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#1 newbytotabs

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:17 AM

Hi,
I am new to Android tablets and during my research into which to buy, I have coma across a few things that I am uncertain about.

I thought buying a Tablet would be quite straight forward in that you buy, take it out of the box, and begin to use....

However, there are things th at I am unsure about, such as ::help:

- Flashing the ROM (?)
- Rooting ?
- Cfw ?

I would be very grateful if someone can explain these things to me - What do they mean ? What are the benefits ? How and why should they be done ? etc etc etc

Many thanks for sharing your wisdom

#2 ivanz

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:59 AM

Hi,
I am new to Android tablets and during my research into which to buy, I have coma across a few things that I am uncertain about.

I thought buying a Tablet would be quite straight forward in that you buy, take it out of the box, and begin to use....

However, there are things th at I am unsure about, such as ::help:

- Flashing the ROM (?)
- Rooting ?
- Cfw ?

I would be very grateful if someone can explain these things to me - What do they mean ? What are the benefits ? How and why should they be done ? etc etc etc

Many thanks for sharing your wisdom


1. Flashing the ROM (?) = Is like installing or reinstalling your Windows Operating System. Some Tablets from China as we all know does not have good reputation when it comes to "Out of the Box Functionality" Most of China MID Tablets are required to wait or flash updated firmware just to be able to get rid of some bugs and issues liek for example - PiPO Max-M3; some users here found them self having a PiPO Max-M3 with CPU frequency locked at 252MHz (supposed to be 1.6GHz max.) maybe an isolated issue. but luckily, PiPO has good Software Support so He gets latest firmware installed and fixed his PiPO Max-M3 problem.

If you think you are not capable enough performing Firmware Flashing (Flashing the ROM), I suggest you choose PiPO brand. PiPO has the most stable "Out of the Box" firmware installed on their Tablets, at-least comparable to some Branded Tabs. My PiPO U1 came with stock firmware 08.30.2012 and didn't even bother to replace it for almost 1-month coz it's working fine. Then I happen to read some comments here saying the latest firmware has more Power Optimized blah-blah-blah before I convince myself to upgrade the Firmware. But honestly, they all work flawlessly.

But sooner or later, I believe you will find yourself addicted to Firmware Flashing too... LoL

2. Rooting = Is gaining Full Privelage of the the Tablet, its like being Administrator on PC. As soon you root your Tablet, you can now able to install rooted apps like Titanium Backup Pro. Those apps won't work on non-Rooted device and no way it will work unless you give permissions on that App to do his job inside Android OS system files.

I do not recommend to root your Tablet immediately, be familiar with it. Search and study the Good and Bad side of Rooting.

3. CFW = Custom Firmware (a user customized firmware)

4. CWM = ClockWorkMod Recovery (A Recovery console for Android which is like DOS to Windows) you can perform full backup/restore of your Android OS using this plus many-many more.

Edited by ivanz, 15 October 2012 - 08:02 AM.


#3 boyangaZ

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:42 AM

agree with sir ivanz, when the time comes that you know how to flash ROMS, maybe you will likely to find and test all possible ROMS that you can on your unit...

happy flashing :drinks: