Why You Need To Root Your Tablet
By Will765 On 29 Jul, 2011 At 02:53 PM | Categorized As News | With 36 Comments

Many people hesitate to root their android tablet, thinking it’s good enough with the stock operating system, or are afraid of bricking their device. If you follow the procedures found throughout our forum, the chances of bricking your device beyond repair are almost zero. And the advantages of a rooted tablet versus a totally stock one are many.

First, what is rooting? Basically, it is a process that gives you access to change or even replace the operating system, while allowing applications to run that need certain system and hardware rights to function. Once root is gained, a program called Superuser is usually installed, that controls which apps get root rights.  One example of an app requiring root is the popular Titanium Backup; without root access, you can’t run it. There are several file managers, like Root Explorer, which also need root access. With those managers, you can change permissions while having access to the entire file system. Apps which control overclocking, like SetCPU, don’t work without root.  ClockWorkMod, the custom recovery program, requires root.  And there are many other useful programs that also need root to run.

So why don’t tablets come rooted brand new?  Manufacturers want to have control over how their device is used.  They load it up with all kinds of bloatware that 1)slows down the OS and 2)makes you use the applications they want you to use.  Sure, you can download what you want from the market, and use that app instead.  But the system apps will still be there, often running in the background.  With memory space a concern for tablets, this also becomes a problem.  This is one reason why developers create custom roms, which again aren’t possible to install without root.

Custom roms offer many advantages over stock roms.  Generally they come with a minimal amount of installed apps, allowing the user to decide what he/she wants on their tablet.  The creators of these roms try to optimize performance, while incorporating features they believe users want.  The great thing is that with several roms available for a device, you can pick and choose the rom that suits your wants and needs.  Usually, manufacturers are pretty slow to issue updates for their OS’s.  Custom rom developers receive feedback from users and can then make changes in a relatively short time.  Often users who are capable will take a rom and tweak it to get something they want working.

The key to rooting, roms, hacking, etc. is freedom.  Although you will likely void your warranty by rooting, the US copyright office ruled in 2010 that it is legal to root your device, and install 3rd-party apps.  Would you buy a car from a company that tried to tell you where, when and how you could drive,  while selling everyone exactly the same car?  Of course not.  So why accept that behavior from tablet manufacturers?


About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years

Displaying 36 Comments
Have Your Say

  1. Lancest says:

    It just didn’t make sense to me that i couldn’t install any software i liked until i realized I needed to root. Coming from Linux it didn’t seem logical.

  2. Monte says:

    Now this is interesting. My youngest Son has an ASUS (forgot which one) that he doesn’t like (too locked down?) and he will trade for an iPad. My Wife wants an iPad also so I think I will work a deal with the kid, his ASUS for an iPad. Saves me the cost and trouble of getting a new one or a referbished one and everyone is happy.

    Then it is back to the old days of hacking an os, cool, unfortuately it is linux which I gave up on many moons ago…

    As for locking down the OS many new linux developers will give away a distrubution but when you need root access they charge for the password. Some of these guys are pretty good with the protection of SU and root that it takes a lot of time and effort to crack them too.

    Fun again (gave up on windows 8 – waste of time and if you buy it money!)

  3. I really want to know why you called this particular blog post, “Why You Need To Root Your Tablet
    - Welcome to the tabletroms.com development community”.
    No matter what I actually admired it!Many thanks,Cameron

  4. “Why You Need To Root Your Tablet – Welcome to the tabletroms.
    com development community” ended up being truly pleasurable and enlightening!

    In todays universe that’s very difficult to execute. Many thanks, Matt

  5. I really Think blog post, “Why You Need To Root Your Tablet – Welcome
    to the tabletroms.com development community” was indeed great!
    Ican’t agree with u even more! At last appears like I personallycame across a website worth browsing. Regards, Ivey

  6. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My blog has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to help prevent content from being stolen? I’d definitely appreciate

  7. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It actually used to be a entertainment account it.
    Look complicated to more brought agreeable from you!
    By the way, how can we keep in touch?

