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Thursday Poll: Rooted or Non-rooted?

It seems like we ask this all of the time, but it has been over a year since we last asked the DL community if their phone is rooted or not. So today, let’s do it again. We like to stay on top of the trends here on the site, and this is one of the more important ones.

What’s interesting, is that the last time we asked, most of you had a single-core phone that was running a custom ROM. With almost all phones now sporting a dual-core processor, we don’t need to go that detailed – all we need is a simple “Rooted or non-rooted?”

And as always, we’d love to hear from both parties on this. If you continue to root your phones, tell us why. If you choose not to, we’d also love to know why.

Rooted or Non-rooted?

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  • Not rooted. While I’d like the ability to be able to overclock, get rid of bloatware and such, though admittedly don’t have an interest in ROMs (obsessing over which is best which I know could easily get out of hand for me) etc, I don’t trust the process unless it came that way via a developer version from the manufacturer. I don’t like the idea of it being less secure/having security holes, messing with the phone in that sense especially seeing how Motorola puts checks to see if it’s been rooted. If I think that could in any way leave me open to some bad legal issue down the road, I won’t even bother. Besides that, there are so many things you can do with todays UI/OS and the hardware is so much more advanced, the app store that much bigger with so many more choices that it’s almost become unnecessary. If there was a way to overclock without needing to root that would be sweet. Seems though that there are app options for tethering, hotspot and screenshots are already built in now. Hated the days when I had to use java or a software to get those to work. The only thing left for me I think is really bloatware. We can even now hack the apks to get them to work in the multiview, so I really can’t see any other reason to root.

  • I don’t even know what rooting means or does for me. I have a PANTECH Burstβ„’ with Android ICS 4.04

  • NathanDomier

    I was rooted back when I had my OG Dinc, but I haven’t yet rooted my SGSIII (SC-06D – Docomo in Japan) All of the reasons I rooted my Dinc are gone – my phone comes stock with flashlight capability, free tethering, ability to hide bloatware, and other things… I can’t really remember all the things that gingerbread didn’t have or support.

    That said, I probably would have rooted my phone if the dev community for the SC-06D wasn’t so small. We’ve got one working port of CM10, and that’s about it. Plus, the process isn’t as simple as things were on the Dinc, requiring you to flash back to stock recovery every time if you want to keep most of your hardware working.

    Also… I had more time for these things in college XD

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    Rooted all the way. My first Android device was a HTC Desire Z (G2), the HTC software on it was horrible… And I mean truly horrible I really was not enjoying the experience, once I rooted and installed a custom Cyanogenom based rom I never looked back, the phone was running so smooth it was like a totally new phone, and it still holds up on Jellybean pretty well (Besides the occasional lag), while my S3 with a quad core CPU and 1gb ram had to redraw every time I pressed the home button on touch wiz. Root ftw, AOSP ftw.

  • DNA rooted

    I rooted my DNA day one, bricked the 1st one tho (they took it back). Anyway wanted to root it to use my unlimited data plan for free hotspot, and if I have to pay full price for a phone I’m going to make VZ pay for it to. I was able to successfuly root my 2nd phone and set up wireless teathering. πŸ˜€

  • mcdonsco

    Usually always rooted but only to enable free hotspot. I don’t like paying twice for the same data. But on my new DNA that I paid full retail for to keep unlimited data the root processes ive found look a bit risky…so unrooted until I find a process that doesn’t look quite so risky to do.

  • RARU

    Non-rooted; The Razr M got JB early.

  • ryanallaire

    Rooted tbolt, to get rid of sense mainly. Yes i still have a tbolt, but i’m ready to upgrade and looking at the DNA. Any suggestions??

  • I’m not rooted, but on the other hand I am unlocked, just to flash updates.

  • Lakerzz

    Rooted for customizations and updates. D2vzw with unofficial AOKP 4.2 (no working camera yet)

  • you mean there are ppl who dont root?

  • owan

    Root/unlock bootloader were done within 48 hours of receiving my GNex. Verizon’s update schedule is so obnoxious that they basically force your hand.. it took them months to resolve the issues with the radios.

  • Kerry Davies

    I have a nexus that rooted and DNA that i want to root but cant. I love my DNA and I dont really want to change it. I would love to get rid of that stupid notification that tells me im connected to wifi. I realize im dumb and need it to tell me that im connected to a network, but its wasting space and insults my intelligents.

  • EC8CH

    I’ve got more rootz than Levar Burton.


    Rooted because once one it able to get rid of vzw crap bloatware, a device usually runs worlds better than it did before. Plush the freedom to use wifi tether without repercussions to my hearts content.. damn money grubbing bastard ass company lol

  • surprised to see that 35% (time of posting) is non-rooted.

  • Stock firmware filled to the brim with bloatware equals a slow device. Root all the way.

  • Michael Benvenuti

    I am rooted because I don’t expect anything less than admin rights on any device that I own.

  • iceburgh

    NonRooted. I was till the OTA update hit my G3 and I lost it. I wasn’t sure if I could get root back or not using the same meathod as before. I will think about it again when Verizon puts out the JellyBean update for the G3… IF they put it out. Maybe then I’ll learn how to flash ROMs.

