Rooting an Android phone enables administrative capabilities to your smartphone. You become a superuser and are able to take full advantage of the Linux-based operating system. However, is rooting for you?
Many tech savvy people would say yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Rooting your phone will void any manufacturers warranty if the device ever had to be sent in for repairs. To avoid that, there are ways to reset your phone to factory settings. If you do not own a new phone, such as a refurbished cell phone, the warranty may be of no issue.
Second, if the rooting process does not fully, and correctly, complete, it may damage the phones software. Reseting the phone back to factory settings will erase all previously installed data and applications. A good thing to remember to do is to back up your new or refurbished cell phone before rooting.
So, for reasons that you would not want to void a new warranty, lets say you bought a refurbished cell phone. One difference between rooting an Android phone and jailbreaking an iPhone is that you are able to still view all apps (for rooted and unrooted operating systems) in the Android Market. Therefore, you can check out most of the apps before having to make any major rooting decisions.
Rooting an Android device allows you more control over the hardware parts and thus, paves way for possibilities to overclock the CPU enabling the phone to perform faster. Your smartphone can also perform better from rooting due to the capability of upgrading to faster file systems, and uninstalling bloatware that many phone makers place overtop of the standard operating system (example: MotoBlur). Through some apps and tweaking of settings, battery life can also be extended much beyond a standard unrooted Android new or refurbished cell phone.
Customized user interfaces are available for rooted Android phones. Depending on what you are looking for, there are several options available. Better usability and speed, or looking for the fastest way to get ahold of the newest Android OS update, and more.
Furthermore, a rooted new or refurbished cell phone also overs a vast amount of additional apps. A few examples of the apps available include the ability to take screenshots of your device; not all Android devices have this feature as a standard. Rooting your smartphone enables you to be able to block phone numbers at the system level meaning the phone will not even ring. If you lose your cell phone, you have the power to lock, wipe, and even spy on the person who may have stolen or found it. Other rooted apps include the ability to mount a PS3 controller, for the gamers out there, and much, much more.
In the end, it comes down to personal preference if rooting your Android-powered new or refurbished cell phone is something that will be beneficial to you. For beginners to experts, there are several guides and videos that properly show, step by step, how to root specific Android devices.