First off I love my GNex; it's a great phone and works well for me. It's also stock and running 4.0.4 and that update made this phone rock in my opinion. I also have a WiFi Xoom and seeing 4.1.1 on it makes me want it on my GNex. Inevitably complaints about updates from VZW get comments from people that say "root" and that generally leads to "that's what this phone was made for". So I thought I'd talk to why I personally haven't rooted my GNex.
Now with all that said will I ever try rooting? It's very likely. If I were to get a replacement GNex I would seriously have to think about at least unlocking the bootloader first off so I had an easier option to root down the road if I chose too (I wish I would have understood what that meant when I bought my phone and how easy it was as I would now do it first thing). Right now unlocking my bootloader means reseting my phone and losing all my music etc. Playlists too (though I'm hoping I can back them up from PowerAMP and not have to create them again).
- I've never rooted a phone. Big learning curve and it's a bit scary. What if my hardware goes bad and I'm stuck with a brick and no longer have a warranty. I have the protection plan and would hate to lose out on a cheaper replacement if something happens. Up to this point EVERY phone I've owned has had to be replaced at some point. I will also say that my GNex has lasted longer than any phone I've owned.
- I did some research on rooting and I think I'm technically inclined enough to do it successfully.
- I actually like the stock experience. Sure I might enjoy a custom ROM even more and the geek in me wonders what more this phone can do. But the stock experience gets me the functionality I want/need.
- There are lots of ROM's to choose from, and lots of variations of radio's etc. I'm not sure I want to bounce around all off those options to find the one that works for me.