I've had the HTC One X for going on three weeks now. I bought it on launch day, May 6, and have been using it as my primary device ever since. It has become my go-to device for streaming Spotify, texting, browsing the Web, tweeting, etc. Most surprisingly, it has become my preferred device for taking pictures, ousting even the iPhone 4S. (The camera on the One X isn't necessarily better than the iPhone shooter, but it's good enough in most situations that I don't bother reaching in my pocket for the iPhone and just use the One X instead.)

When I bought it, I knew it would be a great device. However, I had one major concern: the locked bootloader.

Last year, HTC started providing a bootloader unlock tool for their devices so developers could develop and consumers could enjoy the pleasures of simple hacks and mods at the expense of their device warranty. It was easy to assume every HTC Android device moving forward would come with the ability to be unlocked.

Just days prior to the One X launch on AT&T, however, Paul O'Brien of MoDaCo revealed that the bootloader unlock tool provided by HTC did not work for his device. When using the tool, the unlock process would fail and give ”MID Not Allowed” as the error reason. At first, he figured it didn't work with his due to it being a pre-release unit. But when people's pre-orders started arriving on the Friday before the official launch, we all learned a sad truth: the HTC One X has a locked bootloader and the unlock tool will not workMoDaCo reached out to HTC on the matter and HTC's response read:

"HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months. In some cases, however, restrictions prevent certain devices from participating in our bootloader unlocking program. Rest assured, HTC is committed to assisting developers in unlocking bootloaders for HTC devices and we'll continue to unlock additional devices in the future."

Basically, it's a nice way of saying they will not provide an unlock for the AT&T One X. (I'm guessing we can thank AT&T for that.)

Like many phones of past, though, I was afraid the locked bootloader would effectively kill this device for me. A similar story is one of the DROID X. I loved that phone when it first came out, yet its locked bootloader made it nearly unbearable. Over time, I came to despise the stock software and could not flash an AOSP ROM to get rid of Motorola's monstrosity, better known as MOTOBLUR. Essentially, with a locked bootloader, flashing truly customized ROMs (read: non-MOTOBLUR, non-Sense or AOSP-based ROMs) is impossible – or at least very difficult.

Seeing as I have never been very fond of Sense UI, this news was a bit unsettling. Between lag, bugs and glitches, a cluttered interface and excessive animations, I found Sense UI to only good for mucking up the Android experience. It was overbearing and simply aggravating to use.

As I explained before, though, Sense 4 is a totally different story. It has actually been quite a pleasure to use. It's smooth, polished and a perfect balance of a unique HTC touch with Ice Cream Sandwich design. And, even after two and a half weeks and a super easy, one-click root method, I have yet to even want to root the One X, much less try a different ROM or get rid of Sense altogether.

I have always been an Android purist – I prefer stock Android over anything – and I'm normally a modding junkie. I love staying up late, perusing forums for different tweaks and mods for my devices. But, as strange as it may be, I want to continue using the One X exactly as it was intended to be used. I'm perfectly content with the out-of-the-box experience. I have no urge to root, mod or alter the software on the One X in any way.

For what it's worth, that may change with time. I usually try to see just how long I can stand stock software on a device before I cave. I lasted several months before wanting to root the Galaxy Nexus. Generally, though, with Sense devices, I only last a couple days before losing my mind. Sense 4 may eventually wear me down. And, if developers actually crack the bootloader and the CyanogenMod team picks up the LTE One X, I may just have to try out some CM9 on HTC hardware.

But, for now, my One X is unrooted and purely stock Sense 4. And ... oddly enough, I'm okay with that.

