Re: 4.3 GE ROM
First off, I follow the Kangabean thread and it definitely gets good reviews from 90% of people...some have issues which seem to be sorted out rather quickly by the helpful dev and others. The main issue for most is that the latest version of 4.3 requires a custom kernel to run...there's no way around this and custom kernels allow users to make a LOT of mistakes. Stick to the recommended settings and you'll be fine. Regardless, Kangabean gives you the choice between a) latest OTA version requiring ktoonsez's custom kernel (the most popular custom kernel) b) latest OTA version using the Faux Kernel (basically stock kernel with modified security settings just to make it work without any other kernel changes) c) the previous 4.3 build that was able to use the totally stock kernel, for those who don't want to deal with the kernel issues.
Originally Posted by quietlybrilliant
Anyways, regarding backups, make sure to read the post in my signature and learn about Nandroid backups. This is the best, most comprehensive, backup available for Android. If you do this backup before flashing a ROM...you can revert back to it at ANY time and it will be as if you never flashed the ROM. You can use it to switch between ROMs as you wish...it's like a time machine for your phone. Titanium Backup, on the other hand, is useful in other ways. It will back up your apps and their data. You can use it to restore individual apps and data or batch restore everything...or just restore all data, or all apps, etc. This is often useful because when restoring, you often do not want to restore everything as it can create issues, especially when switching between ROMs. It's usually best to set up everything from scratch when first installing a new ROM...though you can use Titanium Backup to just restore all your apps. Note that Titanium Backup can even read your Nandroid backup and let you pick out specific apps/data from it to restore...but again, Nandroid is for EVERYTHING.