I've never really had a need to root my phone before. That changed a couple days ago.
With my new found Android hacking powers, I now crave the perfect script to execute when I plug my phone into the my car charger. I was able to create a script that did most of what I wanted: turn Bluetooth on, WiFi tethering on and driving mode on. But, I hit a stumbling block with turning on the GPS - you can't do so in Tasker without root access.
A couple of Google searches turned up a number of pages that explained just how easy it was to root your phone. 10 minutes, and I'd be all set. I started down the path with these clear instructions. Except, half way through, the instructions no longer matched up with what I was seeing and I saw some error about a file verification signature not matching. Gulp.
Fortunately, I poked around further till I found this video tutorial:
I was able to closely follow this video and sure enough, I painlessly rooted my phone.
With root access in place, I was able to follow these instructions for creating a GPS On and GPS Off task.
Finally, I can sleep better at night knowing that the driving I don't usually have to do can be done with a device that doesn't require a single clunky press of a GPS On button. Nope, I'm fully automated. Whew.
So now that I've got a rooted device, what's next? What apps do I absolutely need to install?