I found out about rooting just yesterday. Since I really don't want to spend a lot of time troubleshooting the phone, I had a few questions to figure out whether I should root or not:
- Will rooting my phone be overall worth it? Will I have to troubleshoot it a lot as a result? It works well now.
- How will the updates work in the future? For example, I won't have to worry about Android 2.2 because it will be included in Cyanogen? Will my phone notify me when it's time to update?
- This one is important: are there any instructions that tell me how to backup my current phone so that I can restore it to the original condition in case something happens?
- Is Cyanogen accepted to be the best for rooting?
- Will all my applications become uninstalled? Will anything else change besides my access level? I read some conflicting into on this.
- Can you think of any disadvantages to rooting (other than possible voiding of warranty if you can't hide it)?
- Do you guys have a list in this forum as to which applications are bloatware and should be removed (and are safe to remove)? I don't know anything about Android, so I have no idea
- And finally, is there a thread/list where all the most important/useful applications that should be installed after rooting are listed? I know titanium backup is one. I couldn't understand what BusyBox does. So a list with explanations would be great.
I haven't liked the battery life of this phone and I am hoping that after removing all the bloatware from it that issue might be fixed as well. My phone starts with 160M+ memory. Even though I keep killing open applications, the performance keeps dropping over time until I can't get more memory beyond ~90M. This is when I have to shut down the phone and turn back on. Other than tethering, my main reason for rooting is 1.performance gain and 2.battery life extension.
Thanks for all the help. A lot of talented people on this forum.