rooting is similar to jailbreaking on something such as an iphone. it allows the user to tweak the limitations of the phone set by the carrier or manufacture. ive never tried doing it and i dont want to cuz i dont wanna destroy my phone lol.
It gives you the same type of control as your berry to gain access to all parts of your phone. It opens you up to more apps themes and roms. When you first do it you won't be impressed but one you stay messing around you will fall in love with your phone all over again
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Welcome! I came over from the Palm Pre and patched the hell out of it because it had to be done, so much was missing from that phone. The Evo has all of those things and more. I've found no need to root. Plus if you go over to the forum section regarding hacking and rooting there are so many "ive bricked my phone, help!" Threads it will kind of freak you out. Well, it freaked me out, so no need really as far as I'm concerned !
I just got my EVO a few weeks ago and I rooted it yesterday. Was the easiest thing ever. I used unrevoked 3 from the front page of androidcentral. I literally just dl'd it, plugged in my phone and let it run. Super simple and easy. I then installed a rom from my phone using Rom Manager Pro from the market. I don't think it could have gotten any easier.
So its my understanding that rooting is easy. But is the warranty voided if you do?
Yes you have most definitely voided your warranty. Most of the time if you can flash back to a Sprint ROM and you still have the issue you can get the device replaced under the warranty but if you take a rooted device in to a Sprint service center for repair or replacement they have the rite to refuse to fix it.