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David Tambascio
David Tambascio Everyone is doing it man!!
Reinaldo Alvarez Maldonado
Reinaldo Alvarez Maldonado The dark side of the force is hard to resist. The rooting is a must for me.
Matt Brulla
Matt Brulla I spend more time in CWM than my actual phone... Stock ROMs can never compare to custom ones.
Joel Diaz
Joel Diaz I dont. But only because i dont feel the need for it. Im also afraid cause i have no idea how to and feel like ima break my phone.. But i see a lot of people do it so it must be beneficial i guess. I like my phone the way it is. Htc tb running go launcher cuz its dope, unrooted. Peace!!!!
Eduardo Ordaz
Eduardo Ordaz Nope.
Dave Westcott
Dave Westcott Cm9 all the way
Derek Lombardi
Derek Lombardi I get bored easily... Rooted my G1.. My Nexus One and now Verizon Galaxy Nexus.. Currently on a Tablet/Phone CM9 hybrid ROM... excellent
Jose Santos
Jose Santos I wish I knew how to root a phone
James Vincent
James Vincent Only android device I've owned that I haven't rooted (yet) is my nook
BossMan Atl
BossMan Atl Just rooted my AT&T galaxy note.
Kenny Pooranmal
Kenny Pooranmal I feel like if you don't root you are not using it to its full potential...we have some incredible devs out there doing some amazing work.....shame that some people who don't root will never see it
Benjamin Matinzi
Benjamin Matinzi If I'm gonna pay for my phone...im gonna have it work the way I want!
Jorge Lopez
Jorge Lopez Once I got the official ics update I don't feel the need to root anymore(at least for now)
Rysheen Wilson
Rysheen Wilson Every other device just to much blast ware theses days.
Nathan Arguello
Nathan Arguello I agree you have root your androids, just wish there was a option just to buy them rooted or unrooted
Osama Baig
Osama Baig can someone help ne root tmobile samsung galaxy s2 i had it for 23 days
Jonathan Lizama
Jonathan Lizama Got a keep it rooted stocked ff
John Weber
John Weber Rooting is a must for me. Stock UIs tend to be boring and flavorless. I've got a sgsii running a hydra Ics rom and love it!
John Weber
John Weber Rooting is a must for me. Stock UIs can tend to be boring and flavorless. Running a sgsii right now with a hydra Ics rom. Absolutely loving it.
Jeff Irvine
Jeff Irvine That's a big, fat, fuzzy affirmative to rooting. It's mandatory on my devices. Usually within a couple hours after purchase.
Ori Sanilevich
Ori Sanilevich If the one x interface is that good I wouldn't root it either. But I would kinda miss titanium backup
Jason Vanderhyde
Jason Vanderhyde So I'll ask what a lot of people are thinking but afraid to ask...why root? What does it do?
Dre Ill
Dre Ill Bottom line, if you don't understand the reasons for the exploit, you probably shouldn't......
Richard Du
Richard Du After activating your phone, root should be the 2nd thing you do
Ferdinando Satria Perkasa
Ferdinando Satria Perkasa Yes, of course!
Paul Ibe
Paul Ibe I Rooted my evo 3d and never unrooted unless I needed to.
Rafael Guzman
Rafael Guzman Hell yeah
David DiPilla
David DiPilla But I am also scared that I will burn the procccer out lol
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio I always root my phones. Gives me all the freedom I need.
David DiPilla
David DiPilla I want to root my htc resound take them crappy Verizon apps off and speed up the phone but I heard I should wait for android 4.0
Evan Fleming
Evan Fleming EVERY Android and iOS device that has been a part of my household has been jailbroken or rooted. OG Droid, Droid Eris, iPhone 4, Samsung Fascinate, Droid X2, HTC Thunderbolt, Galaxy Nexus, and iPad 2.
Daniel Quintero
Daniel Quintero of course
Lee Grip Gresham
Lee Grip Gresham after a while, not the first 6-8 months.
Jake Gross
Jake Gross I almost always root my phone, but I now have a one S and I have no desire to root it. Carrier bloat can be disabled easily and the system runs very smoothly as is. Those are the two reasons I would normally root.
Joernie Berrios
Joernie Berrios AOKP!!
Josh Avondoglio
