So, alot of mixed reviews here and there.
Which Jelly Bean ROM would be the most stable with the best battery life (with or without cutomizations)?
You won't find much about it on these boards (I'm not sure why, but there it is), but I've seen nothing but good things from Euroskank's CM10's nightlies. Search around on google to read more about it.
So, help out a total noob with nightlies. Do these people just flash their phone with something new every night? Do they wipe it too? I have my phone so personalized and so many apps that I have to log into that it sounds like a total nightmare to be flashing multiple times a week. Is it in general people who use their phone more for an actual phone, as opposed to a PDA-type device?
Personally I don't care about every update. If you go through the changes made since your last update, there may not be a good reason to update every version. Perhaps they implemented some changes that I don't care about, and it would just be a waste of time and bandwidth to download the new nightly. Recently I have been building a nightly with some cherry picks for myself about every other day.
Do you have to wipe? Most of the time no. There are some exceptions to this rule, but I don't wipe every nightly. If I notice a problem that I would think may not be ROM/app related, I may do a wipe before the next one. Or depending on bad the problem is, I may do a wipe and reinstall sooner. I have gotten my backup > wipe > flash > restore process down to a science, to where it is almost painless. Outside of Google's two step authentication and a little time (quite a bit of which is the phone doing it's own thing), I don't object to a wipe at all.
Thanks for the info. Good to know. If you do, what do you use to back up your data when you flash? I would hate setting up my phone every time! I want to try ROMs out, but that's my primary roadblock.
1 - Make a backup with titanium backup. I backup everything, data and system data.
2 - Make an update.zip of TiBu if I haven't done one in a while (this is an option in TiBu). This app updates quite often, so I do this semi-frequently.
3 - Using a custom launcher make a backup of my screen setup and it's settings. Apex, Nova, Holo, and many others exist out there. If you don't change settings or setup of launcher, you may not have to update this as often.
4 - If ROM has option make a backup of it's settings. Not all ROMs have this option. Roman from AOKP has made a backup app for AOKP in the market as an example. Some have options built in.
5 - Reboot into recovery.
6 - Make a full backup. To be completely honest, I skip this step sometimes (quite often actually). Not really recommended to skip this step, but I do dumb things from time to time out of laziness.
7 - Perform installation method (wipe, install, install gapps, and installing TiBu from it's update.zip...etc).
8 - Reboot into Android and sign into gmail.
9 - Restore apps and data (no system data) via TiBu.
10 - Restore ROM settings. If there wasn't a backup option, this may have to be done manually. Some may have to be done manually regardless.
11 - Restore stuff via launcher's restoration options.
12 - Reboot and enjoy.
Note this is just my process, there are many different ways to achieve similar results. While it seems long, it only sets me back ~20 minutes, a lot of which doesn't require my attention. The TiBu parts are the longest, and were I not such an app hoarder, I could probably accomplish a lot of this in close to half the time. I tend to do this while I am playing a game, watching TV/movie, or browsing the internet. I don't do this every day, so ~20 minutes here and there isn't so bad imo. I haven't done a full wipe in over a week now.