Haha no trying to be argumentative at all Cybertec, but you do bring up some good points regarding carrier/manufacturer lock down. Yeah it's an issue that Android users have been dealing with for years now, but like I said, there have always been workarounds. If some day that is no longer fact then users such as myself have a big decision to make; stay with an older build ROM, accept the new updates that lock down our devices, or jump ship to another OS that allows such freedoms. Considering how popular Android has become so quickly, it's within the companies' (mainly manufacturers) best interest to lock down their devices, especially with these Google Edition flagship devices showing. Well then I guess that gives me another choice in paying retail for Google Editions....
Until that day, I'll continue to look at the glass half full and enjoy what we as Android users have now. Should you choose to accept the stock experience, more power to you, it's a great user experience that I'm similarly experiencing, but for now, let me have my root access to further improve my experience.
Root is nice as I can attest from my S3, but my thinking is, is it worth it on a new device that is already running buttery smooth out of the box, yes you get to play around a bit more with Root. Like I said, I am not one against Root, heck I can't wait for the Devs to break it, and also give us an unlocked boot loader as was and is the case with the S3, the S4 still does not have an unlocked boot loader, only root access. Once they do this, and everyone is sure that any new update that enhances the device is able to be implemented by the devs including their own sauce on top, I am at the front of the line. Even with the unlocked and rooted S3, everytime a new radio or any new feature that improved the device was easy accessible and able to be implemented into any new ROM, that was and still is the beauty of it, heck I have like five different ROMS on my external Micro SD card including the stock Verizon ROM on my S3, and can switch as I please with ease.
Last edited by mike4410; 07-11-2013 at 05:10 PM.