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That said, as with most things in North Korea, we may never know the real answer
Magic 8 ball
I actually love Opera's feeder. Clean, simple, not beholden to web services like Google. Of course, this comes with its own set of problems:
1) Requires installing another browser and a proprietary one at that
2) Opera's mail client is utter shit (hence the reason I use Thunderbird for my E-mail or I'd just use Opera and have a one-stop.
3) Opera tends to have good releases then buggy ones. Stick to the odd point releases.(12.11, 12.13, etc. 12.14 has issues with certain pages hanging again).
The big issue I have with Cyanogenmod is the fact that it can be very difficult to do right and you risk bricking the phone by doing it.
My wife has a LG Optimus 3D (LG Thrill 4G for those of you stateside) and the last update she received upgraded her from 2.2 to 2.3.5, which was a brutal abortion of a release. Bugs everywhere and eats battery life to beat hell. After researching it throughly I decided against doing anything to it because I had to root it, then make sure I had a kosher set of files and upgrades on it first, then install CM. Frankly, she lives on the thing and if I screw it up I'm dead.
Don't get me wrong, I think the people behind CM are brilliant and I have nothing but kudos for them, however the lack of a good installer stops me from taking the plunge.
Who knows? Our grandkids could be vacationing on Arsia Mons.