  • I have three android devices, all rooted

  • Corey Foltman

    Rooted VZW GNex (AndrewTheCashews Unofficial AOKP 4.2.1)
    Non-Rooted Nexus7

  • lol why are you all with verizon if you hate them?

  • Krunk

    non-rooted, because I want a job (companies which require smartphones on enterprise would not approve, and I’d have to get a lame ass BB or iSheep)

  • timothee

    Because the Incredible 2 still hasn’t been updated to ICS and I’m running Jelly Bean flawlessly.

  • Kizaru Hiruko

    My Droid DNA does not have root… yet.
    If I have to wait for updates, hopefully the developer community will come through and I’ll be able to see what stock Android looks like on five inches of 1080p glory.

    The last time this poll was taken, I either owned the Samsung Droid Charge, rooted with a custom ROM, or I had just gotten the Motorola Droid Bionic. Ah, how far we’ve come.

  • CapnShiner

    I root mainly for 2 apps: 1) Titanium Backup 2) Tasker. Other benefits are great as well, such as free tethering on my unlimited data plan and full access to the file system. I would like to be able to try out some ROMs but the only devices I have/had are a DX and a DX2. There is no stable build of CM for DX or DX2 (that I know of) and I haven’t found any other stable ROMs either. If anyone knows of any good ROMs for DX2, please let me know.

  • ZookMechanic

    that’s the first thing i do to all my phones…i’m always tweaking apps, overclocking for games, and getting Verizon’s crap apps off of them.

  • donebrasko

    #1 reason to root? It has to be something that you absolutely can not do unrooted, titanium app and data backup. Tether also but waiting on foxfi to catch up to jellybean then it wouldn’t be necessary.

  • subiedude85

    Rooted to run 4.1 on my razr. I think I would have smashed it to pieces if it wasn’t for dhacker and hashcode0f. Bravo gentlemen.

  • Galaxy Note 2 not rooted. Too soon and the stock experience is just fine with FoxFi and ApexLauncher.

  • svenEDGE

    I’m not rooted only because I just got my VZW GNote 2 last week and haven’t had the time to root yet. Will be rooted very soon.

  • Rooted, but hardly use any root apps or need the root access. Mainly just Titanium Backup or Root Explorer if I really need something. And only rooted cause of custom ROM

  • I have the original Spectrum, and was about to root it when they finally came through with the ICS update. Now, my phone is running SO much better, I see no reason to root. However, if I COULD root the Spectrum on ICS, and there was a really good Jelly Bean rom available for it, I might reconsider.

  • Rooted both my LTE XOOM and Rezound. If I didn’t I would still be on Eclair and Honeycomb the way Verizon updates things… lol

  • umgoblue80

    Non-rooted because I don’t know how to root it and I don’t want to brick my phone

  • Jedivolfan

    I have the Thunderbolt and I was tired of waiting on ICS officially so I had to root.

  • Drome

    I cant as i use my phone to receive work emails. My tablet is rooted and romed though.

  • Person

    I have a Droid X and am kinda scared to root because I don’t wanna brick my phone. I heard the bootloader can’t be unlocked. Is it even worth it then? Do you guys overclock your phones?

  • Rooted because of Wifi tether and AdAway.

  • Johnny Rodriguez

    because I can!

  • Justin Kos

    Ad free android, and enough said

  • wm snyder

    rooted; options,updates and better performance.

  • r0lct

    If I could backup apps without root then I might not bother. Not losing my game progress for a warranty replacement phone.

  • Rooted only because I have VZW Galaxy Nexus. I bought it due to wanting a Nexus and speedy updates. I have been disappointed, so I rooted. Thankfully Bugless Beast gives me a vanilla Android exp.

    • Bugless Beast is still on 4.1.2 for Toro… and Pete will likely drop support soon in favor of his new Nexus 4. Good riddance, really – Toro does not deserve the Nexus name. Verizon should never (and likely will never) hold a Nexus device again.

      • In our area,if you want coverage your choice is VZW or Altell. Lesser of two evils..

  • Robert Kuhlman

    As much as I hate waiting for updates with Verizon I feel that the S3 is such a great phone that I have not rooted it. Any other device I would definitely be rooted. I’ve had every android phone I have ever owned rooted except the S3. Well done Samsung!

  • quiklives

    Root ALL the things! Rooted GSM GNex on T-mobile, rooted Nexus 7. Retired rooted VZW Gnex, retired rooted Droid X, rooted Acer Iconia A500 handed down to baby brother in law, rooted Nook Color handed down to friend’s 10 year old daughter.

    These days, my devices are rooted to run ROMs that give me a few extra options/customizations. It’s not the necessity it used to be, but it’s an awfully nice option.

  • monkey082506

    Rooted because I don’t like limitations. My device… My rules!

  • Jag28co

    Rooted because i don’t want to wait to finally release jelly bean 2Q next year for my S3

  • Kevin Rees

    Rooted. Simply because I can.

  • umataro42

    I didn’t get a Galaxy Nexus to not root it, especially on Verizon.
    I’m still on stock Rom, I rooted to use the root only apps like Titanium backup, stick mount, set CPU, and the extras from nova launcher.

