Are there any risks to rooting a device?
I've been planning to root my HTC One S for a while now, because the HTC software is so unstable. Sometimes it crashes every day for a certain period, sometimes even multiple times a day, I did a factory reset and the problem was gone for weeks but it recently came back. It has been going clean for 3 days now so it may be another period where it keeps stable, but I cannot trust it for too long.
Now consider these facts:
- I will follow every instruction that I found on this forum, Phandroid.
- I have experience with linux. Not too much, but I know how the file system works and I can work with bash.
- I have quite a bit of programming experience and I'm generally pretty good with computers.
The latter two may not be so relevant to the story of rooting, but all is to say that I'm an advanced user at least, if not expert. I know how to troubleshoot and I know when I should doubt an instruction or not.
That said, taking these things into account, and considering the fact that I've never rooted a smartphone, what is the approximate real chance of me making my phone unrecoverably damaged/bricked/whatever..., If I'm careful?
I'm just asking because this thing has cost enough money and it would be quite depressing to turn it into a worthless lump of plastic and metal.