mysqli_stmt_get_result problem

I understand it requirse mysqlnd (native drivers) to run the get_result() method in mysqli_stmt class. Before I spend 2 weeks chasing this down, are there any pros or cons for doing this? It sounds like it would be advantageous to have and it appears to be available only later than php 5.3.

How bad an activation is this?

This is supported in PHP 5.3 I believe so this is a non-question. Thanks