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Originally Posted by Rody2k6
I'm used to jailbreaking iPhone and doing all that other techie ****, but I would like to know (as I never owned an Android before, and now I do with my Nexus 7) are there dangers to rooting it? (like bricking it?)Thanks
LOL... I don't know if I'd consider a jail break technical or techie as 90% of it is to use pirated apps, but anytime you mess with firmware you have a chance of bricking. The chances are pretty minimal, to almost non-existent, however if you follow the steps laid out & stick to firmware & kernel mods published by longtime member or recognized developers that are in good standing. The status of RD or RC are not post based & are decided upon by a group of moderators & are carefully reviewed & considered. This is not a blog where just anything can be posted. If there are issues in something that gets up'd to XDA, it almost always gets caught pretty quickly & is removed. That's not to say you don't have to take some responsibility & use discretion when making decisions, but you can feel pretty comfortable knowing that there isn't a bunch of garbage posted at XDA, especially in the high count threads.
I hate flashy roms & usually build my own everything that is close to stock. In this case however, I used Moles PA & it is one of those few times where it fits all my needs & is just plain awesome. Just read thru threads that interest you. You will get an idea pretty quickly about who knows there stuff & is good about updating & supporting their releases. Some people keep releasing new roms that are cool, but are never finished, they never have a final version because new stuff is more important to the cook than stability. This happens to be one of those rare times when you find great new features & incremental stability built on an already pretty stable base. Mole's PA rom is really great & you won't see too many posts from me with this much praise.
Just a word on stability, Kernels can greatly affect stability & make a near perfect rom seem horribly unstable. This is the case with PA. Use the stock Kernel or check out a few others. There are a few kernels out there that tout all these great features, but the kill the near perfect experience of PA because of bugs or other compatibility issues. Nothing that is likely to brick your device, but if you are using the wrong kernel, you may incorrectly come to the conclusion that the PA rom has serious issues. There are at least two kernels out there that cause stability issues with this rom, but when using the stock kernel (& one or two of the others I tried) it is just great.
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