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I've got Dad a Galaxy Nexus as Christmas present. Being the obsessive tinkerer that I am, I already loaded CM10.1 nightlies on it. But I don't want to take care of the phone for ever.

He's a normal computer user, not exactly a noob in gadgets, so how do I explain rooting, custom recvory and ROMs in clear, non-jargon language? Last time I tried to explain, he stopped me at custom recovery and said he's better off using what I loaded on his Galaxy Ace.

The problem with that approach is that it leaves him incapable of solving all the minor niggles that come with custom ROMs. Also, I live on campus (college) and troubleshooting online would be so much easier if he knows the basics.

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    Both of the above eventually point to android.stackexchange.com/questions/2885/…
    – Peanut
    Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 20:01
  • @Peanut I was working my way through the duplicate tree, but my phone went mad and pressed enter on that one before I could go further.
    – Liam W
    Commented Dec 25, 2012 at 2:04
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    Cyanogenmod only adds features for tinkerers in case of Nexus hardware. Leave it on Google's original firmware, it's also safer. I bet your dad will not miss root, openvpn, overclocking and all the rest hat CM adds. It's a different story for phones like the Galaxy Ace, though, when it adds new features like Voip, voice chat in Gtalk, etc.
    – ce4
    Commented Dec 25, 2012 at 3:20


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