To root or not to root that is the question

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http://androidforums.com – Right now I'm just pondering wether I'm going to root my Samsung Galaxy S II (Virgin Mobile ). So friends give me a bit of help convice me perhaps. To root or not to root: what are the main benefits. Why should or shouldn't I root. I already know bricking the phone is a possibility, voiding the warranty another. So people what's all the fuss about rooting. Why is it so popular. I expect some serious answers and am challenging you all to convince a skeptic. ;) (General)