This is a question many of you will be having in your minds when you came across the concept of rooting your android devices. But then the next thought that must have had struck you is, which is better, the stock, non-rooted device or the rooted one? We hope you have not lost any of your sleep due to this issue, so make matters simple, we have brought to you a simple explanation of what rooting is and what is the difference in the rooted and non-rooted devices. Also some pros and cons are also provided for you to make life a bit simple for you while deciding.
What is Rooting?
Your Android devices come from an OEM or a service provider with certain features packed in it. But under the lieu of certain features and security, many functions are kept locked and hence customization options are pretty limited to only the UI and not the entire minute details of the phone. So when you root the device, you get the complete control of the device in your hand and hence you can then customize each and everything; from the phones’ start screen to the launcher, etc.
Why Root Devices?
Rooting the devices does not cause the phone to react differently. It still functions the exact same way a phone has to react. But the difference being, the customizations. For a basic user who uses the phone for his communication purposes, the phone either rooted or not makes absolutely no difference. But for a proper geek who loves playing with technology, they can gain root access to the phone and do whatever they want. Want rooting provides the most basic and pure Android experience without any additional overlays which means you also get the latest android updates before all others when you have a rooted phone. (You do have to acquire the ROM and install it manually, there is no OTA updates for rooted devices).
Rooted or Non Rooted
The difference in the rooted and non-rooted device is only so much, that the developer and customization options on offer on a rooted device are just overwhelming. So much so that for example, if you take a Moto G, it has the Moto theme and the Moto Animation during start up. With root access you can make that go away, change the entire theme of the phone from the basic core and also you can even put a video/animation of you playing with a dog at startup. But that takes loads of patience to learn and do it without actually screwing up. Secondly, when you buy the phone from any seller, the manufacturing company is responsible for any malfunctioning on the phone as they vouch for it and its content. But rooting the phone means bidding adieu to your warranties and schemes for that matter. (Though you can always restore the backup if you have taken one before rooting and get your phone repaired under warranty; fail-safe alert!)
Pros of Rooted:
- Huge amount of customization.
- Loads of apps availability from third party app stores.
- Custom ROMs.
- Latest Android updates.
- Satisfaction of the Geeky mind.
Cons of Rooted:
- Loss of warranty.
- High chances of bricking your phone.
- Takes loads of time to learn to root and play with it.
- Security risk.
- Time consuming process.
So unless you are a serious geek who knows how to root the phone properly, only then go for it and try not to brick it. For all others, your phone is better non-rooted as it generally makes no big difference and your WhatsApp and candy crush works just as well on any of the phones.