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Old 17-09-2013, 13:31
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I have just gotten rid of an Apple Iphone 3G as it was a pain in the arse to get unlocked.

My Samsung Galaxy S2 though was a piece of cake to get sorted.

It was such a rigmarole that my order for a 5S has been cancelled and I am now going for a Nexus 5 instead.

from my brief foray into the world of unlocking I have come to the opinion that android are the daddy.

I think my use of Iphone is nearing an end now, nice to use but locked down too tightly in several ways.
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Old 17-09-2013, 13:47
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Why are you going for a phone we know nothing about?
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Old 17-09-2013, 13:54
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Why are you going for a phone we know nothing about?
That's not strictly true, especially as one was found in a bar yesterday.
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Old 17-09-2013, 15:23
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Anyone any experience of rooting using a Mac. I rooted and flashed a rom a few years back on a tablet, but thats when I had a PC.
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Old 17-09-2013, 16:12
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I have just gotten rid of an Apple Iphone 3G as it was a pain in the arse to get unlocked.
Do you mean unlocking from a network?
If so then your network would of done it for a small fee.
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Old 17-09-2013, 16:14
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^^ I'm assuming he means "rooting", but why anyone would want to "root" a nexus is beyond me. Surely a Nexus is as good as Android gets?
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Old 17-09-2013, 17:35
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Personally a Nexus provides as much flexibility and customisation in an Android phone as I need. I've never bothered rooting mine.

In the past I had phones which were restricted in some way - low memory, not being able to install apps to card. Neither is an issue on a Nexus, so unless you're into tinkering and installing custom ROMs for the sake it, I don't really see the point of rooting a Nexus.
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Old 17-09-2013, 18:40
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Lol here we go again

You stick with what YOU like and I'll stick with what I like, let's leave it at that shall we
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Old 17-09-2013, 20:47
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why anyone would want to "root" a nexus is beyond me. Surely a Nexus is as good as Android gets?
Improved backups, more features (or ones they are used to), tinkering.
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Old 17-09-2013, 21:01
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^^ I'm assuming he means "rooting", but why anyone would want to "root" a nexus is beyond me. Surely a Nexus is as good as Android gets?
Backus would be the most obvious one where it needs to be rooted
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Old 17-09-2013, 21:21
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why anyone would want to "root" a nexus is beyond me. Surely a Nexus is as good as Android gets?
Rooting is part of the process that can turn a touchwiz filled Samsung Galaxy into a vanilla Android experience, but at a more basic level, it grants you admin access on the phone, letting you customise and control it even further. That isn't on by default on Nexus devices.
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Old 17-09-2013, 21:45
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On the playstore, invariably one or more of the apps available in the area I happen to be looking in require root.
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Old 17-09-2013, 21:54
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Why would apps in the playstore need a rooted phone to work?
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Old 17-09-2013, 22:04
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Why would apps in the playstore need a rooted phone to work?
See above - backups. Plus plenty of other things need root access to work.
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Old 17-09-2013, 22:10
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Why would apps in the playstore need a rooted phone to work?
Believe it or not, there are quite a few apps in the play store that need a phone to be rooted.
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Old 17-09-2013, 22:29
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Why would apps in the playstore need a rooted phone to work?
I don't know the technical reason (maybe some developer on here might explain), but there are many that do.
Simple example - PowerToggles There is a restart icon but it requires root to work.
Lock screen apps an example.
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Old 17-09-2013, 22:39
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Because normally,you don't want apps to be able to restart the device or kill other apps, for example. That can be pretty handy functionality for automation stuff like Tasker or llama though and by rooting the phone, you gain the authority to grant those permissions to apps.
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Old 18-09-2013, 23:58
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nexus phones don t come locket. all of them are factory unlocked and even if you get it on contract there is no branding or network lock.
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