  • Justin W

    Non-rooted Nexus 4 as my daily. I still have my Bionic rooted, but it’s not my main phone (especially since it is no longer connected to VZW’s network, he he). I haven’t (at this point) had time to do it. I honestly don’t see a need until I find a good ROM that I want (probably CM 10.1 or AOKP), but I’m open to other options.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Wow a lot of people have a RAZR M.

    That’s awesome!

  • Mark Mann

    rooted droid razr, was on stock til about two weeks ago, running wizzed bean cnv right now, waiting for a stock motoblur jb rom to come out…i rooted, because why not?

  • Droid_Dude

    Just rooted my VZW GNote 2 not two hours ago. I’m going to stay stock though, only rooted to get rid of crap apps and to get a WIFI toggle in my pulldown.

  • boybert

    Rooted D3 so that I can run CM9. Stock isn’t terrible, but CM9 is much cleaner and speedier. Camera doesn’t work perfectly (no video, no barcode scanning) and other things are kind of wonky, but it’s OK to me. Eyeing the RAZR M, which I probably wouldn’t bother rooting.

  • Fattie McDoogles

    I am rooted and not on Verizon. I am rooted because I love to be able to experience all that Android has to offer. I have an OEM phone (the GS3) and I can be ASOP today and run Touchwiz tomorrow. Or I can run a hybrid of both. I am running Touchwiz now but I have the 4.2 camera installed as well. I did the same thing when Jelly bean was announced and got Google Now long before my phone had 4.1

  • sporttster

    Rooted, Razr Maxx. Not sure why. No ROMing. But I’m rooted….

  • paul_cus

    Non-rooted. Haven’t had any reason to.

  • carluverdrm2004

    I’m not a tinkerer by any means, but I rooted my g-nex to have the latest version of android. Loving bugless beast.

  • Alain Lafond

    I have a Galaxy Nexus, and for me staying with my provider’s crap is very hard to imagine.
    As for now, Videotron is still on hold with 4.0.4. Imagine…
    Then I rooted to go on and take advantage of the new things from the new upgrades of Android.
    More than that, when 4.2 went out 2 weeks ago, I upgraded… But as my phone was rebooting from time to time randomly, I installed back CyanogenMod 10.
    When I root I get more control and the feeling of crarrying a real Android phone. Before I had a Videotron phone…

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Non-Rooted because Google has done the software right on my G-Nex as is.

  • kkloster

    not rooted with a GSM Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile. can tether, updates come pretty fast, never felt a need to root.

  • Daniel Sanchez

    Rooted all the way

  • aQuickBit

    Rooted: Vicious Jelly Bean on Verizon Galaxy Nexus

  • Chris Pinola

    literally the only reason i’m rooted is because I have a vzw gnex and i’m sick of waiting on them to push out updates. titanium backup, adaway, and Franco.kernel updater are the only root apps that i still run these days.

  • Jim McClain

    I also have a Galaxy Nexus, which is a total POS when its stock, but root it and its great, you should root if you want to, but with a gnex you have to, the difference is like night and day with a gnex

  • Bill Hamm


  • Rooted, for life.

  • Doan

    When my subsidy is ready, I’ll buy whatever device has the best overall hardware specs. If it’s a Nexus, I won’t root. If it’s not a Nexus, I’ll root.

    • KleenDroid

      If it’s a Nexus you will have to fight yourself every moment of the day to keep yourself from rooting πŸ™‚

  • KreeTerry

    I root to stay up to date and for free tethering. Custom roms and the features they bring are just a plus. BTW how awesome are the 4.2 aokp nightlies?

  • Just rooted my DX last week in hopes I could flash a ROM that would make things a little more snappy and not make me feel like I needed to “settle” on one of the new phones that are out now (I feel like each falls short in at least 1-2 areas). So glad I did. Liberty v3 2.0 rocks.

  • DoGood

    My Verizon Gnex is rooted to get the updates through 3rd party roms. My Nexus 7 is not rooted… haven’t found a single reason yet to root that device. It does what I want.

    • KleenDroid

      I tried not to root my 7 but couldn’t make it even a couple days.

  • Motoguy

    I root so that I can enable mobile hotspot for free!!!

  • Glen

    Rooted most of time. Had to do a factory reset to clear a text message problem. So am waiting for Verizon to drop official Jellybean before rooting again and installing a ROM incorporating Key Lime Pie features. Hopefully the 14th rumor is true (last phone was the DROID 2 warranty replacement for OG DROID and had to wait for 11 months to get GB).

  • cherry919

    I rooted to get the 4.1 update on my GS3. I wanted Google Now. I also added a wifi toggle and tethering of course. I’m running a stock rom. It’s great to have options.

  • WPNX

    33% not rooted…huh..well what do you know? Rooted..safestraped and running custom JB ROM on my OG Razr..who the hell needs Verizon for updates?

    • gp126904

      Same here with my OG Maxx, running CM10 and while it still has some kinks it is much better then waiting for Big Red to send me some Jelly Bean goodness.

