I got tired of running out of room for apps on my phone, especially with some of the sweet games I wanted to play. So I figured I’d go for a custom ROM finally, that gets rid of the pre-loaded Sprint junk and otherwise just works fine. gROM fits that bill nicely, while adding some nice features (overclocking, Flash). I won’t bore you with the details, only link you to this step by step guide on how to root and flash a new ROM. It worked perfectly for me.
My impressions so far – I can definitely feel the slight speed increase from the overclock. After restoring all of my apps, and adding back a few I had been forced to uninstall to save space, I still have 75mb of app space free. That’s a far cry from bouncing between 15-20mb free and having to clear app cache all the time to get rid of the ‘you are running low on storage’ message. I haven’t noted any issues with the various apps I’ve tried running since the switch (Plume, Gmail, Facebook, Draw Something, Fruit Ninja, G+, Nook, Llama, and others). I haven’t tried anything that uses Flash, but really, I didn’t need that on this phone.
I last rooted my Hero, and this was even easier. I highly recommend this to any Optimus S owner who is trying to make their phone feel useful for a few more months, while awaiting Sprint’s new LTE 4G phones.