Complete phone idiot. Questions about Gingerbread / ICS?
Alright, so I just want to start off by saying, while I may be most capable on a computer, I'm a total idiot when it comes to phones. I live in Maine, and my options here have been limited until recently lol.
Anyway. I have a Fascinate, which is running on Straight Talk. I bought it this way from a friend. It is on Android 2.2.2 which I believe it came with or was updated to.
I have another phone, a Sumsung Epic, which is on 2.3.6, and although the technical specs of the phones seem to be identical, the Epic runs amazingly smooth, where the Fascinate is a bit slow at times.
I have absolutely no idea how to upgrade the OS on a phone. I know it needs to be rooted, which I also do not have any clue on where to even begin.
I know I can look guides up to do this. My real questions are these.
1. Does the Fascinate run well with 2.3.6? I would assume it does, but have read a few things about certain functions on the phone not working.
2. How about ICS? I saw this on youtube, had no idea it could be put on a Fascinate.
3. Is there any other reason my Epic could be out performing my Fascinate by so much? When I benchmark them, the Epic is winning by more than 400 points when they are both freshly formatted.
4. This is the big one! Would anyone capable be willing to assist me with getting my phone rooted and upgraded if I were to pay? I have found people that will do this on ebay. I did not want to do it until I knew if it was even a good choice or not.
Any information that may help me would be appreciated. Be it links or facts, suggestions, whatever.