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Last week’s poll dealt with MakeUseOf’s possible switch of comment interface. We asked you whether you’d support MakeUseOf switching from Disqus to Worpress’s built-in system. The results were divided pretty equally among voters, which made out decision that much harder, but one option did get the majority of votes.

Out of 202 readers who voted, 30% will continue to comment on MakeUseOf regardless of platform, 24% like Disqus and don’t support the switch, 20% dislike Disqus and support the switch, 4% support the switch but think we should use a different platform than Worpress, and 22% don’t comment anyway.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

The good news is, 30% of the voters will continue to comment on MakeUseOf no matter what! This is great news for us. As for switching from Disqus or not, we did not get a clear answer from our readers.

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This week’s poll question is: What Do You Think About Jailbreaking/Rooting?

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Most devices you can buy today come with some sort of limitation. Be it Apple’s limitation on its App Store, or Android’s limitation on screenshots and backup, all OSs inflict some sort of restrictions. The way to get around these restrictions is Jailbreaking your iOS device or rooting your Android device. The smartphone world is still pretty new, but already there are veritable wars raging on the subject of whether you should or shouldn’t change your phone this way.  So where do you stand?

Not only does jailbreaking/rooting require some technical skills, but the device’s warranty is usually void once you do it. On the other hand, it does gain you access to many great features. Share all the pros and cons you can think of in the comments.

  1. Andrew Gould
    March 15, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Never seen the point.

  2. Sonny Bass
    March 13, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Buy a phone from Ebay,unlock,root, use a no-contract prepay plan $45.00 a month for unlimited everything

  3. Doc
    March 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I support jailbreaking/rooting. I rooted my Android tablet to get rid of the bloatware and junk the manufacturer put on it (how long do I need the user manual, really?) and added the Android market.

    I believe that the software required to use a piece of hardware I've purchased should be freely available, without a "license" or any kind of restriction (locked bootloaders, copyrighted software, etc.)

  4. Richmond Cleaning Company
    March 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    well i used to use Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro, it had android 2.1 on it. when the upgrade (2.2 Froyo) launched i found out i could not upgrade my OS even though my phone had enough resources to operate under 2.2. it was very frustrating. even if i root my phone for the upgrade i would have to lose the warranty. talk about illogical restrictions.

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

       Yep, they're abundant. I use an Acer Liquid E and it's stuck with Froyo, can't be upgraded, even though it can probably handle Gingerbread. But that's not even a warrant issue, the device is just not supported by anyone anymore.

      The funny thing is how almost no one can actually officially upgrade to ICS...

  5. CD_Ridge
    March 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I rooted my smart phone last year, the microphone broke.  Unrooted, then exchanged it for a newer model.  Now that the warranty has expired I rooted the new phone.  I wish that I did not wait to root the new phone.  Better battery life, snappier performance were among the primary benefits.  I finally have the phone I paid for.

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

       Just curious, what phone is it?

  6. MisterSparkle
    March 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I rooted my phone and was able to delete a bunch of crapware that I didn't ask for, never use, and slowed down my phone.  With a new kernel and ROM, my phone is noticeably faster and my new ROM has a few nice UI tweaks.  Given the relatively ease of the process, why wouldn't I make MY phone better?  If manufacturers/wireless companies don't want me to root, sell me a phone that isn't crippled from the get go. 

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

       Android devices come with so much crap on them, it's unbelievable. Each manufacturer puts in a layer of their own crap, and then the provider puts in another layer. Some of my friends own a Samsung Galaxy SI, and you can barely tell it's Android at all. When they try to use my phone, which is just pure Froyo, they don't even know what to do with it.

  7. wigglerthefish
    March 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Hey, keep disqus, since I like getting emails when someone comments on my posts.

    • Aibek
      March 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      we'll send you alerts even with Disqus disabled

  8. wigglerthefish
    March 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Rooting a non mainstream android tablet or phone would indeed be very difficult.

    Jail breaking a 1st gen iPad? No sweat. So simple, it's amazing.

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

       I own a 1st generation iPad, so far unjailbroken. :) Maybe I should do it just for the heck of it.

      • wigglerthefish
        March 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

        So long as you're on iOS 5.0.1.

        • Yaara
          March 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

           I'm actually not. It absolutely won't upgrade, no matter what I do, and I'm tired of my iPad being wiped and restored for nothing. Oh well. :)

        • Joel Thomas
          March 15, 2012 at 2:28 am

          I think what wigglerthefish meant was "as long as you're on iOS 5.0.1 or under" :) not that there isn't a jailbreak for 5.1 but it's tethered and that's not exactly the most convenient of solutions. But yeah most prob there's an untetherered jb already out for any older iOS you're running if you're still interested in looking into it.