Josh Avondoglio I own the G2x. Had it since August. Finally rooted it a couple of months ago. Best decision ever. It was buggy all the time. Since I rooted it, it's rarely buggy.
Antonio Vazquez
Antonio Vazquez I root every single one of my phones, absolutely necessary if you want to get the absolute best out of your device, my rooted Thunderbolt beats the hell out of the iPhone 4S
Sam Rick
Sam Rick Duh...I rooted all my phones the first day I bought them.I gotta have the latest and greatest and don't wanna wait around for a carrier to give me an update after 6 month from release.that is quite lame IMHO.
Tabib Rehman
Tabib Rehman I rooted my s2 because touch wizz looked soo boring but htc sense 4 is alot better so didnt bother
Nathan Wright
Nathan Wright My kindle fire is rooted and is now a full fledged tablet :)
Adam Brewington
Adam Brewington <3*
Adam Brewington
Adam Brewington Who doesnt..? Root, Flash, Customize. :) Epic 4g <
Ruslan Fernandez
Ruslan Fernandez Rooting is the basis of Android. You command the phone not the other way around. Besides you get to use apps that are usefull but need more than a mere user account. My G1 and my EVO 4G are rooted and both are still awesome.
Vincent Cabral
Vincent Cabral I've had five android devices starting with the very first G1! every single device has been rooted its like a must!
Cal-Gene Johnson
Cal-Gene Johnson If you have a android you better root. Or you won't get updated. Ask moto users!!! iPhone ftw!
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Just got the One X, right now it's running fine, don't feel the need to root just yet. But I just may in the future though. I rooted every other Android I've had tho
Humberto Cortes
Humberto Cortes Of course!
Christopher Sullins
Christopher Sullins ZTE Warp?
Edwin J. Maldonado
Edwin J. Maldonado Rooting= Fun No Rooting= No Fun
Devin Vosburgh
Devin Vosburgh I have rooted all my devices. It lets me play with them and tweak them to my liking. I have tried to stay stock...fail as soon as I am in proximity of a computer and a usb cord.
George Kosta Petroff
George Kosta Petroff I've rooted all my Androids. I'm rooting my ZTE Warp tomorrow.
Touya Akira
Touya Akira yes, ALOT!
Jaden Chadwick Duncan
Jaden Chadwick Duncan DUH
Terrel Yorke
Terrel Yorke Personal I dnt see the need to root my sensation
CJ Osborne
CJ Osborne I want to root my Rezound for ICS but I know as soon as I do the OTA update will come out... Plus I'm not as computer smart as I once thought.. I attempted to root my 1st android phone an Eris and almost bricked it... Have been too scared to try ever since!!!
Christopher Sullins
Christopher Sullins I have the unlocked quad core HTC One X. Don't need to root because my phone runs very smooth. I will root it sometime in the near future.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey The last phone I rooted was my EVO 4G. I haven't rooted my Galaxy Note, yet. I'm going to do it soon.
Rob Lombardo
Rob Lombardo no reason to root? less adware, faster processing, more app access, cooler interface, bahaha no reason to root?
Michael Balk
Michael Balk Aokp
Jason C Kingry
Jason C Kingry I wanna try it. But with my luck, I'd fv¢£ up my phone :D
David Garcia
David Garcia Yup mine is rooted
Rani Hinnawi
Rani Hinnawi I haven't tried yet
Sloan Karri
Sloan Karri Ive rooted just about every Android phone Ive had aha
Chris Vaughn Bey
Chris Vaughn Bey I absolutely root my phone. That is the best way to get the most out of your phone!
Templo Uno
Templo Uno Root
Zach Cline
Zach Cline There's no reason to root
Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez I didn't root my HTC One X. I rooted my old T-Mobile G2, that's about it.
Alex Robledo
Alex Robledo Haven't felt the need to root my Vibrant yet.
Breanna Cherry Cherry Burress
Breanna Cherry Cherry Burress I rooted my GSII Epic 4G Touch for the ICS version.
Alex Tang
Alex Tang rooting should be mandatory. haha
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Dayne Kameron Neidlinger Who doesn't root?

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