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Stock Android or Rooting - Which do you prefer?

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    Lightbulb Stock Android or Rooting - Which do you prefer?

    A lot of stock android phones are flooding the Market with ample customisation options but are quite expensive.So, rooting is a good option if we have tight budget.Which of the two is better or you prefer ?
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    Of course rooting is better because it gives you complete control over your Android phone. Also, the stock android may not utilize your smartphone's hardware optimally.

    Usually the phone manufacturers are late in releasing the latest Android updates for their phones. Rooting gives us the freedom to install the latest version of Android. Or we can simply flash a custom ROM which will make our Rs. 10K phone's interface look and behave like a Galaxy SIV Life Companion, HTC One or Google Nexus 4, etc.

    Rooting also allows us to remove the bloatware that comes with the original stock Android.

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    Rooting may be a lot of fun and I agree it is and you can do and try lots of amazing things but when it comes to using your phone and not having to worry about anything about updates and stuff there is nothing better then relying on the manufacturers updates. First of all there is very little room for things going wrong which is what scares me the most when you have lots of important and some not so important data in your phone.

    After all its just a mobile phone, what great feats can you achieve by making it run a tad bit faster Its still not going to fly
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    I agree with you admin. It is a complete waste of time. For those who do it for fun is a different thing but it does not really increase productivity in any way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Rooting may be a lot of fun and I agree it is and you can do and try lots of amazing things but when it comes to using your phone and not having to worry about anything about updates and stuff there is nothing better then relying on the manufacturers updates. First of all there is very little room for things going wrong which is what scares me the most when you have lots of important and some not so important data in your phone.

    After all its just a mobile phone, what great feats can you achieve by making it run a tad bit faster Its still not going to fly
    Today's mobile phones rival the computers in terms of configuration. Those who like tweaking their computers will love tweaking their mobile phones too. Also, there are so many great Apps available which may require root access. Google is much more relaxed about rooting than Apple is about jailbreaking. Some apps, like Tasker, work for factory-shipped devices as well, but get expanded superpowers when you root.

    Like you, I don't have the time to play around with rooting. However, I can see college students/geeks who are smart at this and it reminds me of my own days. I appreciate them for what they can do with a phone.

    Also, you can always restore your phone back to the state prior to rooting by using recovery tools like CWM or TWRP.

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    I think rooting a smartphone is an interesting part, as you're going to get a lots of accessibility and customisation to your phone. Rooting let's a user replace stock recovery with a custom recovery such as TWRP recovery or CWM. In a rooted phone, you can flash a custom ROM of your choice by the use of a custom recovery, tweak your processor's frequency, delete bloatware apps and even swap your internal storage with SD card if you don't have sufficient internal storage and you keep getting low space notification. But, I wouldn't recommend noobs to try thi or they might end up getting their phones bricked. Rooting is a very technical process and it requires experts to perform actions. Be very careful and do this at your own risk.

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    Rooting a device seems to be the fashionable thing to do at the moment but I've never really seen the point to be honest. While rooting does open up more customisation of a device, the Android OS ffers enough options for most users without having to risk rooting in my opinion.

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    I would prefer rooting over stock android anyday. Rooting gives a lot more accessibility to the root system and customization, when compared to stock android. The only thing to keep in mind before rooting is that, it voids the warranty of your phone if its new. However, I would never do any such things to my new phone, rather I would use it for a year or more and then consider doing these things. I love to do all this stuff to my phone, as it's a lot of fun to do. I have tried many custom ROMs on my phone and fortunately, all worked fine for me with very minimum bugs.

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    Voiding the warranty is probably the biggest issue for me and that's the main reason I haven't and wouldn't root a phone. While it does open up more possibilities on the device, if something goes wrong then not having the back up of the warranty could seriously affect your wallet!

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    While rooting voids the warranty of your phone, unrooting would solve this problem. Unrooting gets your warranty back so its not a very big issue my friend. If you wish to root your phone, go ahead and enjoy mate. You will surely love the things after rooting your phone. Good luck!

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    Rooting AND unrooting can cause problems and I know a few people that have rooted their device and used it successfully, but then when they've come to trade it in they've bricked the device due to the unrooting.

    I know that's not always the case but it is a risk, and you have to decide if it's a risk worth taking.

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    May I interfere with the discussion? I'm somewhat interested in the coversation going on here but at some point had some questions in mind. What exactly is the difference between Stock Android and Rooting for it to be compared? Any elaborative explanation between the two and how important it is to be considered in device configuration? I appreciate for letting me understand a bit.

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    Rooting allows the android device to be even more customisable than what it already is. With a rooted device you can for instance delete any apps that came with the device that you don't need or want, the bloatware as its called.

    As the OS gets updated, sometimes the new version won't be available on the older devices, but if it's rooted you can side load a version of it on there. Some apps that allow you to alter various other settings require root permission, and things like that.

    That's pretty much what rooting your phone lets you do.

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    Rooting allows you to make loads of customization to you device. If you are a developer, you gonna enjoy using android phone for sure. Though rooting voids the warranty of your device, it can be brought back to warranty by unrooting it. For instance, you can install custom OS, delete bloatware apps, make a nandroid backup and even tweak the CPU of the device. If that interests you, its going to be a lot of fun for you.

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    There are many apps which work best on rooted phones. I'm telling you a few of them; 1) Greenify 2) Titanium Backup 3) Disk digger 4) Pie control 5) Root browser etc.

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    Well, I wouldn't try it myself because I'm not knowledgeable enough to do such rooting. Thank you for throwing up some lights upon me regarding this matter. At least I have learned how rooting works. And I will read more about it. Just in case my device gets infected isn't it too late for me to customize and replace the OS with ROM?

