Well I was just telling a coworker I think the benefits are removing unwanted apps, being able to use apps that require root access, and the ability to add themes and non-stock software.
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Be aware, if you root that phone you may have a problem being able to get the latest updates from Verizon or the manufacturer. No issue with rooting the phone, that is your decision, but be aware that if you remove "stock" apps you will probably not be able to apply the latest update. Recommendation if you root...rather than removing apps just rename them and move them to your sd card. That way you can easily put the phone back to "stock" condition by returning them to their original name and return the phone back to an unrooted condition before trying to install an update. You can then go back to root.What are the benefits of rooting this device?
You're probably better off. You can do a lot more to FUBAR your phone when rooted then when not.
Some people root to gain specific functionality but most do it just for fun and hacking. It's like a hobby. The average person needs a phone as a means to accomplish other things. For many of those who root, the phone itself becomes the accomplishment. dancedroid