Having the same problem, personally I find very "crappy" so i disable "auto" all the time, during night i am turning the brightness at lowest setting (allmost).. It's very annoying because some manufacturers have a proper smooth auto brightness but Samsung no, it's like a wallswitch killing your eyes
I had this problem and it drove me insane for a frkn week. It was this thing that esfilexplorer enabled all on its own. For me it wasn't visible until you swiped up from the bottom right corner. It popped up and lets you choose different options.
Yes, a smart phone is a computer. But there are still a lot of people out there, who use their phone as a phone, and do not put it at risk like so many others, and have no need for a firewall. Ive never had one, never had a need for one. Plus, how often as Linux touted as "no need for a firewall, due to its design". While it didnt hurt to have one, it wasnt needed. The truth is, a very high percentage of people, have no need for a fire wall.
As far as needing root/... in the older days before Android got smarter, it was nice to root to get want of unwanted bloatware. Now, since Android is better, battery life is better.... between Greenify and PDP I take care of apps I dont want...... I have no need for root, and the risk that comes with it. My Verizon Note 4 I use currently, is the first phone in ages I havent rooted, and I like it that way. I havent wasted a single minute trying to root my phone, that I could have spent doing more productive things
I recently got my Note 4 and it's by far the best device I've ever owned.
I started this thread because I decided not to root the phone -at least for now. Even though, I've been rooting and heavily modding all my phones in the past.
My reasons are:
I know that you can flash a stock firmware before handing it to service and that KNOX counter doesn't matter (I've had my Note 10.1 with a tripped counter repaired twice under warranty). However, I'd like for once to be able to just send my phone to service if need be, without the extra hassle of concealing the tweaking I've done.
I know that rooting doesn't affect the S-Pen functionality, however, the use of the Pen makes custom ROMS such as AOSP and CM useless to me. I actually use the S-Pen heavily and it was one of the reasons I bought the phone. There are of course custom TW ROMS but to be honest, and with no intention to offend anyone, they are not my cup of tea.
This one will seem weird to many, but it's my personal experience. This is the 4th Samsung device I own (SGS3, SGS4, Note 10.1, Note 4) and with the previous three I noticed that when I rooted and enthusiastically started "debloating", things started to turn unstable. And I have never, ever noticed any improvement in battery life. I know it sounds odd, but it is true to me. The Note 4 gives you the option to disable a lot of preinstalled apps anyway.
I want to get the update that was meant for my region via OTA, no cables necessary. Plus I believe that all the annoyances I rectified with root (mainly theming, such as Tinted Statusbar) will be solved in Lollipop. Again, that's my opinion and personal taste.
Now do I miss root? Hell, yeah! Why?
1. ADS ADS ADS...
Ads everywhere! I have been paying for my apps and I am not using pirated software at all. And I gladly donate/pay for ads to be removed and premium features for apps I really love. However, there are apps that either don't offer an a ad-free option or they charge an insane amount for ad removal. I know developers need to make revenue, but there's nothing uglier than an ad banner. Seriously.
2. Tinted statusbar.
And generally Xposed.
3. Call recording.
I liked the native call recording function of the TW dialer, no app comes close from what I've seen.
I assume you already know this and I usually leave this to others but still has to be said:
You have come to a "modification and development" site basically for "rooters and modders" and are pitching why you shouldn't root and all the lovely "work-a-rounds" to do so.
This is stuff better suited elsewhere but to each their own I guess.. We surprisingly see enough of it here already I suppose.
I never mind the debate though!
It's meant for people who already made the decision not to, providing them with solutions and workarounds. And yes, they are lovely! And they are apps and mods that developers created. Hence, completely appropriate for a place like this.