And yes, I am very much having fun. I enjoy engaging in intellectual conversation, something that is oh so woefully absent on these here internets for the most part (not really point at the community of these forums)
First off I just want to say thank you for posting these instructions. I have a GN reserved at the local VZW store and thanks to this thread I'll have an unlocked bootloader tomorrow evening without much trouble.
I rooted my D2 the "old fashioned way" and I think that helps in a sense to realize the gravity of what you're doing with the phone. After you go through that process it is no longer just a little old phone, it's yours, if that makes any sense. I could have one-clicked it but I wanted to know the process in more depth because that fosters a deeper understanding of what you're doing. Since I also make a hobby of modifying cars, I would relate it to someone building their own racecar vs taking it to a shop, ordering from a menu and getting the end result without actually doing anything other than coming up with the money to pay for what you wind up with. For me, I took great satisfaction from the fact that I was able to root it myself and didn't need someone else to write a script to have what I ended up with. Yes, I followed a tutorial but just like tonight, it's not just following a recipe like you're making a chocolate cake, you still have to figure things out on your own and put it all together to make it work in the end.
I'm rambling but I guess my point is that I like to see that I accomplished something without having someone else do every bit of the work for me. Yea, I didn't write the instructions and I wouldn't have been able to do what I did without your help, but is that really as easy as ordering up an app from the market? Not really.
Anyway, thanks again for the post, it was immensely helpful and hopefully tomorrow I can check back on this thread from my VZW GN :)
Since the following two quotes from the OP seem to disagree, I would like to know if the phone is rooted after these procedures. Can it run Titanium Backup and/or Wireless Tether?
-Can I still receive OTA updates after unlocking the bootloader?
-Answer: Yes. Your phone really does not change at all when you unlock the bootloader. You will still receive updates from Google. Now, if you start putting on custom recoveries and rooting, you may run into issues with receiving OTA updates. The good news is that Google usually releases the system image files for their Nexus phones which makes it a breeze to go back to stock for updates.
5. Once it is done, you have just reflashed the recovery image and it will now stick. You are all done! You have an unlocked bootloader, a custom recovery image, and root access!