Do Custom ROMs give you more space for apps?

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I used to flash WM roms on a weekly basis. But that was the problem with WM... I had to redo my entire settings because my phone would slow down and my Touch Pro just wouldn't cut it. So here I am on the Optimus S and I am starting new with Android ROMs.

My question is do android roms such as Lego and Thunder increase the internal storage space for apps or decrease them? Will I get more "text message memory full" or less?

And just to be one hundred percent certain: I will have to reinstall all my apps and set everything up again, and there is no way this can be done for me through a backup...right? I don't completely understand the purpose of a nandroid backup!

My SW version is LS670ZV9.

Thanks!
 

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I used to flash WM roms on a weekly basis. But that was the problem with WM... I had to redo my entire settings because my phone would slow down and my Touch Pro just wouldn't cut it. So here I am on the Optimus S and I am starting new with Android ROMs.

My question is do android roms such as Lego and Thunder increase the internal storage space for apps or decrease them? Will I get more "text message memory full" or less?

And just to be one hundred percent certain: I will have to reinstall all my apps and set everything up again, and there is no way this can be done for me through a backup...right? I don't completely understand the purpose of a nandroid backup!

My SW version is LS670ZV9.

Thanks!

I only know about ThundeROM, but it greatly increases internal storage space for apps. I don't know how that plays in to your text message memory full errors as I delete text messages as soon as I've dealt with them, but if they use up the same block of storage as apps, then you'll have more space for them.

In general, the first time you go from stock to a custom ROM or when you jump from ROM to ROM, you need to completely wipe your phone clean. However, once you are on a custom ROM and you want to upgrade to the next release of that same ROM, more often than not you do not need to do a full wipe before upgrading.

A nandroid backup is like a complete system restore. It's all or nothing. Today I was trying a fix to a particular freezing bug that has been impacting some folks. The proposed fix required a full system wipe. If the fix worked, great. If not, I could just restore my most recent nandroid backup and no harm, no foul.

There is something called a Titanium backup that backs up your apps and settings (I think - I've never used it). This is the program that many people use to reinstall their apps and settings en mass after wiping and installing a new ROM or doing some other action where a complete nandroid backup would revert the change that they want to keep. You may want to look in to that, but I've heard that it doesn't back up text messages - I could be wrong, though.
 

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I used to flash WM roms on a weekly basis. But that was the problem with WM... I had to redo my entire settings because my phone would slow down and my Touch Pro just wouldn't cut it. So here I am on the Optimus S and I am starting new with Android ROMs.

My question is do android roms such as Lego and Thunder increase the internal storage space for apps or decrease them? Will I get more "text message memory full" or less?

And just to be one hundred percent certain: I will have to reinstall all my apps and set everything up again, and there is no way this can be done for me through a backup...right? I don't completely understand the purpose of a nandroid backup!

My SW version is LS670ZV9.

Thanks!

Like on WinMo, depends on the ROM cooker. I believe though you will see significant improvements with all the ROMs (4?) being offered for the Optimus S, as the chefs have removed the Sprint bloatware and have taken advantage of Davlik cache. In regards to the apps, if you are already rooted, you can try MyBackup Root from the market to save your apps and their settings. After flashing, you can then just get that app from the market and then use it to restore all your others. It's been working very well for me.
 

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My Experience with this set up is a stock Optimus comes with 164mb of space and requires a singe sprint ID pack to be installed, the best I found to have the least crappola installed is Clean ID leaving me with about 144mb of intenal space. I found many IDs lead to much Fat build up like winders does.
After a custom Rom you probably should have 154mb THats what is posted in the Rom thread and seems to be fairly accurate.
You must be Rooted to use Titanium Backup.
You can try Backup Everything. Seems to work good and not need root.
 

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I used to flash WM roms on a weekly basis. But that was the problem with WM... I had to redo my entire settings because my phone would slow down and my Touch Pro just wouldn't cut it. So here I am on the Optimus S and I am starting new with Android ROMs.

My question is do android roms such as Lego and Thunder increase the internal storage space for apps or decrease them? Will I get more "text message memory full" or less?

And just to be one hundred percent certain: I will have to reinstall all my apps and set everything up again, and there is no way this can be done for me through a backup...right? I don't completely understand the purpose of a nandroid backup!

My SW version is LS670ZV9.

Thanks!

You might want to try nRom 1.5.2

You do not have to wipe data or lose any apps

It can be flashed right over the stock Sprint Rom

It will also move the dalvik-cache from the data partition to the cache partition

This will free up a LOT more space for apps on the data partition.

Running 1.5.2 - I currently have about 161 MB total space available for installs
 

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Depending on how deep you would like to go into the rabbit hole...

There are people who have claimed to be using apps2sd or another variant in this forum. This basically creates a location on your sd card that the rom will look at as the location to place your applications. I am not sure if there are any size limitations as far as an upper limit is concerned. I did have this modification working on my Hero, and I had at least 80 additional apps than what CM6 included at the time.

If you are going to venture into anything that will look at your sd card as an integral piece of your system, you may also want to invest in at least a class 6 sd card from a reputable company. The higher the class the higher the minimum guaranteed transfer rate. I use a 16G Class 10 in mine.
 

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Alright, nRom seems like it is a great rom for me to flash to first. I am running the V9 version and it seems that doesn't even matter. But I am having some trouble... how do I get to the custom recovery screen? This is confusing!
 

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Alright, nRom seems like it is a great rom for me to flash to first. I am running the V9 version and it seems that doesn't even matter. But I am having some trouble... how do I get to the custom recovery screen? This is confusing!


Follow the guides in the forums for rooting v9 and then flash a custom recovery (you have a couple options). Once you have that, you can flash one of four roms.

Sent from my Gingerbreaded NookColor using Tapatalk...
 

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I use nRom. I bought my phone with VC on it and followed one of the guildes on here how to downgrade to V9. there I rooted using Z4root and then I added a custom recovery (needed) then you make an andoid back up (simple one click in the phones DOS) then your free to flash anything you want.

since you run V9, dont use the Z4root because I suggest you set up your ABD and have the android sdk. root it manually THEN you'll be ready because everything after that, it becomes easy.

PLEASE PRESS THE THANKS BUTTON ONE THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF MY POST
 

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An nandroid back up is like a windows hard drive partition that backs up your entire system (windows recovery), so if anything goes wrong you dont have an "expensive paper weight" You make this right after you make a custom recovery and before you flash a ROM
 

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