    • I was weary first of rooting my Droid Razr but Matt’s Utility made me change my mind! It was as easy as hitting the number 2 on my keyboard and enter…3 reboots later and Root Privileges Obtained! I literally had an AOKP JB ROM installed using Safestrap within 30 minutes! The Droid Razr is a true performer once running JB! I just ran AnTuTu and with no overclocking I was able to obtain a score of 8,313! That beats the Galaxy Nexus running an official JB build! Now benchmarking scores don’t tell the whole tale but this device is speedy in everyday use and if I use it lightly it can run for almost an entire day before needing a recharge (normal cycle is about 4-8 hours with wifi tether running sporadically).

  • 1. Backup
    2. ROMS

  • Rooted running paranoid 4.2! with the tablet ui

  • JamesU513

    No need to root, my GNEX has Jelly Bean so I’m happy and I have FoxFi so no need to root for tethering. Nexus 7 doesn’t need anything, updated from Google.

    I tend to get obsessed over new things so I just don’t want to get all OCD on playing with ROMS and such.

  • Nayners

    Rooted, stock, Nexus 4. Enjoying updates straight from Google. Screw you Verizon. Jerk.

  • eck79

    Not rooted because I couldn’t restore root after OTA 4.1.1 update for RAZR HD. Will be fixed soon, though.

  • Right there with everyone else who has a Gnex on VZW

  • Diablo81588

    Very surprised how many people don’t root. I root to use safestrap mainly for nandroid backups and being able to try new ROMs occasionally. That and tethering.

  • Denvertoad

    Droid Razr Maxx – rooted but not rom’d. First phone I haven’t swapped ROM’s on. This one’s good enough stock. All the prior, DINC TBolt, needed root to use. Android come a long ways.

  • The only two apps in my approved SU list that I really use are AdAway and Solid Explorer. I don’t even know why I have BusyBox installed anymore.

  • My personal phone was rooted, but I only carry the non-rooted work phone (Bionic)currently. I did install the early ICS leaks, though.

  • You have to root your phone if you’re on Verizon at least, all of that terrible bloatware. My question is do you need to root tablets? I mean I have my Transformer Prime but I can’t really think of any I would do with it differently if it was rooted. I don’t see a need to run roms on minimal skins like the Asus UI or Moto UI.

    • KleenDroid

      I purchased a Nexus 7 a couple weeks ago and was also trying to decide if I really needed to root it. Especially since it was already running 4.2.1 which is the latest software. But then after a day i said to myself…. Hey it’s a Nexus and i an now r and running Clean ROM 3.0!

      • Yeah but besides the performance and extra customization with the ROM, is it really that different? I mean don’t get me wrong, I do love the feeling I get when I install a new ROM on my device, but it just doesn’t seem necessary to me.

  • Ibrick

    Rooted. Not sure I’d purchase a phone I couldn’t root.. Unless the carrier politics change that is. As long as carriers insist on wasting my storage and RAM with their bloatware I’ll root and remove it.

    In a nutshell; Updates, Bloatware, Tethering, I own it, I should be able to do whatever I want with it.

  • Daniel Clifford

    Would root but the tools don’t seem to like playing with Windows 8

  • JetBlue

    Rooted to get rid of bloatware since I can’t disable it since I have GB

  • PetiePal

    Honestly there’s no need on my Galaxy Note 2. The battery life is fantastic and since I’m not using ROMs backing up etc isn’t a big deal. The only thing I’d root FOR is CPU underclocking, which is again unnecessary. The wifi hotspot works just fine with an app for free.

    • PetiePal

      Also because a ton of the ROMs out there tend to have some features not working 100%, and I need my phone functioning as it was out of the box.

  • Tony Fortunato

    Rooted because I have a GS3 but I love the experience of AOSP.

  • stock, but looks like I’m gonna have to root since VZW stopped sending JB updates to the GNex

  • Jon Youngblood

    timely updates, more customizable, tethering…. it’s a beautiful world.

  • Adam

    Rooted so that I can use the latest OS through custom ROMs. And Verizon’s bloatware is ridiculous.

  • Ravi Rao

    Not rooted right now on my Droid DNA. I probably will eventually root, but haven’t had a reason to yet.

  • Can I vote rooted three times, once for each device?

  • Verizon sucks at updates. SUCKS!

  • Doow

    I’d love to get a link to figure out how to root my phone. I have a usa model s3 and damn near no technical experience.

  • Stephen

    Rooted- Faster updates and free tethering πŸ™‚

  • Brent Cooper

    Wow. I’a surprised how many people have root. I used to want it but android has gotten to where is has most of the features that once required root access. What are some of the ones anyone roots for now? Mine used to be wireless tether but foxfi took care of that.

  • GNex on VZW, and rooted. Did it because of the update schedule and stability. Running Bugless Beast. and have no intention of going back. Better and more stable (for me) than stock.

  • Bob O’Daniel

    I’m not rooted because I’ve been leaning more and more on my phone for my business. My experiences with ROMs has been that while they are relatively stable and trustworthy, there’s always SOMETHING that isn’t working right. My phones in the past have ended up rebooting at inconvenient times and I can no longer take that risk.

  • Jose Antonio Quinones Jr

    Rooted, because I own a GNex and I refuse to have to wait 3 months for Verizon to approve of updates for a Nexus device.

