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post #1 of 10
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Just recently took the plunge into the smartphone world. It's been good; I only got the LG Optimus One because it was free (technically it was -$75 because I got a gift card) and I'm not on any insane data plans since I essentially just want something to check the score of various NFL games when not at home and look up something to win arguments with friends.

Anyways, dove headfirst into apps for the first time and my phone slowed to a crawl. Like I said, I'm completely new to the whole smartphone thing and know they have their own OS's and such, so I was wondering if it was possible to download any trimmed down versions? Or is there like a RT7Lite for the Android OS? I use maybe 5% of the apps that they crammed on my phone and it's eating up my storage (I have an external SD card but I kept getting peppered with messages about using up all my space; and yes, it's installed correctly). I never have or will use facepage on my phone strictly out of principle and I don't want things like YouTube and all the other crap.

If asking this is against the ToS, by all means, shut 'er down. To reiterate: I'm new, so I really have no idea if this is legal or what. I just want a trimmed down phone.
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Well I don't really know much about your phone, but this is where you want to go if you want to flash ROMs for your phone.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=839
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Check out XDA, I got an optimus V running I.H.O. its pretty light. There are others though. You could just root your phone and buy titanium back up which will allow you to uninstall anything you want.

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I'd reccomend going with CyanogenMod 7.1. CM is the best custom ROM if you want something like "stock Android", very stripped, tons of useful features like notification widgets etc. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=946354

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=901247 <<-- All you need to know. Check there for root instructions, before you try to install CM7.

It probably looks complicated, just read the instructions, follow it to the letter. Those XDA guys have no sympathy for people who skip steps(ie, always back it up, flash ROM or root on a full charge, etc.).
 
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Originally Posted by CasanovaFly;15388227 
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Go to Applications > Manage Applications > Click on any of your installed apps and click on "Move to SD Card" each one of them. There you go. Also, Exit running apps, dont press the Home button, it'll just alt tab it, in computer terms.
   
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by gerickjohn;15389285 
Go to Applications > Manage Applications > Click on any of your installed apps and click on "Move to SD Card" each one of them. There you go. Also, Exit running apps, dont press the Home button, it'll just alt tab it, in computer terms.

Been doing this, but things still get a little boggy. Guess I just demand too much, but I want to test things out and see for myself.

To everyone else:

What the heck is a ROM? All these links sent me to the same site, but I have no idea what a ROM is or what I'd be looking for.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by CasanovaFly;15413335 
Been doing this, but things still get a little boggy. Guess I just demand too much, but I want to test things out and see for myself.

To everyone else:

What the heck is a ROM? All these links sent me to the same site, but I have no idea what a ROM is or what I'd be looking for.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=744807

A ROM is pretty much a system image; like a computer's OS.
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Unfortunately there isn't all that much you can do. The reason it was so cheap is because its using an ancient processor. Its basically a variant of the processor used in the G1, the first Android phone that came out 3 years ago as of yesterday.

Overclocking might help a little, but ultimately you're left using a Pentium 4 in a world that's already making the transition from Core 2 to Core i7.
    
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Originally Posted by nathris;15417648 
Unfortunately there isn't all that much you can do. The reason it was so cheap is because its using an ancient processor. Its basically a variant of the processor used in the G1, the first Android phone that came out 3 years ago as of yesterday.

Overclocking might help a little, but ultimately you're left using a Pentium 4 in a world that's already making the transition from Core 2 to Core i7.

This. Android flies on the newer phones. A dual core like galaxy 2 or sensation and the mighty CyanogenMod ROM is a liquid smooth experience.

Sent from my CyanogenModded HTC Sensation 4g.
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post #10 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kurt1288;15413643 
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=744807

A ROM is pretty much a system image; like a computer's OS.

Okay, thank you. That was succinct.
Quote:
Originally Posted by nathris;15417648 
Unfortunately there isn't all that much you can do. The reason it was so cheap is because its using an ancient processor. Its basically a variant of the processor used in the G1, the first Android phone that came out 3 years ago as of yesterday.

Overclocking might help a little, but ultimately you're left using a Pentium 4 in a world that's already making the transition from Core 2 to Core i7.

Understood. Not interested in overclocking, just playing with the software to maximize what I can.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr.m0x;15427958 
This. Android flies on the newer phones. A dual core like galaxy 2 or sensation and the mighty CyanogenMod ROM is a liquid smooth experience.

Sent from my CyanogenModded HTC Sensation 4g.

Those phones were not free and I could not get them with the dirt cheap carrier I went with. I played with the Galaxy II and it was fun, but also enormous. I'm a big man and I found that too big for a phone.
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