I acquired a Samsung Galaxy TAB s 10.5 for Christmas and had started to post about it in another thread, but decided I should actually post this information here where someone else with the TAB S might look for it. I'm not necessarily the most technically savvy or most experienced person here at Brighthand, but I post information that I usually wish I had found in one spot when I was trying to figure things out. I hope it's helpful, because otherwise it's just me prattling on. Having spent almost all of my time with Android in the Nexus world, except for a year with the Samsung Galaxy Player 5, I have become quite spoiled. Samsung devices, at least the flagship models (and this is decidedly a premium tablet), have better quality hardware than most Nexus devices, but, man, are Nexus devices easy to root and mod. However, I didn't like what I saw about the Nexus 9, I wanted a bigger screen and, honestly, the idea of a tablet with a max of 32GB memory seems just ridiculous. Although the TAB S has only 16GB internal memory, I have added a Sandisk 128GB MicroSD card. I'm very happy with my purchase. Combined with a Logitech Type S keyboard case (although the keyboard is slightly smaller than the optional Samsung keyboard case, unlike the Samsung one it holds the Tab firmly for lap usage), I really have a very powerful but light-weight Ultrabook convertable. You can read some of my first impressions in that previosly mentioned thread. Rooting: If it's such a great tablet, why root, especially since, unlike Nexus devices, it voids warranty. I suppose ultimately because it's my tablet, not theirs. There aren't than many attractive alternate ROMs for this tablet, but rooting lets me do the following things that are of interest to me. 1. Install an alternate recovery so I can make full Nandroid backups 2. Use Titanium Backup to backup, freeze and otherwise manage apps 3. Debloat the tablet by getting rid of both Samsung and Google apps I don't want or use. 4. Make us of utilities that need system level permissions to add capability. The method I used is Chainfire's CFautoroot. I used the instructions from post #3 in this thread at XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-tab-s/general/cf-auto-root-chainfire-t2881826 One thing I ran into that others might not was that this method requires the Samsung USB drivers for Odin to talk to the tablet. That's not very surprising, but I don't usually install the Samsung drivers because a) most everything else works fine without them and I don't use KIES and b) the Samsung drivers play havok with the ADB connectivity for my Nexus 5. So, in my odd case, I installed the Samsung drivers to do the rooting and then did a Windows Recovery Point from before they were installed to return to the setup I had for my Nexus 5. Worked for me. The second variation in the instructions is that I used Odin 3.09 rather than the version (3.07) included in the zip by Chainfire (though I did use CF's Odin.ini file). I did this because, in post #99, someone suggested that 3.07 had trouble with the latest (Nov 2014) update to the TAB S, which I knew I had. Other than that, everything went very smoothly and I have happily thrown my Knox bit, which invalidates my waranty. So far, I have: Installed TWRP recovery using Flashify and made a complete Nandroid backup in case anythig goes wrong while I'm debloating the tablet. This backup will restore the device to full stock with root before any changes were made. I installed Titanium Backup. I discovered the KitKat trap of TB not being able to save backups to the SD card because it didn't have write permissions. Found a nice utility from a trusted developer that fixed that right up. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nextapp.sdfix&hl=en I'm pretty much set to begin debloating and customizine. I'll post whatever I find that I think is interesting or might help someone else as I go along. If you have a TAB S, feel free to add your own information.