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  1. sjea0124

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    Hi everyone, my name is Eric and thought I would join as I am leaving ATT with the Iphone and moving over to Verizon and going Android.

    My wife and I have not purchased a phone yet but leaning towards Samsung Droid Charge, Lg Revolution or Droid X2. Still deciding on which one.

    I do have a JB Iphone 4 which never did like the fact that I had to JB just to get some basic features such as toggle switches for the phone. But I was no expert at all the "benefits" of JB'ing a phone. My friend did it for me and installed a few apps that improve performance of the phone.

    Been doing some reading on here and came across the themes sections and wondering:

    1. Do I need to root my phone to d/l and use themes others have made?

    • I never have been very good with designing my own style themes and just want to give my phone a more custom look
    2. Are the android apps much smaller in size then your apps out of Itunes?


    • My wife is thinking of the Droid Charge which only has 2gb onboard space which isn't much. I know it has an SD card but as for running apps smoothly and/or widgets you want them on the phone.

    I guess I am a bit confused as I always hear that Android is better than iOS in that you have the ability to do more customization and have more "freedom" with your device. But many seem to "root" their phones for more user customization?

    Thanks,
    Eric
     

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    Hello Eric and welcome to Android Forums. I do hope you enjoy the android side of the coin. Most root their devices so that they can remove some of the bloatware that seems to be forced on us consumers.. no matter which phone you purchase.
    I am using an unrooted Droid Incredible and have never felt compelled to root. It's a matter of choice. The beauty of the android os is that it's fairly easy to obtain root with the devices. Once root is obtained, many go on to use custom roms to gain features not available on the original rom. It's all a matter of choice. But... you do have the choice. With the use of these forums you will find all the help and advice on the devices you listed as future options. Here is an overview of the site. Just click into the different forums and read up.. ask questions and then go shopping as an informed consumer. http://androidforums.com/ Good luck and I hope you enjoy the forums.
     
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    Welcome to Android Forums!

    No ... and maybe. It really depends on the theme you are interested in. Most time an alternate launcher is all you will need (home screen) with the most popular being LauncherPro, ADW and GO Launcher. These can replace the manufacturers themes without rooting. If you want to alter the system messages, notifications or fonts, then you'd have to root and flash a custom rom.

    Again it's going to depend on the app. The average Android App (not counting data) is 1 ~ 2 mb. With modern phones, only the most app hungry users will tax that available space. You are correct that widgets and services do need to be run from the phone's internal memory to function correctly, but there's little performance hit to run all the other apps from the sd card, if space becomes a problem. You must realize that with Android phones coming with 12 - 16 GB of internal storage, usually they have it partitioned for a 2 GB system and 10 - 14 GB "sd card". You can also add an external sd card so you can remove it, although you won't be able to install any apps there (at least not easily.)
     

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