Just wanted to let everyone know that I got my Thunderbolt day before yesterday and did all my research here. Had a DX and loved the Android system. Was not liking the Sense and heard from you all that it is a resource hog.
So...last night I rooted with Revolutionary method (no problems at all!)
After that I noticed the most recent release of CM7 had come out so I backed up my current rom with ROM manager then installed CM7.
Everything works as far as I can tell.
Saw some had issues with using Swype on Handcent with the auto spacing. It works fine on Handcent for me but I use Dolphin Mini browser and there the auto space does not work for searches.
So in order I did the following:
Rooted (Revolutionary) ***
Backed up ROM
Downloaded CM7 and Google Apps
Installed CM7 through ROM manager
Used WiFi to download/install Radio (Should have downloaded everything before install but live and learn)
Downloaded RootCheck App (Ran it to verify boot)
Downloaded Barnacle WiFi Tether (It works)
Downloaded JuiceDefender Premium (works well)
Downloaded SwypeBeta and installed
Now I have a BadASS TB with CM7 Rom.
It is fast as hell but some may think the smooth transition is slow...its just not abrupt like some ROMs...smooth and fast transitions!
And the juice defender makes my battery last as well as my DX did at least. I am still learning to configure JD and once that is done I think the battery life will improve drastically!
Not sure if I can answer any questions being fairly new (To the TB anyway...I rooted and ROMed the hell out of my DX) but I will gladly try!
Thank you all again for all the great advice!!!
*** be advised that when you look up the revolutionary method there is a youtube video embedded in the website. During the rooting process he refers to a SU video download link...it is not in the site where the video is embedded. Just follow the video directly to youtube and in the video info section the SU file is there for download.
PS: DO NOT FORGET THAT IF YOU ARE TIRED OF YOUR CURRENT SMART PHONE (WITH VERIZON ANYWAY) THEY MAY TAKE YOURS ON TRADE IN...GOT ALMOST $100 FOR MY DX SO MY TB ONLY COST ME $100 TOTAL!!!