Need some opinions on flashing different custom roms and kernels

Simonna

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Hello,what's your opinion on flashing different custom roms and kernels often? I mean every about 3 days or every week (sometimes even needed to flash on day two times because some roms or kernels are unstable and need reflashing) So what do you think about it? Does flashing somehow affecting phone? Or if you're flashing everything correctly (I mean for your specific phone model and etc..) won't have any affect for you phone?
Sorry for stupid question,but recently I just got one kind of flashaholic because I like to discover something new on roms and etc,so that's why I'm curious to see your opinions about flashing.. :)
 

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Hello,what's your opinion on flashing different custom roms and kernels often? I mean every about 3 days or every week (sometimes even needed to flash on day two times because some roms or kernels are unstable and need reflashing) So what do you think about it? Does flashing somehow affecting phone? Or if you're flashing everything correctly (I mean for your specific phone model and etc..) won't have any affect for you phone?
Sorry for stupid question,but recently I just got one kind of flashaholic because I like to discover something new on roms and etc,so that's why I'm curious to see your opinions about flashing.. :)

My opinion is once you think your ROM/kernel is stable, let it be for a week. That gives you ample time to see if there are any bugs, and test performance/battery drain.
 

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I agree. Let is settle for a while before making the opinion that it doesn't work. Get back in your normal usage routine for a few days and charge cycles before installing something else.

If you want to simply install different ROMs just to see what features are offered and how each performs, then by all means, flash away - there won't be any harm in doing so. Just make sure to backup a good, working ROM that you know if stable just in case you need to revert back to it.
 

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Hello,what's your opinion on flashing different custom roms and kernels often?
That it is usually more trouble than it's worth.

You should not ROM unless you have a specific reason to do so IMO. The only times I have done it was to restore Vanilla Android to a phone polluted with a vendor UI. I installed the Franco Kernel on my Nexus 4 only so that I could adjust the Gamma and get deeper blacks (there is apparently no way to do that without replacing the kernel).
 

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There is nothing wrong with flashing, it's just when you start taking short cuts that you can screw up. Follow all the steps outlined in said ROM, be 100% sure before flashing a ROM that it will work on your device. Granted it is a Nexus, so you won't have too many problems haha.
 

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That it is usually more trouble than it's worth.

You should not ROM unless you have a specific reason to do so IMO. The only times I have done it was to restore Vanilla Android to a phone polluted with a vendor UI. I installed the Franco Kernel on my Nexus 4 only so that I could adjust the Gamma and get deeper blacks (there is apparently no way to do that without replacing the kernel).
About what trouble do you mean?
 

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Best advice, take a nandroid backup of the stock OS then flash away. You can always restore the backup if things go south. I personally, have backups of stock kernels, boot animations and recovery. Kernels and boot animation is because I changed both (running franco) and can be used if I need to revert to stock, same for recovery.

Via my LG Nexus 5...
 

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Best advice, take a nandroid backup of the stock OS then flash away. You can always restore the backup if things go south. I personally, have backups of stock kernels, boot animations and recovery. Kernels and boot animation is because I changed both (running franco) and can be used if I need to revert to stock, same for recovery.

Via my LG Nexus 5...

I even couldn't imagine on flashing roms or kernels without making stock rom backup first. :D So it's the first thing that I do before flashing any custom roms,kernels or any other modifications: making stock rom backup.
 

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