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Re: Another Droid Noob
Unfortunately I know nothing about your device. I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace. It's a lower end device, but I squeeze what I can out of it. I rooted mine, so I can do more than it usually does, but sometimes I ask too much of it and it coughs.
Originally Posted by AllThumbz
If you decide to stick with Android, get a great device if you can. The Galaxy S3 is a wish of mine, but there are many other great ones. Look for one with lots of internal RAM (say 16Gb - Mine has about 0.25 Gb, so I depend on SD card / Link2SD) and with a great processor.
Do you need root? Maybe not. Only go for it if you really want to do something that can't be done without it. A rooted phone may once in a while do something weird, like reboot. Not frequent, but expected. Seldom happens to mine.
If you can do a full backup of the ROM before rooting, that would be great, but you probably can't. So first thing to do one you've rooted is to look for an alternative Recovery mode that will backup your ROM/RAM and all (a NAND backup). Maybe your device's recovery mode does that already? I doubt it. On my Galaxy Ace I put a specific version of Clockwork Mod, which does such backup. And do a backup once in a while, in case something goes terribly wrong. But since I don't tweak around much now, nothing should go wrong.
There's a lot to learn. Search the forums and ask if needed.