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Does a Nexus S 4G need to be rooted?

I am looking into getting an Android phone, but I would rather not have to go through the trouble of rooting my device to get the full android experience.

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Clarification Request
Ok, I'll bite.

I have a few droids and what is this full experience?

I know my Evo 4G is good, I did root a Nook Color and frankly can you tell me what's missing?
Bob

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Updates and Apps blocked by carrier

I hear that android phones need to wait till the carrier releases updates for the phone to run the latest version of the OS. I'd rather get the update as soon as it is released by Google.

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That helped.

So far AT&T is the only carrier I know of that is locking out such apps. There's a lot of pressure on them to allow the Amazon and other stores.

So if we dismiss AT&T I don't know of any app restrictions (well, yes I do but those don't count.)

As to the latest OS, that's one odd request. What's in this latest that you need that badly?
Bob

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What do you think you're missing out on?

From experience, I can say that a Samsung device has offered a little less, but an HTC device has offered more than the native Android experience. I can only assume that the Nexus, always being marketed as the Google native device, would offer you the full experience, but at the very least, make sure that it either has or will upgrade to Gingerbread and I'm sure you will not be disappointed.

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Rooted NexusS4G

First of all, if you have the Nexus S (4G) then you HAVE the latest OS (gingerbread, currently at 2.3.4). Secondly, rooting is a personal decision. You don't NEED to root any Android device, especially a Nexus device. That being said, the Nexus line are considered "dev phones" meaning they are devices that are easily "rooted" to enable actions a "consumer" might not need, or care about (or understand). I personally buy only "dev phones" (G1, ADP2, Nexus One and Now the Nexus S) because I am interested in running custom ROMs, kernels, themes, ect... But, that's just me. Ask yourself why you would WANT to "root" the phone. If you decide that the answer is yes, I recommend androidcentral.com (geared more towards the consumer)or xdadevelopers.com (geared more towards developers and those interested in learning development) and finally cyanogenmod (google it). Otherwise stick with the iPhone.

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Sometimes you there are apps that requires rooted phones

Some apps require you to have a rooted phone like SetCPU. Not much really here. Although, Google now blocks any rooted phones to download/rent movies from Market. But then you can always unroot your phone. I do agree that this is for the techno geeks Happy But if you're brave enough, just Google search how to root your phone. I tried it and I'm not really a software developer. Many developers don't know how to write their instructions (although many of their target audiences are developers themselves). You'll learn to appreciate how to become patient.

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