  • Bigwavedave25

    If you tinker, you must Root. The only way to “feel in control” and have certain freedoms. Resistance is futile…

    With so many custom roms and “improved OTA-like” roms… how could you not wanna try them??? Not for everyone I guess though.

  • Rooted… because waiting for Verizon to push updates to my Galaxy Nexus takes longer than
    getting through a Saturday morning line at the DMV!

  • Wow! I’m surprised at how many people aren’t rooted. I’ve had a couple dozen Android phones over the years, and I can’t even imagine not having real access to my phone.

    • Andromedo

      I’ve owned every generation of Nexus, and the only device I ever felt the need to root/ROM was the VZW GNex because it didn’t have timely updates or unlocked tethering.

      Now that I’m back to a “pure” Nexus 4, once again, no reason to root/ROM.

      It’s not that I can’t, I just don’t have the need.

  • How else can I get timely updates on a VZW GNex?

  • I have never rooted my Razr Maxx, but now I am considering because FoxFi is no longer free. Any suggestions?

  • Gaurav K

    Rooted of course. Never thought I would be in this situation with Verizon’s updates. But then again, I’ll still root even if the updates were fast, just because I have a Nexus.

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    As a tech geek enslaved in a Verizon Wireless contract, I have no choice BUT to root. I’d be screwed on updates if I didn’t.

  • Jason Hatherlee

    Rooted because Verizon is evil.

  • satsmine2k4

    Simple equation for me…
    If stock android ( Nexii) non- rooted else rooted with CM…

  • Nicholassss

    Im not currently rooted. I have a verizon note 2. When some roms come along to make this phone as vanilla as possible im doing it.

    PS. I havent used mu s pen except to show of what it can do. Otherwise im just in ot for the big screen.

  • Raven

    Rooted to run TiBU, Autostarts, and a few other apps, but have never bothered to ROM. The stock ICS with Nova launcher on my Droid 4 is good enough for me.

  • ROM vs NO-ROM is another good question. I have both my Galaxy Nexus and my Nexus 7 rooted, but only the gnex has a custom rom installed (CM). I find that the stock Nexus 7 rom is actually pretty good. Root is still needed for various things (adblocking, busybox, titanium backup, etc). gnex updates come too slowly from VZW, though, so I install a rom to keep up quicker.

  • enigmaco

    Rooted because Verizon is ran by money grubbing idiots that refuse to push updates to my Droid 3 that now has Jelly Bean on it (not complete of course but enough to make it enjoyable)

  • JDHokie

    Rooted my VZW GNex as soon as Jelly Bean was unveiled. I didn’t want to wait forever to get the update. Been running Bugless Beast pretty much the whole time.

    I did not root my N7 – didn’t see a need.

    • nutterbutter1532

      is BB development done? where is 4.2.1 update?

  • DanWazz

    Root so that my VZW Nexus get’s the latest updates. Also, I love to customize and theme my phone.

  • vonbane

    Verizon Gnex, only way to get updates… will root my Nexus 10 once the stable ROMs start showing up.

  • J. Gilbertson

    Non-rooted. Got the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx. I had always been iffy on getting a warranty replacement. Apparently it’s common for there to be usually non-visible dark blotches in the screen when you’re lights out and on a dark screen but my wife’s xt912 doesn’t have this issue. Plus I’ve always had issues with the 4G LTE dropping off especially in my office. But I think that’s a network issue with data hand-offs that Verizon isn’t going to own up to.

    Once I’m past my one year warranty in June I’ll most likely root my phone and tinker with some roms. Until then I’ve heard that Motorola has it’s ways of figuring out whether or not you’ve rooted your phone, even if you unroot it.

  • Mark Woods

    I root for a couple reasons – running Wifi Tether, loading custom ROMs, and Tasker fun.

  • Al

    Non rooted happy with phone as is.

  • Tommy Nunno

    heres a intresting one for you.
    i have a verizon galaxy nexus to get 4.2 any time soon you have to root.
    i of course want 4.2 and so i rooted and was running happly until last week my employer change the ways phones would work you either had to have an unrooted encrypted phone or be forced to use one of the provide I products πŸ™ i wanted no part of a i product and i wanted 4.2 after sleeping on it. i do believe i came up with the best solution i self compiled 4.2.1 crushed googles bugs loaded it up re locked the bootloader and encrypted it. its not the perfect solution but it does let me run 4.2.1 and make my employer happy without having to carry an i product.

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    I am rooted for one reason… Root call blocker!!!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Lol funny timing I JUST finished UNrooting my GS3 . . . I’m rooted all the damn time I think I just needed a break from Jumping from ROMS and updating . . . . And to be honest I didn’t think I’d have the S3 this long……. WAS going to sell it when the *COUGH* LTE NEXUS 4*COUGH* came out. . . . now I just feel kinda stuck… like an Abandonded Child. . . . waiting for CES see what’s going on with my next device.

  • RoadsterHD1

    NON-Rooted is better now, tethering is doable and launchers even OEM launchers are cool now. Getting off the OTA path and having to go back to get updates sucks.IMHO

    • KleenDroid

      I’m not sure you had a grasp on things. If you were rooted you were way ahead of Verizon updates and there is never a reason to go back for anything. For instance the latest version is 4.2.1 and that is what many of us on the Nexus are running. Verizon is still stuck back 3 updates.

