Weekend Open Forum: Do you jailbreak/root your smartphone?

By Jos · 62 replies
Jan 20, 2012
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  1. Today a hacker team known as "greenpois0n" released the first working untethered Jailbreak for Apple devices powered by the A5 processor, namely the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. While the…

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  2. I don't have a smartphone.
  3. yes. just applied the jailbreak to iphone 4s and ipad 2. reason - i use SBSettings so I get easy access to switches that are normally buried under multiple screens in ios. things like turning off wifi, blue-tooth, etc. on the iphone 4s specially, i can now turn off 3g and still have data enabled so I don't have to recharge the phone's battery too often. this particular feature was removed in the iphone 4s under ios5+.
  4. Yes, I do.
  5. Afroaggie

    Afroaggie TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I have done my iPhone 3G and my touchpad because it just gives a more personal experience. But I haven't done my iPhone 4 because they are still pushing updates to it. But when the updates no longer include this model I will do it as well :p The jailbreaking community is full of very talented individuals that are happy to share, and that is a very rare thing nowadays.
  6. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    I cant because i have an HTC EVO 4G+, its only available in Korea. i haven't found a way to Root it yet.
  7. I have rooted and modded my Android phone, because Gingerbread is not officially available for my handset. And, I'm happy with the result even though it took a lot of work to get it done.

    However, I decided to use my iPad as is since iOS looks and feels well-finished and polished. I haven't got reasons to jailbreak it yet.
  8. jmet

    jmet TS Rookie

    Android - Rooted

    I root all my Android phones to get rid of the bloatware and add wireless tethering capabilities....however, I will more than likely get the iPhone 5 when it is released and jailbreak it...
  9. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    I have both my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Sprint E4GT rooted and I wouldnt have it any other way. I wish I could jailbreak my ipad and iphone, but they are for work so I cannot do that :( I miss a lot of the features with SBSettings...
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    I've done it to my 3GS in the past but it doesn't really benefit me enough for the additional effort required so I don't bother anymore.
  11. i currently have a rooted DROID 3, but when i did have my droid 2 it was rooted for 3 reasons.
    1. a rooted app allowed me to take screen shots
    2. making WiFi hotspots without being charged (no longer possible with gingerbread update)
    3. underclock/overclock the CPU in an effort to save a VERY quickly draining battery, and also give me a little boost when gaming

    in my opinon, these 3 are very good reasons to root my device, which is currently, but only used for screen shots. Sadly motorola did a good job of leaving out a basic feature they could probably have easier added.

    free WiFi hotspots, i can understand why they woulnd't want this. but my goodness! as if the bill isn't expensive enough.

    though rooting voids the warranty, A simple unroot make it like it never happened =]
  12. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 162   +15

    rooted my droid x2 to remove bloaware and use superuser apps. once I did I finally felt like I owned a smart phone.
  13. Justgivemeaname

    Justgivemeaname TS Rookie Posts: 36

    I've been considering rooting my android but I don't know as much about phones as I do about computers so I would have to research how to do it before I even tried it. Currently running froyo and sometimes its slower than you would think is possible.
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Justgivemeaname it's a very very very simple process, you first backup your user data and apps, then download an application to server your model and... that's pretty much it.

    Yup, mine is rooted. Not because I wanted to put a mod, mainly for superuser aplications.
  15. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Nope, can't be bothered though I have had to wipe and reload my phone.
  16. HTC Incredible with Cyanogenmod 7.1. It's great!
  17. I would try XDA if I were you. Ask a question or they already might have something developed for your phone. Cheers
  18. trparky

    trparky TS Addict Posts: 246   +115

    Yep... rooted my Android. When I buy my next Android phone the question definitely will be "Can I root it? If not, I don't want it!"
  19. No i don't root.
    Not found any reason to
    There is no app that i need to root for

    So nop.. there is nothing that ( atm ) i need my cell or Tab to do that i need too root 4
    My droid is open enough for me too..... live whit as is

    Now, my friends iPh......... thats another story
  20. Justgivemeaname

    Justgivemeaname TS Rookie Posts: 36

    I may be wrong, and if i am please feel free to correct me, but I was looking up how to root my android and from what i read, any android phone can be rooted.
  21. I bought a Galaxy S that had been rooted and reset to factory default for the sale. It now has issues, such as a black screen (need to remove battery to reset), the internet not working (need to reboot) and the phone just behaving weird in general. I would recommend NOT rooting your phone.
  22. Nope, My TracFone works just fine...thanks.

    OUTLAWXXX TS Rookie Posts: 51

    LG Optimus S, my first android phone.
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I haven't, but I thought about doing it on my SGS (which I discarded recently) but figured out that it was not worth the effort.
  25. nah, i have never owned any smartphone.

    i'm still using my nokia 7210 and nokia 5320 xm though i'm looking to purchase one of the cheapest smartphones out there, samsung galaxy y, currently sold at about 120$ in a local retailer.

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