One of the top questions I see each week has to be, “What are the pros and cons of rooting?” It’s a great question and one I probably should have attempted to answer some time ago. I know we’ve been covering more and more custom ROM and rooting stuff, and it seems only fair to give those of you on the fence a breakdown.
Let’s do this…I’ll give you the top 3 reasons I have and then I’ll let the rest of our custom ROM crowd take to the comments with their reasons. When this is all said and done, it should give you a pretty good idea of why many of us have chosen to go this route.
1. Sense of Power: Once you have rooted, overclocked and installed a custom ROM a few times, you really feel like you have total control over your device. At one time, I was one the fence as well, but once I took the jump I instantly said, “What was I waiting for?” To have the ability to manipulate almost anything on my device at any time is one of the main reasons I bought this phone and rooting helps me take full advantage.
2. Custom Look: The developer crowd for Android that works at creating custom themes is amazing. Some of the looks and feels of the custom ROMs out there will blow your mind. When the Droid was initially rooted and the first custom ROMs were out, it was a pretty ugly scene (smoked glass = icky), but now your options are almost endless. You could seriously have a new look on your Droid each day of the week for a month.
3. Apps and Overclocking: The added apps you have access to really matters to me. Wifi hotspot anyone? Screenshots? And who doesn’t like to speed up their device? This sort of goes back to reason 1 and the sense of power and control. Rooting really just opens you up to another world which has zero restrictions.
And now it’s your turn. Why are you rooted?