I've recently learned that the only way to be able to truly customize my phone is through rooting it. However this is a process Im not so familiar with and something I've heard can end up badly. Now I've watched a couple of video's on youtube about what to do and how to do it. But I have one major question. In each video I seem to watch, none of them are the developer edition. I remember reading, before purchasing the phone, that the developer edition came with an unlocked bootloader? Of which I am not certain as to what that is. But each time, in the videos, they go to the HTCdev website to request the bootloader to be unlocked or something of the sort. I also read somewhere by doing that, they are able to cross-reference the fact you've rooted your phone and deny complete warranty replacements. That is assuming you did root your phone in the end. My main concern is losing this warranty, I do not wish to void it at all, and by registering that you have kind of puts me off rooting my device. But then I began thinking, my bootloader is already unlocked, does this mean I don't have to register with that HTCdev website? and will this mean I can root it without them knowing, so I am then able to restore it (Of which i will need to learn) and get it replaced if something is to happen to my phone?
I know there are a lot of questions involved in this post! Sorry if i'm asking ridiculous things, but I am new to this kind of stuff!