        • Yaara
          March 15, 2012 at 5:55 am

          Oh, yeah, I'm sure there are jailbreaks for all the older versions of iOS. I thought it might be easier with iOS 5.0.1 for some reason. Maybe it's just the frustration of not being able to update. :)

          Anyway, I don't really need my iPad to be jailbroken. I was just thinking out loud. If I had an iPhone, well, that would have been different, I think.

          Thanks for the input!

  9. sueska
    March 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    jailbreaking - If your device does what you need I would leave it alone. If not and you have the technical ability and you owned the device long enough to know it is not defective go for it. For example I rooted my tablet device so that I could use a better ebook reader. Nothing illegal, the reader I liked just wasn't an option for that tablet.

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

       Is it an Android tablet? What eReader was it?

  10. RED
    March 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I don't know about the warranty issue, for phones.  I've never had a cell or Smart phone that came with a warranty.  It was always something extra they try to sell me.  AM I Wrong?  The one time I did buy a warranty, and broke my phone there was all kinds of Bullshit to go through trying to get them to honor the warranty anyway, such a waste of money at the time.

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

       I think it differs by country, and depends on where you buy the device. Over here, if you buy from the actual providers, it's as you described. But if you by it yourself directly from a store, you do get warranty, but they say explicitly that if you root the device they won't fix it if it's broken.

  11. vs8
    March 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Rooting my phone is the greatest thing I've done to it. Now I can back everything up, move from rom to rom and have complete control over it.

  12. Kevin Liske
    March 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I would have voted, but there was not an appropriate response.  I'm not rooted now, but am waiting for my phone to get updated to IceCream, then I'll root once a stable version comes out.  It seems rather silly to root and then have to do it all over again when the OS upgrade is imminent

    • burntcookie90
      March 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      But it's so simple...What phone is it?

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 6:56 am

       Well, you can choose the first one. You want to do it, and you're not doing it just because you're waiting for ICS. Good enough. :)

  13. Nalk
    March 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I can install any OS and program I want on my PC. Heck, I can even build my own OS and install that if I so choose. I dont see why phones should be any different. A phone is essentially no more than a pocket size PC.

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 6:55 am

       That's true. No one tries to "protect" us from breaking our own computers by limiting what we can do with them. I wonder why it became so acceptable to do the same thing with phones.

  14. Tom Susala
    March 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I would love to have my Android rooted, it would probably eliminate a couple bugs encountered when I upgraded my Android from Froyo to Gingerbread.

    • Yaara
      March 13, 2012 at 6:54 am

       And you don't do it because it's complicated, or because of warranty issues? Or maybe for some other reason?

  15. Nommynous
    March 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I think that if the makers of the device gave us more options, then we wouldn't have to do all this jailbreaking/rooting. 

    But then again, they'd most likely screw it all up anyway, which is why I root in the 1st place. I seem to like the product more when I remake it myself. 

    Also, as for warranty issues, I know a guy.

  16. Florin Ardelian
    March 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Where's the "It's useful, simple and I would like to be able to do it" option? You know, something milder than "Won't use my device without it"...

    • Yaara
      March 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

       Well, if you'd like to be able to do it, but won't do it, then you can choose one of the middle two options (depending on why you don't actually do it).

      If you do it regularly, I guess the first answer is close enough. It might be a bit extreme, but it's hard to get it exactly right with everyone. :)

  17. Kieran Colfer
    March 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Have bought my last 2 iphones on ebay for half the cost I'd get them in the shops here, they've both been locked to AT&T so had to jailbreak/unlock them to get them working. So warranty? Pah! :-)

    I have so many jaibreak apps/tweak that do stuff that apple would never let you do with your phone that I'd be lost without them at this stage..... 

    • Yaara
      March 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

       I'm in about the same situation, only with Android. My device is off eBay, and it had to be rooted in order to use it at all. It had no warranty anyway, so there's nothing to lose.

      It's hard to go back once you're used to it being a certain way, that's for sure.

  18. Jillian Aarsvold
    March 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Glad I can live w/o rooting through everything, even if I did know how to hack. 

    • Yaara
      March 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

       I think it's easier to live without it when you've never used a rooted/jailbroken device. My iPad is not jailbroken, and I really don't care about it since I've never used a jailbroken one. I don't know what I'm missing. :)

  19. Norris
    March 12, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I think the people who do illegal things like that are very naughty.

