ROM manager premium?


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  1. klwheat

    klwheat Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I've been using ROM manager to install roms since I got rooted and started installing roms. I LOVE this program!
    Okay, now I found ROM manager premium in the market to buy. What's the difference? I'm just wondering what the paid app adds, so I have a good reason to purchase it (other than supporting the developer which I'm happy to do :D )
    Any insight? TIA
     

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  2. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    ROM Manager Premium adds access to a whole slew of other ROMs directly from inside its interface, plus also adds the ability for advanced options, like scheduled backups and such.
     
  3. Barkleyfan

    Barkleyfan Well-Known Member

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    Themes, roms, fonts, kernels, You get access to tons moar with paid. Seriously worth the investment.
     
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    darkside Well-Known Member

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    agreed, as someone who switches my phones roms,themes, and fonts more than i change my socks, I would have to say RM premium is well worth it. It takes a lot of the legwork out of tracking down the roms and then putting them on your phone.
     
  5. klwheat

    klwheat Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Does it allow you to backup your apps and data as well, so that you can switch ROMs without loosing and starting over your data?
     
  6. Barkleyfan

    Barkleyfan Well-Known Member

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    It allows you to copy current installation. Everything will be exactly as it is when you make the backup, data, settings, widgets. It clones your phone. Froyo brings back all your apps anyways. As soon as you log in your google account, it starts repopulating your apps, even if you would prefer otherwise.

    What I do often is hot-swap roms. No wipe. This usually goes off without a hitch. But if there is a problem, simply restore a backup and try again. Rom Manager does not back up data if you wipe. While market will repopulate apps, you will need to actually manually back up texts, wep keys, etc. to do clean installs. Pics and music are stored to SD, so that isn't an issue.
     
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    almahix Well-Known Member

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    Even if it didn't have any important differences from the free version, it is always well worth supporting the developers. They may not be doing their work for profit, but they deserve recognition and appreciation for their significant efforts. I've bought several and even donated to devs who don't provide premium versions just because their efforts make my Droid better. I can't do it myself so I really value their efforts.
     
  8. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    Not easily, but theoretically it can be done.

    The reason you want to avoid this is threefold:

    • Many ROMs include customs apps that only work in it, and nothing else.
    • Unless otherwise stated, switching ROMs and keeping your data and Cache intact will cause problems, because of the differences in the build, internal files, kernels, etc. that come with each ROM - it's like trying to keep Program Files when you format your HD to remove XP and install Vista -not a good idea.
    • you may have an app that simply is not compatible with a new ROM that you install, and you'll spend *hours* trying to figure out which ROM it is, or else you'll give up in 5 minutes and post things like "XXX ROM doesn't work on my phone."

    If you are going to play with changing out ROMs, then learn to make full backups so you can easily restore if something breaks, but also learn to wipe data and cache on every switch unless the ROM developer states otherwise.

    Umm, He's talking alternate ROMs as well, not just FroYo. And App reinstallation is not 100% perfect, either. And my settings are all backed up with the exception of Call Log and SMS (IDGAF about Call Log, and SMS I back up using SMS Backup).

    Yes, even my WiFi settings are backed up and restored - and have been for a very long time now.

    There is that as well - but some folks cannot afford a $5 price tag so soon after getting this phone - the Data plan alone adds $360 / year in expenses....

    I have donated to a few devs, bought donation versions of apps, and bought numerous apps - I think I have spent like $70 in apps so far...

    *all* well worth it.
     

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