      • RoadsterHD1

        I know what you’re saying but the non-OTA updates are never complete, allot of things still don’t work. Most times now if you get a leaked official update you can install it without rooting anyways. I got the official ICS leak for my Bionic and had great success. The flashing back to OTA was painful. All I’m saying is that the OS from ICS and up are very good and workable enough to make waiting for official OTA update not so painful. i’m getting Jelly bean in first quarter and i’m not sweating it cause ICS work GREAT.

        Motorola DROID BIONIC

        ICS 4.0.4

        1.2GHz OMAP-4430 Dual Core

        1gig-DDR2 RAM Stock Kernel

        NOVA Launcher

        Quadrant Standard Score 3227

        AnTuTu Benchmark 8249

        Vellamo 1054/347

        • Ibrick

          Not sure how many leaked updates you’ve run, but I’d say a majority of them are exactly the same as the OTA version. If anything, there might be a couple insignificant changes that don’t effect anything anyway.
          Also, I think once you upgrade to JB you’ll be surprised at the difference. Not GB to ICS different, but JB is a NICE improvement for sure.

          • RoadsterHD1

            I’m sure you’re right, and i can’t wait for Jelly bean because i like Google Now.

  • Rooted because of Verizon…need I say more.

  • Rodeojones000

    I’ve owned a rooted phone since January 2010 and that’ll never change.

  • Jim Sheeran

    Non-rooted at the moment as I’m trying to get a replacement GNex from Verizon

  • The numbers in this poll are going to be way skewed because the people that visit this site are enthusiasts, and most enthusiasts are rooted.

  • mbagasao

    Rooted so that I can be in full control of my device.

  • Jigga_Z

    Rooted Galaxy Nexus here. Even when I had a Droid X with Motoblur on it, I rooted myyphone so I could underclock it. 30-40 hours of battery life FTW!

  • Bob Sacamano

    Both actually..

    1. Galaxy Nexus LTE – Rooted, “Shiny-OTA” Jelly Bean 4.2.1 (so far, as good as BB) – Love the feel of nearly stock.

    2. Galaxy Note II – Non-rooted – Power user and wanted to keep it “untouched” as long as possible, no regrets at all.

  • Bionicman

    when i had my GNex LTE, definitely rooted for updates. with my GNOTE2 LTE, nope not needed.

  • New_Guy

    Although my phone is rooted, I would love to have a device so good it doesn’t need to be.

    • Chris Pinola

      agreed. i used to get a kick out of crack-flashing and playing with new ROMs and kernels, but now i just want something that’s stable out-of-the-box and i don’t have to tweak to death in order to get it to last me a whole day πŸ™

  • I’m still rooted and will remain so as long as Verizon takes forever to release their updates.

  • Tim Schall

    Not Rooted…anymore. I was a ROM flashing addict. I spent more time flashing, re configuring, tweaking. As the OS has improved over time, I find the main reasons I rooted were going away. I bought a Razr M and I don’t regret it one bit. I still miss themes and backups and some of the cool features ROM’s gave me… but Jelly Bean is so good! I’m back to being a productive member of society. πŸ˜‰

    • RoadsterHD1

      I completely agree, my sentiments exactly.

    • I rooted and flashed the hell outta my Droid X. But now that I’ve left Verizon and using a GNex, I’m just enjoying the latest updates straight from Google.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      I used to be just like this. I remember killing an OG Droid cuz i flashed too much.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      Same here. Got tired of having to tweak and flash custom ROMs. They also became bugier the longer I had one. Droid razm m on an tiered plan with screenshot and hot spot. No need for much else.

      • Adam Metzner

        So you like paying twice for that tiered plan when you use hot spot? Yeah I wouldn’t root if I were you.

        • Chris Pinola

          there are tethering apps that don’t require root anymore http://foxfi.com/

          • donebrasko

            Doesn’t work for jellybean yet

          • Chris Pinola

            ahhh very good point, did not know that

        • boybert

          There is no more hotspot surcharge on Verizon. It’s included with tiered data.

          • Please, stop with the fact-based posting. Angry ranting against Verizon is why we are here…

    • CapnShiner

      Are you implying that people who root their Android devices are not productive members of society? o_O

      • jb

        Plenty of them are. Others, such as myself, found themselves becoming flashing addicts (not the guys in trenchcoats) and spent way too much time rooting, flashing, backing up, flashing, restoring, tweaking, flashing, restoring, patching, etc, etc, etc. It’s nice being able to use your device and just let it update automatically (I know that some custom roms are gaining this ability but direct updates from Google on my N7 seem to work right without any tweaking). I’m still rooted just because I like having access but I’m not flashing custom roms anymore.

      • Tim Schall

        No not at all…I was talking about me only (and being somewhat sarcastic).

  • BroRob

    Rooted and usually running a different ROM because I’m on Verizon and it’s the only way to have an up to date OS. I’d be 2 versions behind if I waited for Verizon’s update.

  • brando56894

    Rooted because of custom roms and full access to tweak the system and just simply because I can.

