|This is copied from a comment I left for winneganfake:|
I love my HTC evo. Granted, I had to root it, install Cyanogenmod on it, and JuiceDefender, but now the battery can last DAYS.
Sure, I'll do my best to try to explain.
Installing JuiceDefender is easy, it's just an app and you install it like any other app.
Rooting the phone and installing cyanogenmod are somewhat riskier. But it's totally possible for someone who's not that into technology to do!
Rooting the phone gets into what we call the possibility of "bricking"—i.e. turning your phone into a brick. It also voids the warranty, technically—it's possible to unroot your phone and send it off for service, especially if you've made backups, but it's kind of a PITA if your phone's already acting up to do something like that.
Now, after those warnings, if you still want to proceed, the readme for rooting the phone and directions for rooting the phone. Here's another guide to rooting the phone that calls itself the idiot proof guide to rooting the Evo. It even has pictures! Very helpful.
If you're running Windows, you DO NEED to install special drivers for the Evo. it's the bit in bold text at the top.
Okay, great! So you've followed those directions and you have a rooted phone! Woot! But HTC crap and stock Sprint apps are staring at you and you want them gone. Plus your battery life is better since you installed JuiceDefender but it's still not that great--you're probably only getting around 10-12 hours out of a charge. So that's where Cyanogenmod comes in.
First off, MAKE A BACKUP. Depending on what you have installed, there can be different directions, but if you have Nandroid installed (as you will if you rooted your phone with unrevoked3) then directions for nandroid backup with clockwork mod.
Then how to flash ROMs in clockwork mod.
Hopefully that answers any questions you have. If you'd like clearer directions at any point, just ask.
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