Why Root: Advantages & Disadvantages?
Why did I root (and unlock) my phone? Great question, in short, I wanted to be able to customize my phone anyway I want, no limitations. But, it’s not all fun and games, because, depending on what you do with your phone after obtaining root access, it is possible to ruin the performance of the phone, and/or brick the device altogether. So here are some reasons why it may, or may not be worth it to root and customize your phone. Keep in mind, be careful what software you flash, and make sure its the right software for your phone.
First and foremost, with root access and an unlocked bootloader, you now have an infinite amount of customization options, from launchers, ROMs, themes to custom kernels. Another huge advantage is the ability to use root apps from the Play Store to do things like, adjust CPU and display setting, uninstall system apps, flash software, etc. Finally, custom software almost always performs better in every way than stock software, and that is because most custom ROMs for example, are bloatware free, no excess stuff taking up space. The software and hardware on custom ROMs are also usually better optimized, leading to more fluidity, which is always a plus. This is also due to the fact that custom ROMs get updated on a daily to weekly basis, compared to stock software.
The obvious disadvantage is the chance to brick your device if the wrong software gets flashed, trust me, I’ve done this before. I flashed a GSM ROM to a CDMA phone, I couldn’t get a signal and apps force closed all the time…so don’t make the same mistake! The other big issue with customizing your device after rooting is, there will almost always be bugs, most ROMs and mods are unstable in one way or another, and usually don’t work with all devices. At some point you will come upon bugs in custom software, usually more so than in stock software. So if you are going to heavily customize your phone, with ROMs, kernels and mods, be ready for beta level software, in some cases. Now I am not saying that all custom software is unstable, you’re just on your own more when it comes to finding the software you want to use, and deciding whether it is stable enough for your device. Not so much a disadvantage, and more of an annoyance, is the constant backing up/restoring or whipping all data that has to be done in order to install different custom ROMs and mods, so prier data doesn’t get corrupted during flashing. That’s really about all for major issues involved with rooting and customization, the rest are small and you will encounter them yourself if and when you come to the dark side of Android, so to speak.
Rooting and customization isn’t for a lot of people, but I would suggest everyone try it at least once, its worth the experience to see what you can really do with an open source OS. That’s the beauty of the big green robot, is you have the option to do whatever you want with the software, because its open, and you can change it to suit your needs. But, as I said before, pay attention to what you flash to on the device, make sure the software is for your specific model of phone, it’s really easy to brick your phone if you don’t know what you are doing. In my opinion as long as you’re cautious and obtain the knowledge needed to root, unlock and customize your specific device(s), then you should go give it a try! It’s really a mind blowing experience to realize what you can really do with the mini computer in your pocket. Well if you do decide to root, then good luck, and let us know what you think about it in the comments. Do you plan on rooting your device, or have you already?