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Root (SuperUser) For Galaxy Note – User Feedback & Experience October 1, 2013

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By:   Common User

1st Oct 2013 

I owned this Galaxy Note (5.3″) for six months and found it quite a good smartphone with great user experience.

For a long while I have been reading up articles on the web about the Android system (or rather ROM) Rooting for smartphone. The Apple iOS tweet is called Jail-break.
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Essentially this is a way to “open-up” the factory/manufacturer control over the ROM instruction/governor function programmed on the SOC (system on chip) when the phone is sold. There are certain sets of CPU processor instruction that common users of smartphone are not allowed to make changes to and hence, it limits how an App to access on the Kernel files.  The purpose is to “protect” the phone’s software downloaded. But certain more advanced Android  applications could only work on Rooted phones.  Special Android modifications on more powerful customed CPU Kernel can then be installed on rooted phones.  Also, on a Rooted phone the user could uninstall certain manufacturer pre-loaded apps to release more internal memory space.

So, a non- rooted phone will be rather limited in having certain Apps to be downloaded such as, CPU MASTER, CPU ADJUSTER, etc etc.  including certain advanced games and utility Apps. 

To ROOT a phone is to grant access to the phone’s CPU Kernel files (otherwise It’s locked by manufacturers ) and upgrade to a SuperUser status. 

Anyway, thanks to the following Android Developer’s CWM root method (there’s also the Odin method) I managed to root my Galaxy Note N7000 (though it took a few tries) , the results are great.

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Rooting (attain SuperUser) Android phones (or Jail-break iPhones) involves certain risks. If the process is not done properly you could BRICK (renders the phone to be unusable completely!) your few hundred dollars smartphone that’s it. Along the process make sure you avoid confusion and mistakes.

So, do read up the steps carefully as some information posted on web are easy to understand but some can be misleading and confusing.  This CWM Root instruction (for Galaxy Note with Jelly Bean OS, Southeast Asia version) that I found on web a really good one and clear to follow. However, on-hand experience of carrying out Rooting your phone can still be worrisome at certain stage because of unfamiliarity of Android Developers language. And the screen may sometime shows different indications that’s what you got confused.

Just how do you know that your phone is Rooted after the process carried out?  You may download the Root Checker app to test it.

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If you see that, congratulations you will start to enjoy a greater Android user experience. 
Also, a SuperUser app will be installed in your app tray (automatically) after the Rooting process is successfully completed.  That is for the control of granting access to apps that require SuperUser permission on Kernel files on the ROM.  A gate-keeper sort of.

My experience of Rooted Galaxy Note N7000 has been very good so far.
I installed the CPU Adjuster and carry out slight trial on it’s parameter.  The initial results are:
–  responsiveness of CPU increases, resulting in faster web browsing and app opening,
–  synthetic benchmark (Antutu) improved.

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I am also trying out this app Tegrak Overclock which could increase the Galaxy Note’s CPU to 1.6 Ghz from 1.4 Ghz. For more sophisticated user you may also install the CPU TUNER (root required ), in which you can fine-tune CPU Kernel governor profiles that will extend phone battery time.
I will continue to try out my Rooted phone with more exciting apps… As a SuperUser!

Afternote

Up to this moment, I am very happy that I managed to uninstalled “loads” of manufacturer bloatware (>3 GB) from my phone’s internal storage! And free up the phone’s memory space.
Before Root, there’s no way that I could do this.

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