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    You can only replace a stock OS with a custom ROM on a rooted device, as for a phone being infected I'm unsure what you mean?

    For an infected OS you can flash it back to the original setting or overwrite the original OS with a custom ROM, that will wipe the files on there, so in theory overwrite the infected files in the process, if that helps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    You can only replace a stock OS with a custom ROM on a rooted device, as for a phone being infected I'm unsure what you mean?

    For an infected OS you can flash it back to the original setting or overwrite the original OS with a custom ROM, that will wipe the files on there, so in theory overwrite the infected files in the process, if that helps?
    What my point exactly is, if its possible to root the device if it is already infected? This might be technical as for new learner like me but I am eager to know more about this rooting. I am trying to understand what is written on some searched sites but there are some information that I don't understand technically. I will not try it, but the knowledge about it is important for me personally.

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    If you are an android pro user and love to tweak your phone every time then I would suggest you to go for rooting as it has various benefits but take utmost care while. doing this task as it can brick your phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubie View Post
    What my point exactly is, if its possible to root the device if it is already infected? This might be technical as for new learner like me but I am eager to know more about this rooting. I am trying to understand what is written on some searched sites but there are some information that I don't understand technically. I will not try it, but the knowledge about it is important for me personally.
    Sorry I just wasn't entirely sure what you meant by an infected device.

    But yes, if your OS us infected then flashing it will basically overwrite the OS and everything on your device back to the original settings.

    It's like taking off everything on there, and putting a brand new OS on the phone, so that inturb will wipe any infected files on there as well.

    It's like starting again, but of course you'll also lose any apps or other data that you've got on there unless you back it up.

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    As I mentioned infected device, I refer to Android OS. Sorry for the confusion but still manage to understand my point. This shows how you answered my query. I think I'm learning a little and just in case I allow my OS to be rooted, most probably I'll seek someone knowledgeable to do it. The important thing for me is that, I've an idea about it.

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    While you can root your device yourself, even if you do have some experience then for the price an independent phone shop will charge your better off taking it there.

    Not only will they make sure it's done correctly, they'll also show you what extra features you can get and how to access them by rooting. They'll also usually offer the service to unroot it at a later date when you want to sell the device on for whatever reason.

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    I agree @pwarbi, since the rooting process is not that easy for a beginner to try, it is risky. So, the aid of knowledgeable perosn must be needed in this kind of issue. But for now, I'll enjoy what I got in my device, as long as it is functioning well, then no problem at all, right? If in some way, my devices gets a minor damage and still possible for rooting, then I will be decided to root it.

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    I think that for an android device and a regular user, as stock it will offer you everything you could want without the need for rooting.

    If your an advanced user that requires more options then while rooting is an option to consider, it's can also be risky if not done right, so it's important to know the pro's and con's before you decide what's best for you.

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    I always prefer stock android over rooted android. Why? I don't need the apps for rooted phones. If my phone is broken I will not be able to fix it.
    Most of rooted devices will be infected. If you really don't need the apps for rooted phones, don't root.
    Forgot to say, you will not be able to update your phone when new update comes out.

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    @Mihailo If your phone is broken and you want to get it fixed, then it really has to do nothing with rooting. Rooting simply voids your warranty but, in terms of physical damages, even your brand manufacturer won't fix it for free. However, I won't recommend anyone to root their brand new devices and it's better to go with rooting when your phone's warranty expires. Rooting has its own pros and cons like stock Android does, one needs to understand it's importance and technical aspects.

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    People just like the fact that they can say they they've got a rooted device, even though they might not even know how to use it properly.

    Stock android is good enough for most people in my opinion but rooting can give tgecadvabced user a few more options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waqsi View Post
    @Mihailo If your phone is broken and you want to get it fixed, then it really has to do nothing with rooting. Rooting simply voids your warranty but, in terms of physical damages, even your brand manufacturer won't fix it for free. However, I won't recommend anyone to root their brand new devices and it's better to go with rooting when your phone's warranty expires. Rooting has its own pros and cons like stock Android does, one needs to understand it's importance and technical aspects.
    I agree with you. But what I want to say is: Is it better to pay for a fix or not? If you don't need an apps for a rooted device, then don't root. You will have to pay if your phone is broken. Do you understand now?

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    My husband is one person that I know will not do without rooting any device he has from his tablet to his phones, if his television could be rooted or modified he definitely would have it done. His reasons are that when his device is rooted he can do a lot more than the stock roms offer and it creates a more personal feel. He also recommends that you do not try to root or use custom roms without a full knowledge of how to do so

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    Security risks

    When performing root access on your device, you can leave the system more vulnerable. This does not mean that it is more likely to be infected with malware, but that if any malware infect your device, it will have greater control over the system, since it is fully available through the root access. A hacker can even dominate your smartphone, having full access to the system and can thus hold great damage.

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    I rooted my Asus tablet and I'm pretty happy with it, made some costum changes and I was even able to install some apps that otherwise I wouldn't be able to install because the factory software wasn't allowing me to because it was saying that it wasn't compatible with my device but in the end the app did work very well and I didn't find any bug or decrease in the performance!

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    Careful! you can loss your warranty!
    Perhaps this is the greatest fear of those who are in doubt whether or not to root on their devices. When performing the procedure on any device with Android, you will be automatically opening appliance warranty of hand. The manufacturers always inform this warning in the manuals of their products. However, in many of them, you can simply remove root access or reinstall the original ROM manufacturer and thus expedite warranty again. However, this is not 100% guaranteed, where some manufacturers use some tools to know if you did or not any change in the system. So, You need carefull with this!

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