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Still Gonna Root

Ok, I am still gonna root my phone cos i want all the goodies that rooted phones allow.  However I haven’t taken the plunge as yet because strangely out of the blue, the other night when I picked up my phone there was a message saying that an FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) update was available.  So I went into it and low and behold HTC were sending me an update to Android 2.1 (Eclair).  I couldn’t believe it – I thought HTC had given up on providing a “sense” enabled Eclair update for unbranded SIM free Hero’s – but there it was.

So I gave it a whirl and it all installed nice and easily without losing any of my contacts or other essential data – so I was quite pleased with that.  Of course it doesn’t allow me to get any of the essentials that I really want like Wi-Fi tethering etc, so I’m sorry HTC, but it’s a bit of a case of too little, too late!  Most phones are moving to 2.2 Froyo  by now anyway so I might as well root and then load a Froyo based custom ROM (if any exist out there that is – in fact can the Hero handle Froyo – maybe I should just get a new phone?)

So, I have to ask – can anybody out there suggest a good, tried and trusted method to root my phone and load a custom ROM?  I’m thinking of using this rooting method from theunlockr.com and then loading a custom ROM from here.  I’ve been looking at a lot of stuff on theunlockr.com and they seem to be pretty good, so I reckon I’ll be alright trying these methods – but of course I’m open to suggestions from anyone else out there, that has already had a good rooting experience from anywhere.

As a foot note, thought I’d just mention that I’m making this post using Windows Live Writer 2011.  The first time I’ve used it and it seems pretty good so far, (certainly a lot better than the blogging interface in Word 2007 anyway) – so I’ll keep using it and let you know how I get on and if it’s any good.

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To Root or not to Root?

After a long time of deliberation I’ve decided I’m going to root my phone.

Apparently rooting gives you full access to your phones capabilities, over-riding the manufacturer’s restrictions and allowing you to do all kinds of things that you couldn’t do before – as well as being able to run all manner of cool and useful apps that will only run on rooted phones.

I’ll expand on this topic in a full post soon. This is just an on the fly update posted from my phone as I’m all over the place atm.

Full details later.