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What are the advantages of rooting? Do people mainly root to install custom ROMs? Also, what would be some good quality roms?

I've been wanting to root my phone, but, I can't afford to mess up my phone. So I haven't attempted to try yet. If there were roms that offered better performance I'd be down to root my phone and try them out.



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Rooting unlocks the full capabilities of your phone similar to jail breaking.
The one benefit from it is you can install applications that can access the underlying layer of your operating system where you can remove bloated apps, put in performance tweaks etc.

With that you can install custom recovery and then install custom ROMS.

Benefits of custom ROMS are:
-Debranding your phone (removing all the bloatware from it)
-Performance tweaks (usually makes your phone much faster than stock)
-Extended features especially from Cyanogen Mod settings that enhances the feature set
-Performance increases via overclocking.
-Having the latest version of Android. (ICS coming to most phones unofficially)
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So, is cynogen the way to go? Do they have a fully functional ics rom?

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So, is cynogen the way to go? Do they have a fully functional ics rom?
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Its not quite functional, so i wouldnt go with it. CM7 supposed to be pretty sweet though.

Install clockworkmod, it will give you more brick protection. There are a ton of guides online to figure it out.

I have a rooted & rom'ed GSII and I love it!
     
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post #5 of 12
I am also in this same debate... I have a Galaxy S II (AT&T i777)instead and trying to think of the advantages...

I have also been reading into XDA developers that the phones have "ROOTING COUNTERS" to see how many times the phone has been rooted to void whatever warranty you have...

And the factory 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS "JUST WORKS" and I don't feel like dealing with Wifi and bluetooth issues along with anything else...

Convince me too lol...
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I have also been reading into XDA developers that the phones have "ROOTING COUNTERS" to see how many times the phone has been rooted to void whatever warranty you have...

Link?

First time I've heard that and I doubt it's true ;l
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Link?
First time I've heard that and I doubt it's true ;l

here...
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1311081

"The Samsung Galaxy S II contains an internal flash counter which is incremented each time a non-stock binary (kernel/rom) is flashed from a computer using Odin or Heimdall. (Using the new Mobile Odin on your phone does not increment the flash counter.) The purpose of the flash counter is believed to be to allow Samsung and or AT&T technicians to detect if the phone has a voided warranty through flashing non-stock firmware. The first time the flash counter is activated, the phone also displays a warning screen on boot up with a yellow warning triangle containing an exclamation point. The warning screen also contains the i9100 logo. (Evidently, Samsung did not change the warning screen from the International version of the Galaxy S II for the AT&T version.) Some rooting methods require that a non-stock kernel be flashed before rooting can be accomplished. So rooting and flashing custom software can both cause the dreaded yellow triangle, and increment the flash counter."

"Additionally, there have been rumors that there is a secondary counter hidden in the code of the Galaxy S II which increments each time the primary flash counter is reset to zero. This rumor was either started or strengthened over in the i9100 forums by Chainfire. He never did find any code, and later said he was not fully convinced there ever was any code. But the rumor has already had some discussion in these At&T forums, so it's worth mentioning. My opinion is that a secondary counter doesn't exist, but if it does, this would be an additional reason for this guide."
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Ah I see, so it detects non stock firmware not necessarily custom roms, and in your quote it seems there is already a way around it..

Still though, that sucks, first time I've heard of that.
post #9 of 12
Yeah, and I don't have a 'great' reason to root yet, as this phone does everything I want it to like tethering and performing to spec...
Unless ICS was out, I would consider it... but would also like more reasons to root...
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post #10 of 12
Mate, I want to know why I should root as well. I don't need custom rooms because my phone comes with ICS stock. The main reason I jail broke my iPad is for emulators and the android market already has them.

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