ok, can someone please help a total newbie? I am sick of the random reboots, and am ready to move forward with the MR2 update. I am scared though. I don't know what "data" will be wiped and how to backup this data. can anyone give me step by step instructions? I am not pretty computer litrate, but this root stuff is pretty foreign. thanks a bunch!
Data meaning everything on your phone except the SD card but you should back that up too just in case. Make sure your phone numbers are on your gmail or if you use back up assistant you will be fine. Your texts can be saved if you download an app. Your apps that you purchased can be downloaded again for free, I'm not sure if the free ones get saved. If you have anything saved on the phone like pictures or video you need to save them to your computer. I think that's it. Good luck.
Your free apps won't be saved but you can use appbrain to sync your list of installed apps making it easy to restore all the apps you had before. Note this allows you to easily redownload and install the apps again...so no saved app settings.
I flashed MR2 the other day (after holding out for official update) and all my Android Market apps auto downloaded. All I did was restore some application data and all is well. No reboots, GPS locks very quickly. I also grabbed Amazon market and reinstalled some of those apps as well. So far I am very happy. All-in-all like 2 hours (might want to use WiFi to re-download apps)