So having finally grown enough cojones, I decided to root my HTC Desire HD and install CyanogenMod. Why didn’t I do it sooner? I was scared of bricking it. The phone that is.
Having done so, I am so pleased. It’s like I have a new device: it’s snappy, responsive, fresh-looking and exciting. I can take screenshots — yes, that wasn’t possible before — or install a firewall; I can even operate it from my desktop. How awesome is that?
Going forward, because you’re not relying on your carrier to pre-package the latest and greatest version with their bloatware, you can get updates to the Android platform almost as quick as they’re made available by Google. Furthermore, you get the ROMs listed for your device within a neat little app called ROM Manager that’ll even take care of backing up your system prior to upgrading. It’s very impressive (if a little script-kiddie-ish!).
My favourite thing — apart from having the ability to restrict apps via DroidWall — has to be what I mentioned earlier: using my phone from my desktop PC. AndroidScreenCast utilises the Android SDK to let you point-and-click on your phone from your PC, all via USB. It works really well — if a little slow at times — and means I don’t have to keep picking my phone up to reply to SMS and so-on. It’s a great little tool.
Hell, I might even start contributing to it soon. It’s all open source and in Java; perfect!