealing, better battery life, and i got android 2.3 before an update was officially released!

    I hope i answered your question!
     
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    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply im going to root my phone to make it a bit faster.
     
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    If I hadn't rooted my phone, I would have just returned it.

    Here are some of the great things I got out of rooting the MyTouch 4G:
    • Ability to have the stock Gingerbread keyboard. Yes, I know some other people have been able to install it without rooting, but when I tried to do that unrooted, the keyboard kept crashing on me any time I tried to type anything.
    • Ability to remove applications I don't want. The MyTouch 4G came with so much bloatware that it became annoying to scroll through them all just to get to the applications I did want that I didn't use very often (and so did not want to fill my homescreen with using a shortcut).
    • An interface I actually like to look at. At first I thought if I replaced the standard interface with ADW Launcher that it'd theme everything, but it themed only the home screen. Most of the other settings and menus were still the ugly bubbly HTC Sense overlay. With a rooted rom, I get much closer to a vanilla Android look and can theme the entire OS to my liking (currently running the HoneyBread theme).
    • Early Gingerbread Android. Yeah, it doesn't really offer that much over Froyo, but it has some small improvements I appreciate, and I have it now, and I've had it for over a month, and the unrooted folks are still waiting for it to come OTA, if it ever comes...
    • A search button. I found the so-called "Genius button" to be useless. I don't like searching by voice, and it took too long to load up anyway. I just wanted a regular search button back. With a rooted rom, I can do that.
    • A screenshot app. All screenshot apps need root access. Otherwise you have to hook the phone up to your computer and use the Android SDK to take a screenshot.
    • CPU Management. I don't overclock, but I could. What I like is the ability to underclock so I can save battery life.
    That's all I can think of off the top of my head, but I'm sure there's more that I just now take for granted.
     

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