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    The REAL benefits of root at this point?

    So, I had the D1 and rooted it/rom'd it/flashed it/themed it over and over again. I bought the GNex on release date because I was really excited about the potential it had just like the D1 did back in the day. I tried the WUG approach and my phone was just not cooperating, can't unlock/root it. My question is this: What are the REAL, MAJOR benefits of rooting right now? Don't get me wrong, I'm SURE in the pretty near future there will be some real steps made in this endeavor, but right now, what are they?

    Obviously wireless tethering and overclocking, although as far as I know, you can't really OC the GNex too much right now, heck I had the D1 up to 1.25 regularly. Theming I'm sure is something being done right now. Battery life extension tools may be something, but other than that, what's the BIG appeal right now?
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    Root applications, undervolting, ROMs, custom kernels, custom recovery for backups. The usual. The phone runs great out of the box, but who doesn't want to make something that's great better?

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    Changed the auto-brightness to eliminate the grainy screen, installed a LV kernel for better battery life, flashed the latest radios for better 4G to 3G, installed a 4G toggle, controls in the notification menu and the list could go on. But I guess the most important feature is the capability to make a backup of your system.
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    Look through the dev, roms, kernal, theme, and this thread and I think you will find out your answer.


    Besides fully customized roms with completely different UI's (not sure why you'd want that since ICS is beautiful as is. And MIUI might actually have a rom out), there is a heck of a lot to be done to the phone after root.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokiedabong View Post
    Changed the auto-brightness to eliminate the grainy screen, installed a LV kernel for better battery life, flashed the latest radios for better 4G to 3G, installed a 4G toggle, controls in the notification menu and the list could go on. But I guess the most important feature is the capability to make a backup of your system.
    How'd you get rid of the grainy screen? That would be awesome.

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    I download Bigxie's rom and find the battery life to be better and it has good mods, even though none are UI enhancements. As far as overclocking goes, you don't really need it. This rom has it included up to 1350 mhz but I'm fine at 1200.
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    Having a built in recovery because the phones unlocked is the biggest thing for me. If I screw something up I can just do a battery pull, hold the buttons and then select recovery mode.. fix issue an reboot.. no sweat.
    WHen the bootloaded is locked, like on my Bionic, you can have a custom recovery but it cant be "hardwired" in. Its an app. So while you can boot into it and change stuff, if you hose the phone you have to get the handy old RSD out and flash an fxz. Then reactivate and download your apps. Root the phone again and then install recovery and boot into it and install the backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xkape View Post
    Having a built in recovery because the phones unlocked is the biggest thing for me. If I screw something up I can just do a battery pull, hold the buttons and then select recovery mode.. fix issue an reboot.. no sweat.
    WHen the bootloaded is locked, like on my Bionic, you can have a custom recovery but it cant be "hardwired" in. Its an app. So while you can boot into it and change stuff, if you hose the phone you have to get the handy old RSD out and flash an fxz. Then reactivate and download your apps. Root the phone again and then install recovery and boot into it and install the backup.
    Bleh, silly Moto! Dont miss that! My favorite root app is AdFree ad blocker. I forgot how much I liked the ad blocking during the short time my Nexus was not rooted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgyberg View Post
    Bleh, silly Moto! Dont miss that! My favorite root app is AdFree ad blocker. I forgot how much I liked the ad blocking during the short time my Nexus was not rooted!
    Ad blocker is a MUST!!! I use Rom Toolbox it has an ad blocker in its arsenal
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    Quote Originally Posted by poooookah78 View Post
    So, I had the D1 and rooted it/rom'd it/flashed it/themed it over and over again. I bought the GNex on release date because I was really excited about the potential it had just like the D1 did back in the day. I tried the WUG approach and my phone was just not cooperating, can't unlock/root it. My question is this: What are the REAL, MAJOR benefits of rooting right now? Don't get me wrong, I'm SURE in the pretty near future there will be some real steps made in this endeavor, but right now, what are they?

    Obviously wireless tethering and overclocking, although as far as I know, you can't really OC the GNex too much right now, heck I had the D1 up to 1.25 regularly. Theming I'm sure is something being done right now. Battery life extension tools may be something, but other than that, what's the BIG appeal right now?
    The 'real' benefits of rooting you really must decide for yourself. See my sig at least for apps I take advantage of root.
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