  • I have a GNex, so you it it I’m rooted.

  • Hayden7200

    Android has evolved enough for me that I don’t need the features and benefits that rooting once provided. I am thankful for the time and effort the developers put into their customizations but for me, going forward, I don’t think I will need to root my phone again.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Rooted. Now and forever.

  • Booyah

    Rooted, because I have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus. They forced my hand. And I’m thankful they did.

  • El Big CHRIS

    Rooted. THE only way to survive on VZW with a GNex

    • Mike


  • villian1998

    I’m more curious to know if people on ICS or Jelly bean are rooted….. I think the stock of these versions of the OS are pretty nice and many people probably don’t need to root.

    • WAldenIV

      Agreed. My Razr M isn’t rooted. I never felt the need to root it. My DX was rooted a couple months after I bought it.

    • LionStone

      Nope, enjoying JB with stock DNA and Nova launcher, have no need to root.

  • Alex Mosqueda

    Plain and simple I’m on Verizon

  • Roshan John

    I know I’m the minority here at DL, But I’m not rooted because
    1) I’m digging stock android 4.1 right now, and
    2) it’s almost just as easy to find apps to provide any added functionality i may crave.

    I also tried rooting once and kinda jacked up my phone.

    • TheCheapGamer

      I run stock JB ROM but still rooted.
      Droid Wall & Titanium Backup are the one things using it, well worth it though.

      • Titanium Backup was amazing! I first thought it was over hyped but the other day I made an idiot mistake and flashed the wrong Google Apps package to my Droid Razr but luckily I was still able to get in and backup things before I had to wipe and reflash my ROM (idiot me didn’t make a backup before I flashed the updated GAPPS). Titanium Backup did things i didn’t think were possible and it even saved my current session of Pirates! Showdown as well as it saved all my progress in Hill Climber!

    • Justin W

      I bricked my Bionic about 4 times over the course of a year. Each time, though, I was always able to reflash the stock rom. Once I even had to ghetto-rig a charging cord for the battery out of a USB cable because it was nearly dead (when it’s bricked, you can’t charge it via the Micro USB cable). Still, it managed to pull through.

      • brkshr

        What you experienced would be called a soft-brick. If it was truly ‘bricked’, it would have been completely done for & required internal hardware to be replaced. It’s only possible use from there on out, would be as a ‘brick’.

        • CapnShiner

          Exactly. I bricked my girlfriend’s Ally because I didn’t know the USB port on it was broken. Otherwise, it would have been a soft brick and I could have fixed it. Luckily, this was after she had already upgraded to a Bionic. She refuses to let me root it. I can’t figure out why…

  • Not rooted right now, because jsut got the dna on tuesday and waiting to see what roms my fav devs come out with before i root

  • cyraus69

    cuz of all the bloatware man !

  • Null vote: Galaxy Nexus rooted. N10 not.

  • Captain_Doug

    I root because I had an LG Ally as my first smartphone. It sucked. I thought it was awesome at first since it was my first experience with a smartphone. However this phone had a problem of always loading up the internal memory and lagging a lot. So I rooted it, threw on Velocity(rom) and overclocked it from 600mhz to 750 which was a huge jump. This made the phone way better and much more useful. I understand not rooting a phone if you’ve never had a crappy phone but the idea of getting more performance, better battery life, better radios, stock android, etc is a great thing. Also, I love cyanogenmod. I think they take stock android and make it better by adding more functionality while keeping the look the same. I love android.

  • dantespeak

    Too soon to root my Note 2.

  • I’m rooted because I own Nexus devices.

    • I feel Nexus devices (sans Verizon) are the only devices I dont need to root. the only reason I root ANY device is to make it as close to AOSP as possible.

  • Bauce40

    Rooted cause Verizon is slow with updates for my Gnex, but also rooted on my N7 because I used stickmount for extra storage for movies and such.

  • I finally rooted and now my Droid Razr feels like an entirely different phone!!! Its amazing how much freedom rooting a device gives!

  • KatsumeBlisk

    Rooted just because ROMs come rooted. I don’t really use any root apps except for Titanium Backup when I switch ROMs.

    • That’s like saying:. I never eat during the day. Except breakfast lunch and dinner. ROMing is a fundamental rooting feature based on overwiriting an entire OS..

  • EC8CH

    VZW Galaxy Nexus…. coarse I’m rooted.

    • sc0rch3d

      there was a time when i didn’t care about being rooted….then the phone booted up the first time…never looked back.

  • QQpayne

    On my nexus I root just to play around with the options I have to customize my phone to my hearts content, but generally keep it very stockish. On any other phone I root just to get to stock.

  • Greg Morgan

    Rooted of course. Otherwise I’d have to rely on VZW to provide updates and we all know that’s not a good option.

    • Mike Cox

      yup this is the #1 reason to root

    • T4rd

      Indeed. My main reason though is for tethering.

      • Greg Morgan

        That too!

      • TheDrizzle

        I thought they legally had to let you tether now.

        • Unfortunatly that only applies to customers on a limited data plan such as the family share plan or one of the personal data buckets! But what Verizon doesn’t know won’t hurt them (or at least it won’t hurt them THAT bad)!

