Originally Posted by bftb0
My lame 4 year old Android finally died (well, actually more like the touch screen went epileptic), and I'm going to pick up a Note 3 from a VZW store in a couple hours.
(Even more insane, I'm going to drop my month-to-month unlimited data plan for the carrier subsidy and re-up with BigRed for 2 years - but that's a topic for another time)
Anyway, what I wanted to ask was this: is there any reason that I should insist that the VZW rep just leave the phone in the box rather than activating it in the store (and risking an OTA update)?
I'm comfortable doing the activation later if there is a credible reason to take the phone home and check it's bootloader version info before I boot it normally for the first time. (I suspect that the Note 3 inventories are moving at a good clip, so a unit bought from a VZW store might have recent firmware anyway).
Apologies for the lame question; I had 4 candidate phones in mind (Sammy S4, LG G2, HTC One) and didn't have much time to become an expert in the current state of affairs about rooting all of them... other than to note that Samsung has recently become much more restrictive in the past couple of months (e.g. with the S4/Knox stuff).
My reccomendation is this 1. Stay far away from the Smartwatch they will try and sell you 2. Ignore their offered Insurion Warantee, and go with Square Trade (Just Google it)
No issues with rooting and custom ROM's are doable. Gopher it man!
FKA - Shenkoa
Samsung Galaxy S5 (AT&T)
ROM - Rooted Stock 4.4.2
Kernel - Stock
Recovery - Stock
Retired - Samsung Galaxy Note III (T-Mobile) Samsung Galaxy Note III (VRZ), Samsung Galaxy S4 (VRZ), Samsung Galaxy Note ll (VRZ), Samsung Galaxy S3 (TMOB), Google Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus (TMOB), HTC Sensation 4G (TMOB), Samsung Vibrant (TMOB), Apple iPad, Apple iPhone 3GS (TMOB), BlackBerry Pearl Flip (TMOB), Palm Treo 700 (TMOB)