Yeah, I totally get what you're saying, and I agree that it shouldn't be such an issue nowadays. I'm sorry the custom rom install failed so badly.Well, bootloader unlock went fine but custom rom install attempt was epic fail and now I cannot get by Mediatek's dumb secure boot crap. Even if I do manage to kludge this thing back to life again, I will not attempt to mod or reflash another modern Mediatek device EVER AGAIN. This is the type of stupidity this rant thread is all about and why I now just resorted to using VMOS for nerdy shenanigans that require root and stuff, because if the VM gets bricked I just reset app data and I'm back in business (it happened once already and I was back up in 5 minutes).
Yeah, I totally get what you're saying, and I agree that it shouldn't be such an issue nowadays. I'm sorry the custom rom install failed so badly.
That's great to hear. I've never had a Mediatek device, but I'll be sure to stay away from those.Nah, don't worry. The phone wasn't of any importance. Another reason I buy Samsung devices and like em' so much is that in the event I or some malware mess something up, I can use Odin to fix it in 10 seconds (I've known how to do it since I was 14 years old ). I used to not have anything against Mediatek (i even liked them quite a bit in a past life), but now I will steer clear of Mediatek devices at ALL COSTS.
I agree with you regarding custom launchers, icon packs, themes, APK installation and file management.I think I will be happy so long as I can use custom launchers, have APK installation ability and full file management, use custom icon packs and make asset-modded versions of apps for fun. VMOS is there for the low level stuff and that's that. I guess old nerd habits have to go at some point and be replaced with new ones... But if Android ever becomes iOS level locked-down I don't know what I will do. The low level power user kludging stuff on modern devices has become waaaaay too messy and complex even for a seasoned power user like me. I wish we could have Android 4.x all over again...
How in the world did you get the custom status bar? Is root needed for that?