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Should i install a custom ROM

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Valiceemo, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Valiceemo

    Valiceemo Guest
    Thread Starter

    As new android user still very much in the learning phase i am undecided as to wher i should go for a custom ROM.

    As a new user is it really worth me doing this?

    What major benefits would i see / gain?

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  2. boathead

    boathead Android Enthusiast

    kind of hard to say, what with the wealth of info you've provided about your device and version of android.:)

    all that can be said for sure is that your operating version will change, for better or for worse. i've ALWAYS run into some bug on a custom rom that "bugs" the %^&% out of me, even if it is a feature that i never use. just that the bug is there, and i know it is there, bothers me.

    that said, i'm bored today and am gonna try flashing omni rom on my n7.

    beware, i have 2 devices that i've bricked by playing around with stuff that i didn't understand. if your temperament is such that you can handle the anguish that goes with this, have at it!
  3. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    If your that new to android I would suggest you start by just learning the system your on. Then you can start to explore with different ROMS. Start with the link that Thom gave you and feel free to always ask questions about that which you do not understand.
  4. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    I agree. Only root when you come across a good reason to do it and then only flash a rom if you arent happy with the stock firmware :thumbup:
  5. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    It all depends on how comfortable you are with tinkering. The most important thing you can get at this stage is more information. Read the directions for your device multiple times before attempting them, and ask any questions you have. Were here to help :)

    I rooted my first android device within about a month of receiving it. Not because I felt like I was missing features but just to see what the possibilities were. Root isn't for everyone, but all my devices have been rooted since.
  6. dibblebill

    dibblebill Android Expert

    My first task when I get a new phone: Google "MANUFACTURER MODEL root" :p Then "MANUFACTURER MODEL ROMs" (i.e. Samsung Galaxy Victory root, then Samsung Galaxy Victory ROMs).

    But that's me. Only bother with custom ROMs, as stated, if you don't like your phoen's default features and appearance, really. Rooting should only be done as-needed. I utilize many root-access apps, so not having it is out of the question for me.
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  7. PaulS

    PaulS Android Enthusiast

    As some of the above and further.I rarely update anything unless I find a function I need works with the update.Some updates I've found to be,"Downgrades" :pcguru:
  8. Some of us don't root activated devices because it violates the warranty and if anything goes wrong we might have to replace it at full price.

    An un-activated device or one that is out or warranty would not have this issue.

    ... Thom
  9. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    If you really want to play, might I suggest you pick up an older working Android phone cheap from eBay or Craigslist? I'd recommend you look for a model by the same manufacturer as your current phone because even though the specifics will be different, the process will be similar enough to let you know if you want to do it. For example, Samsung's flagship, the S4 is around $520.00 on Amazon while you can pick up an old working Galaxy S for between $50 and $75 depending on the condition. Then you can root and flash and modify without worrying about messing up your current phone.

    Once you get a feel for it and are comfortable with the steps and procedures, then you can make an informed decision to root and flash your daily driver.
  10. Valiceemo

    Valiceemo Guest
    Thread Starter

    thanks eveyone, some good points.
    i have no problem with tinkering..im a bit of a nerd!

    ill have a read through some of the links and see if rooting would give me any real benefit.
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  11. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    if you are new to android..
    each manufacture has their own skin flavor.. and benefits .. advantages and disadvantages...

    so I would NOT try ROMs.. till you know what you want .. and not want.

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