    • Joel Thomas
      March 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Jailbreaking isn't illegal though. No other countries (to the best of my knowledge anyway) has ever had any major qualms with jailbreaking/rooting a cellular handset. America is where Apple tried to strongarm jailbreakers by making it illegal saying it was the sole copyright holder of these devices and tampering with their intellectual property is a violation of the copyright act. To this the natural reaction/argument by the hacker community collective was "well, why can't I fiddle around with my handset if I bought it with my own money? Who really owns these devices anyway? Apple the manufacturer or the end user/consumer? Cuz if I own it I'd actually like a say in how I want it to operate." So congress eventually passes an exemption in the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyrights Act) ruling in favor of jailbreakers saying the modification of handset cellular devices to run custom software other than just the ones offered at Apple's App Store isn't illegal or a violation of Apple's copyright to these devices. In other words, it was never illegal. Granted at one point it was a gray area, but as of 2010 it is officially recognized by the US govt to break no laws whatsoever. 

      It was in response to this that Apple made the executive decision to void your warranty if you jailbroke your device in order to continue dispelling incentive for tampering with their devices cuz that's the only level of control they have left. So let's recap, if you jailbreak your device is it illegal? No, you just open up the market for your iOS device to install from more than just Apple's App Store. And since it's not illegal Apple can't just arbitrarily grab any pedestrian walking down the sidewalk with a jailbroken device and void his/her warranty. Heck you could even walk into an Apple store with a jb phone and walk out unscathed (I have). It's only when you hand in your device to the genius bar for repairs etc that they can take a look a closer look at it and take any action. If there is any damage to the device due to Apple unsupported software (or even if there isn't any damage because of the jailbreak if they see evidence of jailbreaking they will use this argument of compromised security on the device because of your hacking) they will be able to void your warranty. Most jailbreakers avoid this issue by plugging their device to iTunes and hitting "Restore" before taking it to Apple as it wipes clean your device of all previous settings and content (jailbroken or otherwise) and reinstalls iOS/resets it to factory condition. Any problem you have with a faulty device should still persist without the issue of handing over a device with evidence of jailbreak software on it.

      Sorry for the rant. Didn't initially plan to write out a comment this long. But now that I have let me go ahead and funish by say jailbreaking isn't for everyone either. I'm not trying to be a jailbreak missionary here, I was just trying to dispel the rumor that its illegal. If anything the argument I make here is "its your phone, do whatever the heck you want to with it." It's true, iOS devices are already pretty user friendly and capable by themselves and that may suit a certain type of user. It is also equally true that opening your device up to all sorts of 3rd part content can cause instability sometimes and jailbroken devices usually require more maintenance/upkeep on your part than a regular one. But that doesn't mean that "hacking" or whatever term you want to call it is bad either. I'd equate it to buying a car from a dealer who sells with a padlock on your hood. Granted not everyone's a grease monkey and could care less, but some of us ARE painfully aware of the restrictions and would prefer an openly customizable car, damn whatever consequences Apple may try to throw our way (in our defense though, I'd like to point out not all consequences of our tampering is bad. Fantastic examples of these would be ios5 notification center, rich email, wireless syncing, ios4 wallpapers, and tethering finally introduced by At&T which was 3 years behind jailbreakers, ios3 which.... I honestly don't know lol, I wasn't jailbreaking back then so idk how we contributed, BUT perhaps our biggest contribution would be THE IDEA OF AN APP STORE IN IOS2  cuz the first iPhone just shipped with phone mail etc all the stock apps and it was us hackers who took to making custom apps for the iPhone. Silly ones really like the ability to play custom ringtones when called or perhaps the first ever iOS game which involved shooting up Microsoft logo with lasers :P but out of "Installer's" humble origins Apple's "App Store" was born a year later with the mantra "need to X? There's an app for that!")

      • Yaara
        March 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

         Wow, thanks Joel for the elaborate comment. It was a very interesting read. I, for one, don't know much about jailbreaking since I use an Android device, which has issues of its own which are a bit different (aka rooting).

        Thanks for taking the time to share all this information with us! I think it's often the really heavy users that give the big companies the really good ideas which everyone later gets to enjoy.

  20. Kagnon
    March 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Usually you can just do a restore when you want to send it back for repair.
    I don't think warranty is much of an issue.

    • Yaara
      March 12, 2012 at 7:46 am

       It's taking a chance, though. You might get away with it and you might not, and some people may have an ethical problem with that, too, I think.

  21. Susendeep Dutta
    March 12, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I like the freedom that rooting/jailbreaking provides us.But Warranty is most important factor for me,as if the phone doesn't works even after rooting/jailbreaking,then you'll be left nowhere to go. Moreover,all the devices are not on supported list of third party ROMs.

    My friend asked me whether rooting his Galaxy Ace will give hjim more battery life and more internal space and I told him that your device is of MIDP type and hardly any ROM is there to support your device.

    • Yaara
      March 12, 2012 at 7:16 am

       I own an Acer Liquid E, and there's almost nothing to be found for it either, when it comes to ROMs.

      I didn't have to ponder about rooting it since it was already rooted when it was passed on to me, but I probably wouldn't do it if I actually had warranty to lose.

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