After much research and consideration, I got my first Android phone today, the Droid 2, and I love it! I got about two hours of use from the charge in the battery from the store, surprisingly, and it died just as I pulled in my driveway. It's on the charger now. So, I guess I'm curious as to how I should best get started. What are some essential apps? What are the main benefits of rooting? Should a newbie like me even try to root yet? Also, a friend of mine said that tethering was possible via USB without paying the extra fee, but the sales guy at Verizon said that was not possible. Was my friend misinformed, or was the salesperson lying?