Originally Posted by CoMoChief
So I have the Google Nexus S....not really smart with these new smart phones....just getting used to typing texting with the touchscreen keypad and still annoying considering I've been using the slide out qwerty (sp?) keypad.
So anyone root w/ this phone, as previously posted, the sprint guy says not to root your google phone etc. I dont know how so I wouldn't do it myself, but will it allow me to access more wifi etc?
Sprint reps will always tell you not to. If nothing else, you break the warranty on your phone if you do it. (And there IS a possibility of screwing your phone up while trying to root it, though it's fairly small as long as you follow whatever rooting instructions someone who knows what they're doing gives you.)
To me, the biggest benefits of rooting are:
1. Having access to root-only apps. Google "best android root apps" or something like that to get the idea, but WiFi Tether is the big one. I also love Titanium Backup, as it lets me force apps to the SD card, which is a big help on my phone and its puny amount of storage.
2. Being able to install custom ROMs (software). This probably isn't as big of a deal with the Nexus S, since it's pretty clean (in terms of being "pure" Android rather than a Sprint-modified version). You can get some performance boost from some custom ROMS, though.
The process is somewhat technical, though, so it's just a matter of whether those benefits are worth the hassle for you.