I finally rooted my Optimus V phone. The only reason I took the risk was that I was running out of internal memory and I needed to either get rid of some of the bloatware that comes on the phone or delete apps that I wanted to keep.
I used GingerBreak 1.2 which I got from here. It worked fine. Then I used Root Uninstaller Free to uninstall these stock apps:
Then I used Titanium Backup * Root to force my ATT Uverse app to the sd card because it is the biggest app on my phone (13mb). I would have just removed the ATT Uverse app but sometimes I really want to remotely set my DVR to record something while I’m out.
After all that, I still have 47mb free.
I looked into adding Adobe Flash. I downloaded Flash apk 10.2 from some site because the market won’t let me install Flash 11. It installed OK. I tried to download the apk for version 11 but it would not install. Flash 10.2 might have worked but Crackle only works with Flash 11 so I gave up, uninstalled Flash 10.2 and called it quits.
I also looked into overclocking but I don’t think it is worth risking bricking the phone.
My 3g still isn’t perfect but it works most of the time. The biggest complaint I have is how it sucks the battery dry from time to time. I still use the free taob (toggle airplane on boot) app from the Market. I’m home most of the time so I’m on wifi and luckily wifi works great. As much as I’ve had problems with the 3g, I still am glad I got this phone at the $25/mo price when it was still available at that price.
I’ve been looking into getting the new Motorola Triumph or HTC Wildfire S or Optimus Slider. The cheaper 2 have the same problem – low internal memory like the Optimus V. The Triumph has other problems like the size is a bit big for my liking.