This is me, James Brooks, about to start on a journey.
You see, around this time last year I ditched my iPhone for a new love, a HTC Desire Android powered device.
The romance lasted a while, until I had more than 3 downloaded apps on the device, and then it turned into a nightmare.
You see, the HTC desire has a terribly low amount of internal storage, and I was used to the dizzy heights of iPhone internal storage.
I then started a daily process of my internal storage running too low, therefore causing me to need to clear caches, clear app data, uninstall and reinstall apps etc. Even when the latest version of Android came out which allowed transfer of some apps to the SD, I still had this problem.
So today, I bit the bullet. I am not hugely technical when it comes to these sort of things, I wouldn’t say that I have ever “hacked” a mobile device, but I had no choice. My Android was driving me mad, and I knew that if I rooted my Android, and installed a custom ROM which included something called Apps2SD, I would be able to actually store all of my apps on the SD card, plus all of the stupid apps that come with the phone that nobody wants would get removed too! Woop!
It took a few hours, and certainly some frustration with my family’s PC, but today I managed to:
- Root my HTC desire
- Backup the phone in it’s rooted state
- Partition my SD card
- Install a new ROM
- Reinstall all of the apps that I have paid for but weren’t able to have on my phone due to storage issues
I’d never done any of this before, but after digging for a while I found some great tutorials and I now couldn’t be happier! It feels like I have a new phone.
This was my rejoicing moment:
Have you ever customized a mobile device in any way? What was your experience like?