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Samsung Galaxy S III...

Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by SurvivePenna, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. phatch

    phatch Loaded Pockets

    Jun 5, 2006
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    Root is a term that means a couple of things.

    It indicates the user has complete control of the device and software on the device, an administrator level account.
    It means the first level of the directory tree, which is not visible to a normal user.
    It means the built in safeguards of the system are bypassed and nefarious software can tamper with your device without your knowledge.

    To root your device means that you have complete control of it. This voids the warranty from the manufacturer and support from your wireless provider as well should you have any problems.

    Rooting lets you install and use software that normally would not run or install on your device. This can open up new or improved software options. However, mistakes with such software can destroy your device or "brick" or "soft brick" it. Brick being your device is no more useful as a phone or hand held computer than a brick. A soft brick can usually be tweaked to operate again if you're a knowledgeable user. Sometimes the rooting process itself goes wrong and can brick your phone.

    Reasons rooting is good
    Firewall controls-- privacy and protection reasons
    adblocking--speed, infection, privacy, though it's not always pretty as pages may not display properly or some parts of games can be weird sometimes.
    Privacy tools-- fine tune app permissions,
    Automation--you have more options for automating the behaviors and use of the phone. You can still automate a regular phone a fair amount, but there are more limits.
    Overclocking/underclocking including custom kernels. Make your device faster, or more battery efficient--aggressive overclocking can fry your phone, or custom kernels can softbrick. Or badly sourced software of such nature can be malware.
    You can remove bloatware.

    Reasons rooting is bad
    You're on your own for support. No warranty, no in-store help.
    Higher risk of malware for less skilled users
    Buggy rooted phones and software can be more unstable depending on the user and what they do. You're more likely to run into unintended uses of the phone such that the software was never tested or debugged for such uses.
    No more updates Each software update to the OS will break your root. You can usually wait for the hard core techies to figure out how to root the new update, then re-root at that time with the updated features.

    Root is not for everyone. Some carriers are more hostile than others. Verizon and AT&T phones are usually more locked down than T-Mobile for example. You need to research how to root your phone, and this includes the carrier and software version you're using.
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  2. Nim

    Nim Loaded Pockets

    Jul 21, 2010
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    The quick and dirty version is that it's like taking a windows computer. Deleting everything from it. Then installing Linux.

    In theory other operating systems for you phone will use less resources, have have less bloatware you don't want or use. So you may for example get better battery life.

    BUT these mods are made by the community not the programmers Samsumg and Google pay untold millions to design for you. So the mods tend to have more bugs too (I'm told).

    For context I know what's involved but I've never tried it.

    Edit* Sorry the above reply didn't load for me, that is a far more comprehensive response. Sorry for bumping.
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  3. dml24

    dml24 Loaded Pockets

    Sep 5, 2013
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    Most carriers., Verizon for one, are offering the Galaxy S4 for free when on purcahses a two year contract. The S4 is still a good phone and offers some good upgrades from the S3.
    One can learn how to root any phone just by typing into you favorite search engine, how to root, (your phone here), and you will find more links than you can possibly visit in a couple of years. Youtube videos offer detailed how to root just about every phone currently on the market. The pro and cons regarding roooting are all over the web.

    I use a now older Galaxy Note 2. Samsung uses their proprietary TouchWiz interface over the standard android system. Most users are not bothered by TouchWiz features. Many tech type dislike or really hate the TouchWiz UI. Rooting any Samsung smart-phone eliminates the Samsung interface. Droid purist do tend to like Googles Nexus series which offers the pure android experiences.

    Have fun learning and let us know whether you root or not.