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Galaxy S4 - Root time? Why?

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Why should I root? I mean, what have you guys found with your rooted S4's? Anything not working? I don't use the silly screen wave or tilt crap. Really what I'm interested in is the IR blaster and the raw performance. Will I get a better battery life? How easy is it to go back to the stock system, like tricking reps into thinking I never rooted?
Yes, I can google this crap (giggity), but I prefer current answers from people I can talk with.
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Rooting lets you delete bloatware. That would definitely give you a little more battery life and power.
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Rooting gives you the ability to do whatever you want with your device, change OS, delete bloatware, overclock, under-volt, change kernels, governors.
Customization's out the window...the list is endless.

It is fairly easy to revert, there are one-click tool kits that take the guess work out of the rooting procedure, if you're not comfortable with CMD line.

Head on over to XDA & check it out. thumb.gif
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I am in the minority I am sure but I don't see any reason to root by itself except for the option of better back up solutions. I can see a good reason to flash a custom rom to get rid of all the touchwiz and carrier garbage. I suppose you could remove a lot of that with rooting.

If you just root though and do not remove or change anything it won't effect anything not even OTA updates. Removable or modification of "certain" systems apps etc could break OTA or effect other things so just be careful what you delete.

My last few phones have been nexus phones and now I have a GPE S4. I have never bothered to do anything with them, but if I had a standard Samsung phone I would put a custom rom on it right away.
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post #6 of 7
You're not in the minority there, rooting and then not changing anything is silly, that's like building your own computer, and then only using stock dell parts.
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Fridge Gnome View Post

You're not in the minority there, rooting and then not changing anything is silly, that's like building your own computer, and then only using stock dell parts.

I agree. Rooting and doing absolutely nothing that requires root is pointless.

But, rooting and keeping the stock firmware is not pointless. I have rooted, and I like the stock rom and TouchWiz interface. From here, you can remove unwanted programs (bloatware). I use Titanium Backup, which requires root. I use it for backups, obviously, and to freeze certain programs/processes (such as the ones that check for and initiate OTA updates).

I use Avast! Mobile Security and it has the option for root installation of it's Anti-Theft software, which is protected from uninstallation and remains even during factory wipe and/or hard reset. Nice feature that I use.

I also use the Sixaxis app, which lets me use my PS3 controller on my phone. This app also requires root.

With root, you also have access to all files on your phone and are not restricted. But of course you need to be careful with this ability, so as not to mess anything up.

There are many other useful apps that require root or have enhanced functionality due to having root access.
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