  8. Rodrigo says:

    My programmer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using
    WordPress on a variety of websites for about a year and am worried about switching
    to another platform. I have heard great things about blogengine.
    net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it?
    Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  9. Clarissa says:

    Thanks for finally talking about > Why You Need To
    Root Your Tablet – Welcome to the tabletroms.
    com development community < Loved it!

  10. Thank you for some other excellent article. The place else
    could anyone get that kind of info in such an ideal method of writing?

    I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

  11. FB Hacker says:

    Hello! I just want to give you a big thumbs up for the excellent info you have got here on this post.
    I’ll be returning to your web site for more soon.

  12. For hottest news you have to pay a visit world-wide-web
    and on world-wide-web I found this website as a most excellent web page for latest updates.

  13. Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone! Just
    wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Carry on the superb work!

  14. Your mode of describing the whole thing in this
    paragraph is actually good, all can simply understand it,
    Thanks a lot.

  15. detectomat says:

    This is very interesting, You are a very professional blogger.
    I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to searching for more of
    your excellent post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks

  16. It is not my first time to visit this web page, i am browsing
    this site dailly and obtain fastidious data from here daily.

  17. Frederic says:

    This website truly has all the information and facts I
    wanted about this subjuect and didn’t know whoo to ask.

  18. I needed to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely enjoyed every bit of it.

    I’ve got you book marked to look at new stuff you post…

  19. blog says:

    Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump out.
    Please let me know where you got your theme. Appreciate it

  20. business says:

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post!

    It’s the little changes which will make the most important
    changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  21. decor metall says:

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful &
    it helped me out a lot. I hope to give one thing again and help others such as you helped

  22. Hello, Neat post. There is an issue together with your site in internet explorer, might check this?
    IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a large part of people
    will miss your great writing because of this problem.

  23. Jannette says:

    If some one wants to be updated with latest technologies after that
    he must be pay a visit this website and be up to date every day.

  24. I know his site ooffers quality based articles and additional data,
    is there any other site which presents these kids of stuff in quality?

  25. Everything is very open with a clear description of the challenges.
    It was truly informative. Your site is useful. Thank you for sharing!

  26. I visited various blogs however the audiio feature for audio songs exiting
    at this weeb page is really marvelous.

  27. I absolutely love yoiur site.. Grea colors & theme.
    Did you build this amazing site yourself? Please reply back
    as I’m planning to create my own blog aand would like to find out where you got
    this from or what the theme is named. Many thanks!

  28. Paragraph writing is also a excitement, if you be acquainted
    with afterward you can write otherwise it is difficult to write.

  29. Sherryl says:

    Hi there it’s me, I am also visiting this website on a regular
    basis, this web page is actually fastidious and the visitors are really sharing
    fastidious thoughts.

  30. UK says:

    Piece of writing writing is also a excitement, if you be familiar with
    afterward you can write or else it is difficult to write.

  31. playstore says:

    Great web site. Lots of useful information here. I’m sending it to a few friends ans additionally sharing in delicious.

    And certainly, thank you on your sweat!

  32. This might prove difficult ‘ while the most obvious place to find one
    might be Facebook itself, they provide Like and Recommend buttons only.
    Reunion Rescue is meeting with a legal team tomorrow to begin litigation to have Lu
    - Lu returned to safety. And they can’t help themselves either if they
    believe they are in a “complicated” situation they can’t change.

  33. My brother suggested I might like this blog. He used to be totally right.
    This submit truly made my day. You cann’t believe simply how much time I had spent for this info!
    Thank you!

  34. Devon says:

    I know this site offers quality dependent articles or reviews and
    additional stuff, is there any other web site which provides these information in quality?

  35. I got this web page from my pal who told me about this site
    and at the moment this time I am visiting this site and reading very informative articles at this

  36. You ought to take part in a contest for one of the best sites on the internet.
    I am going to highly recommend this site!

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>