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Which is Better: Rooted or Unrooted Android?

Eric Ravenscraft , Gawker Media

Which is Better: Rooted or Unrooted Android?

From the early days of Android, it's been assumed that rooting your Android phone is clearly better. Some might argue that it isn't as necessary as it once was. So, who's right?

Whether or not being rooted matters obviously depends on your needs and preferences. Some of you may have critical features you can only get with root access, like access to the newest versions of Android. Others may want a phone on Verizon (zing). Is it better to live free and open in the wonderland of root access, or are warranties, (slightly more) security, and access to more phones/networks without worrying about locked bootloaders worth it?

What We're Looking For

Yep, it's another flame war, fellow life hackers. Slip into your fireproof gear, dive into the discussions below, and let us know what you think. Our hope is that when we sift through the ashes, we'll get a reasonable look at both sides of the argument. Just keep in mind that we're using the term "flame war" a little tongue-in-cheek: we'll actually be looking for the polite, well-reasoned, and well-articulated arguments to feature in our follow-up.

Photo by Zorana Matijasevic (Shutterstock).

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