Android and the Need for root

Android and the Need for root

I picked up an ASUS ME176C MeMO Pad 16GB Android tablet for my son at the local Future Shop. It's a great little tablet and awesome value at $149 with a beautiful screen and super peppy performance courtesy of the new Intel Atom BayTrail-T Z3745 Quad Core processor with 1GB RAM. Overall, I think it's awesome and yet, I'm not 100% happy, even it it *his tablet*.

That's because I want *all* my devices rooted. Aside from the geek factor, there are just too many useful things that require a rooted tablet. These include a decent file manager, a better backup system, screen recording capabilities, and more. As yet, there is no root exploit (what an awful word, 'exploit') for this tablet, meaning it falls short of its full potential.

Obviously, I'm not the only person who likes their tablets rooted (special hello to all my Linux friends out there) but how many of you take this into consideration when purchasing a device? Is it a make or break for you?

And if you happen to have some clever way to root this new ASUS tablet, I would be thrilled to hear about it.

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