The thing is there are so many different revisions of the stock firmware on this phone that rooting it was a pain compared to the Blade. Despite looking into it a few times in the past we sort of hadn't dared do it until this last week. The guy lives in America so he's not here (in the UK) with his phone very often for starters.
It was hard finding a kernel for the firmware revision and the danger was compounded by the fact that it was one of the ones with the known issue where recovery didn't work from the factory: http://boink.pbworks...amsung Galaxy S
Anyway after getting more rooting/custom rom experience with a Dell Streak and an official firmware update eventually fixing recovery - I dared do it.
And after an attempt to root it was finally successful after nearly two years in the making, it's kind of too much of a relief to tamper with it further just now.
Especially as it worked out so well. On stock it suffered so badly from the known lag issues with them. It was less responsive than the Blade in general! Now it runs great.
Edited by targetbsp, 28 January 2013 - 08:53 PM.