          • Yeah, nothing says “doing the right thing” quite like stealing. Nicely played.

          • mcdonsco

            I already pay a very pretty penny for my data plan…I REFUSE to pay for it twice just so my tablet can use it every nw and then.

          • Eric

            I think they’re more concerned with the people who tether to their router and run their entire home network off their 4G connection.

          • Thats a little extreme I mean I can see if its an emergency such as durring a hurricane (we get those a lot in central florida) when the internet / cable goes out and you only have a laptop with a charged battery or a backup generator! Personally, I only use tethering for school. Its just so annoying with 1500+ students trying to access ONE wifi network thats ran by a consumer grade internet connection (I used to help out the school’s tech geek when he needed help and it seemed like every day Bright House had a hiccup). So its faster to just connect my laptop and tablet to my phone especially on 4G LTE! Not to mention I don’t have to deal with the blocked websites and firewalls the school has!

          • While I technically agree with you, the croney capitalism and wealth disparity in this country is absolutely appalling. In reality, these corporations have been robbing us blind and have enslaved us via their banks. To be honest anyone who can use a loophole with their policies, take advantage of their policies or get some value out of their services that would in SOME way measure up to the cost I don’t blame them really. I think the line is probably where they are hooking it up to and running their network with it. That’s what reps with some actual awareness have more so explicitly and consistently told me.

      • Mizo


        • Allen Byrd

          I’m rooted because with the ICS update, Sprint put a proxy on my E4GT so that I can’t use FoxFi to tether to my tablet. Also, you can’t use FoxFi with HTC phones. Therefore, some people have to root and use Wifi Tether, which is favorably more feature-packed than FoxFi.
          On top of that, I also use Adblock and sometimes some proxy apps.

          • I actually miss FoxFi. I rooted and now I just use AOKP’s built in Tethering app but it doesn’t let me view who is actively connected to the network and it doesn’t show the estimated top speeds. Oh and there isn’t the option to use the proxy mode like what FoxFi had (don’t really know if that just configures a proxy server or if it actually turns the phone into a proxy server?).

        • T4rd

          FoxFi is $7 now. Screw that when there are better free alternatives (that require root).

          • mcdonsco

            Actually, I haven’t tried foxfi, if it works of rather do that for $7 once then to risk root or pay $30/month.

    • WAldenIV

      Hopefully their fast update schedule with the new Razr line (M, HD, and HD Maxx) is an indicator of things to come. I have an unrooted M. With JB, there is really no compelling reason to root.

      • Eric Soriano

        That might be because of Google owning Motorola more than Verizon.

        • Justin W

          I think it has to do with not only Google’s new ownership, but also the fact that they are DROIDs. VZW seems to push more for their DROID line than their other non-DROID phones.

          • This statement is dead on! Verizon pushed the Droid Razr line last year more than any other device released which left devices such as the Rezound and GNexus in the cold!

          • C-Law

            Yeah I think it’s due to the DROID brand bc the galaxy s3 is a major seller for them yet they are the only network out of the big four to still have it running ics

      • Tyler

        Disagree. Just got the JB update on my HD Razr Maxx. Thanks to OTA Rootkeeper, back to rooted and have frozen about 12 bloatware apps, have real file access, and can wifi tether on my unlimited plan. Perhaps you meant no compelling reason to ROM.

        • donebrasko

          How are you wireless tethering? What app?

          • mcdonsco

            Once rooted there is a simple sql database edit you make that keeps the phone from checking to make sure your paying for mobile hot spot. No app needed, just make that edit and enable it and it works.

          • donebrasko

            So I would be able to just use the Verizon hotspot app?

    • Flashing a ROM to be more up to date doesn’t require root, the only way it comes into play is if you don’t do it manually and you let an app set up the process for you.

      • Chris Pinola

        true, but soooooo many ROMs come pre-rooted anyway

      • CapnShiner

        That is not true for all devices. Some have locked bootloaders and you have to get root first to unlock them or bypass them.

        • That’s a good point, I guess I’ve never had to deal with any device that required rooting first to bypass the bootloader.

    • br_hermon


    • cloud36426


    • so much anti Verizon hate here…I do it too…I hate them for their limiting out devices, but deal with it do to the coverage.

      • This whole site exists solely to bash Verizon. God forbid a business makes a profit.

        • owan

          God forbid a consumer to expect a little support and customer service after dropping thousands a year. Their QC process holds updates hostage for months, its ridiculous.

        • mcdonsco

          Im all businesses making a profit as a business owner myself…what I’m against is unreasonable charges

        • Has nothing to do with making a profit. It has to do with making a profit at the expense of other people via greed, corruption and all manners of evil.. see Libor scandal, wall street bail outs, outsourcing and corporate banking elite.

    • Spot on. Allows me to have 4.1.1 on my almost two year old Droid X2

    • xXAaronSXx

      Sadly this is my main reason also. I say sadly because I have a Galaxy Nexus, and should be on the current version with stock, or at least the same version as the GSM Gnex.

  • greg

    rooted because verizon sucks at updating phones.

  • I don’t know what it’s like to be not rooted.

    Edit: actually my Logitech Revue is not rooted…so I guess I somewhat know what being not rooted is like.