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Root or not root - ROMS and other stuff
I've always unlocked and rooted my phones and used custom roms since I switched to Android a few years ago. But, now that I've got this GS3 I'm having some second thoughts and decided to post here a few of my issues and see what others take on them are.
I'm actually pretty happy with the S3 the way it is and my main reason for rooting this phone is to be able to use some of the tools that I've become used to such as Root Explorer and Titanium Backup and a couple of others and to be able to do nandroid backups using TWRP. I've been reading some of the stickied threads here and they are very confusing because some of them were started before the unlock tool came out. So, my first issue is, what do I use if I want to root this phone? What tool if I want to both root and unlock this phone? That being said I also want to make sure that the flash counter does not get incremented in case this phone needs to be returned. And, speaking of returns, once this phone is rooted and possibly unlocked, it is possible to return it to stock in case of a repair return or replacement?
The other thing that has me bothered is that one thing I've found with being a rom flasher is that as roms are pushed out, more and more people demand more and more features and as the developers add those features, things seem to start breaking here and there and I'm just tired of fighting those issues. I like Jelly Bean but I don't see many JB roms for the S3 and I'm not interested in being a guinea pig or working with beta roms that have known issues, I'm tired of issues. The other thing that really ticks me off is that developers constantly see this need to have their fingerprints all over my phone in terms of boot animations, pink unicorns and removing wallpapers and substituting their own stuff that they (and others) think are "kewl".
All I want to end up with is a phone that runs well and that I can add the apps that I want and use but without all the stuff that others think I should have on it. Is this even possible anymore?
My S3 is running the newest stock rom as I just bought it a couple of days ago, so that's the one I would need to roo and possibly unlock. What tool(s) would I use to do that? Is there a JB rom for this that isn't beta or experimental that will run on this phone and do so without all the other stuff that I don't want such as someone elses wallpapers etc.?
I would appreciate some feedback on the above.