Finally done with my Gnex and moving to Razr maxx due to tons of issues with 6 different GNex's. Can some one walk me through all the stuff I need to do to run Liquid or one of those AOSP type ICS Roms. I don't understand safe strap and also rooting the Razr. Please treat me as a noob to this phone because I am. Although I am very good on the GNex its virtually unbrickable and being a Moto product I know I can brick it. Just a step by step tutorial with download links would be appreciated. Only thing I know about the phone is that its certified like new from Verizon so I'm not sure if it will come with ICS or GB installed. Really wanting an AOSP like ICS Rom w/ Pulldown toggles (4g toggle too)... run Liquid on my Gnex right now and love it... but I'm sure there are others. Also through reading is there an ICS AOSP rom w/o data issues.
Thanks so much.
Edit: Found out it will ship with GB.
Edit #2: I do love AOKP as well... is it fully functioning on the Razr?
AOKP is fully functioning in a way, it's incredibly stable and fast but (for me anyway) has data problems. Other have reported no data problems so I'd say its a hit and miss type thing.
Safestrap is basically a CWM Recovery substitute, since RAZR can't have CWM due to it's locked bootloader. It allows the flashing of custom ROMS without the worry of bricking. Safestrap creates a second system for your phone to run on, so if there's trouble, you can always go back to the first system that works. So, if something happens to your ROM or you brick your phone, theres nothing to worry about. You simply boot up in to Safestrap and revert back to your old system. (Safestrap comes up before the boot animation so you don't have to worry about being bootlooped and not being able to get in to recovery).
To root go get Matt's Utility 1.6 and follow instructions. Its beyond simple. Put the phone in Charge Only, enable USB Debugging, hit the root option in the utility.
In terms of AOSP ROMS, I reccomend Eclipse ICS (I use that one) or The Arctic (haven't tried but I hear it's great). They are both based off the ICS OTA, so you'll want to get on that before doing any ROMS.
Before flashing Safestrap or any ROMS, make sure you're on the ICS OTA! (You can either wait for the official or you can manually flash it yourself, I reccomend this video if you want to flash it yourself.
Also, I think these videos would help you out greatly (: They helped me when I first got my RAZR.
Safestrap is basically Bootstrap, just with added safety. Instead of just flashing the ROM, you enable safemode then flash the ROM. If something should happen (like bricking) you can disable safe mode and you'll be back on your stock ICS working fine.
Don't flash bootstrap simply because safestrap is safer, and most (if not all) ROMS for ICS require Safestrap.
Thanks so much for he help. So ur saying take the OTA or manually install ICS OTA. Then root and then install safestrap. Boot to safe strap and then install the ICS rom of my choice in safe strap and then profit... right?
Install ICS OTA using the video I posted in my first post.
You're now on ICS, Root ICS.
Install Safestrap 2.0 for ICS.
Boot to Safestrap, enable Safe-Mode.
Flash ICS ROM of choice.
Now you're on an ICS ROM ^.^ But if you brick or something goes wrong and you can't get in to your phone.
Boot in to Safestrap
Voila you're now back on the stock ICS OTA rooted (:
Yes I believe there is overclocking but it's not something I do and don't know much about. Have a look around the forums.
One more thing I cannot stress enough, make sure you have a lot of battery power! (85%+) Because, for some odd reason, the process of using recovery to do things uses a crap-ton of battery power. If your phone dies while it's doing something in recovery, you'll be bricked and your phone won't charge.
So now I have AOKP running with safestrap on. Let's say I wanna flash another from. With safe strap mode on do I just format system/data/cache/dalvik like on other phones and then flash the new rom? If so its like safe strap creates an entirely different main system to the phone... correct?