Originally Posted by Vexarana
1. But what am I missing out on from 4.2.2 VS 4.3? And what do I really gain from 4.0.4 to 4.2.2?
2. There was another thread mentioning spyke555's CM10.1 4.2.2 ROM and I looked at the thread here (http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2217288
) but hasn't been updated in several months. The last post in the thread had this suggested for different ROMs but I have no idea how to tell the differences or make a choice between them. What should I be looking for?
3. What is the difference between kernel / ROM / etc? I'm getting the impression that the kernel is more of a BIOS for the phone, and ROM's are the OS? Am I on the right track here? I've seen people say kernel affects the battery life and base performance more though, so the kernel also has some OS functionality in the hardware department?
4. I'm not a power-user by any means, but I just want to wake up my phone a little bit and get rid of the AT&T bloatware that is all over the phone.
5. Is there a way through Odin or some other program that I can push a custom ROM to my phone while hooked to the computer?
1. 4.3 has bugs not found in 4.2.x but in my opinion doesn't bring new mentionable features around. Interface does change a little and some additional settings like tweaking button backlight is added. I see these latest CM builds as a showcase of what our device is capable of, i.e. if we can run a CM10.2 then we can potentially run all kinds of Android 4.3-based ROMs. All non-stock ROMs (CM, Liquid, PAC) completely gets rid of AT&T bloats (phone runs much faster and with more free RAM) and try to bring in more customization, like CM's cLock and PAC's HybridProperties. In this case the 4th question is answered: a custom ROM would be the shortest cut to a bloat-free experience.
2. I don't think there's a need for an update to CM10.1 (latest is 10.1.2), because it's really stable apart from those bugs that exists across all non-TouchWiz ROMs. I'm using this as well (this post is sent from my Glide with CM10.1.2). If you want drastic changes in the interface, look at PAC, but prepare to sacrifice stability. And if you strive for more speed, Liquid should be okay (lower Android version usually means faster).
3. Await others' more exact answers (I usually don't use custom kernels), though kernel provides driver for all hardware and determines CPU/GPU frequency, governor, etc., so performance and battery life are all tied to it.
5.You have TWRP - superb! If you haven't set up ADB first, do it. Then in TWRP, go to Advanced-ADB Sideload, swipe to continue and connect Glide to PC. from PC, open a command prompt window and type "adb sideload **path to your ROM zip on PC**".
Good patience if you've gone through all my opinions
Sent from Samsung Captivate Glide @ CM10.1.2
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