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Wednesday Poll: Locked Bootloaders Still Matter to You?

Yesterday we ran a poll that asked if everyone still considered the DROID Bionic to be the device to have and saw over 8,000 votes that were all over the board.  Some of you have clearly decided that this won’t be your next phone, while others are now waiting to see what happens with the Galaxy S II by Samsung before punching a ticket.  What I noticed about the poll though, was the answer that received the least amount of votes that simply said that the Bionic would be purchased as long as it had an unlocked bootloader.  I’m just wondering, are bootloaders still important to the majority of people?  The ROM, theme and hack crowd seems at least to me like it’s growing exponentially, but are people ready to trade that for the newest specs?  Is root enough?  Sound off as usual.

Locked Bootloaders Still Matter to You?

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  • vincent mac

    I choose option 3: unlocked bootloader is plus, not a deal breaker though. Personally, I’m waiting on the next Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    Its not that unlocked bootloaders aren’t important, its simply that we know the galaxy s 2 will be unlocked and that its specs are crazy good. I simply do not know what motorola will do with the bionic.

  • I’ve been leaning to the Windows Phones now because of the bootloader stuff. It seems like unlocked bootloader is the only real way to have a nice phone. Stock is generally slower, and more bloated.

    After seeing the new Windows Phones i have started to really like them. Once the app market gets bigger for them i see no doubts in them being as successful or more.

    They are almost like the inbetween of a Iphone and Droid, Simple but not too locked down.

  • Jake

    Whether or not it is unlocked, I am willing to buy a phone if the dev community can make something work. I am fully content with Liberty on my current phone.

  • Supall

    I need it to root and I need to be able to get rid of the bloatware.  Only reason.

  • Tigercantdrive

    You people need to get a life and quit playing with your friggin phones. I run a business with 2 Android phones and “bootloaders” and “Custom ROMS, maaannn” really don’t matter. Reading the comments, “I refuse to buy that phone if I can’t root,” are just hilarious! You all think you are smarter than the companies and people who actually make and design the damn things. There’s nothing I can’t do to actually be productive and profit that a custom ROM will do that the stock 2.2 on my Incredible2 or 2.3 on my Droid X won’t do.

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  • Anonymous

    For me if I can’t completely mod my Android phone then I will have a hard time staying with Android. Carriers and manufacturers seemingly try their best to make their phones suck, I don’t need any impediments on undoing what they’ve done to perfectly good hardware and a good OS.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry guys, I didn’t read the comments, but this poll seems all wrong.  If you read the site, you should know your phone will be unlocked some time between 2 months before release and 2 months after.  Is this really still an issue?

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  • I voted Bootloaders don’t matter to me because generally any really nice new phone you want to buy is either hacked before the official release or within 30 days thereafter.

  • DBK

    Wow. It’s amazing how much the opinions have shifted.

    I agree with many of the posts here. As long as the phone is fast and works well as is, a locked bootloader won’t really bother me (just as long as I can root and remove the bloatware).

  • Anonymous

    No matter what it’s still android

  • Anonymous

    I personally think WAY too much is being made of the locked bootloader issue. Would I like my next phone to be unlocked? Of course! But it won’t be a deal-breaker for me. Here’s why:

    We’ve already seen with phones like the Droid X that a locked bootloader doesn’t mean it can’t be rooted. I think that is the first misconception about this thing. Even with a locked bootloader you can indeed root the phone (might take a little more work, however). Secondly, once rooted, you can put custom ROMs on a phone with a locked bootloader. Yes, these ROMs must be based upon the current framework/OS and must include the stock kernel, but it’s still a custom ROM. Which means someone like me who loves to theme ROMs can still put my creativity to use and I can make my phone look exactly the way I want it to look.

    With the OG Droid, having a locked bootloader was essential because we all agreed that when stock it wasn’t running to its full capabilities – especially regarding CPU speeds. So being able to load a custom kernel was huge. I have been running my D1 at 1.1Ghz for well over a year. These newer phones are already so fast that doubling the CPU speed isn’t necessary. Yes, a LV kernel would be nice considering it can help with battery consumption, but again, it’s not a deal-breaker for me.

    In the end, I want a phone that works. If that phone also happens to have a locked bootloader, so be it.

  • Shenanigans

    There should be a third option of an unlocked bootloader is important but not a dealbreaker. I personally think an unlocked bootloader is important, but I would consider another phone if I liked the features on it even if it was locked because I know the dev community would eventually get around it

  • Anonymous

    Unlocked bootloaders matter to me but it wouldn’t stop me from buying a phone if it’s otherwise really good.

  • Root matters though, as long as I can take the crapware off the phone.  The draw with rooting with the Droid is overclocking because it was laggy.  Sorry but it was.  With these dual cores, overclocking is not really needed.  I can throw LP+ on it and get rid of the launcher if I don’t like it, and themes aren’t really that important to me.  So IF I can root and get rid of crapware then I’m on board.

    • Anonymous

      same all i really care about is getting rid of the bloatware. These new dual core phones will be plenty fast and removing the bloatware will free up some more space on the phone rather than being taken up by pointless apps.

  • There needs to be another category that says something like bootloaders matter, but I will still consider a phone if it has awesome specs and I really want it!