Originally Posted by frenchie007
I've safestrapped a rooted 4.4.2 rom on my AT&T locked moto x for quite some time and I can't see any real downsides.
I even had a look to see if it's possible to flash non-stock roms with it and from what I understand it's totally possible.
So my question is: What's the point of unlocking the bootloader on non-DE devices (with, say, the chinese middleman method, which costs about 40-50$), when you can simply bypass the protected /system directory by using safestrap?
If I understand though, the only real limitation is that we have to wait for the sbf of the newer versions of android to be released for our specific device, in order to flash the correct kernels and all. I think.
Please correct my statements as they may be wrong, and thanks for your replies!
Once you have updated your CORE SOFTWARE (and bootloader) to 4.4.2, safestrap is useless. The 4.4.2 bootloader is impervious to known write-protect-disable exploits.
Many people updated to 4.4.2 without reading the consequences and now BL unlock is the ONLY method to achieve Root AND Write-protect-disable.
Additionally, the process is much more streamlined and far less complicated than installing and configuring safestrap. Simply unlock, and flash TWRP. Done.
Also, non-stock-based ROMS (AFAIK) cannot be used with safestrap because as I understand, it uses an "overlay" technique which would not work on a non-stock-based ROM.