when you restore, make sure you backup your phone first. if you haven't done a backup in a while, it will ask you before you do the restore if you want to make one. then you can safely restore to factory settings then at the end of the restore it will ask you if you want to install the backup you just made, and voila.. all apps and contacts and texts are still there. the only thing is i had to resync all my songs again but that was done automatically.
supposedly the apps don't crash as much, the yellow-ish tint (which i never noticed to begin with) is gone, and the overall performance should be improved slightly. according to what i've read..
read my post.. i just said it did nothing to LOSE any information from before i restored my phone. i got scared too since i spent an hour manually inputting contacts (was too lazy to put them on outlook prior to purchasing) but it's safe.
at least it worked for me.. backing up before restoring i mean.
My phone, personally, looks the same screenwise with either firmware.
It might be slightly more responsive from menu to menu, but nothing majorly noticeable.
There was some lag going to the search option in contacts from the home screen, which is very minimal now. Overall the phone works well and I don't have too many crashes which are confined to downloaded apps thus far.
It's only been a week so everyone here is still in discovery and feeling out mode. More info will be gathered in the coming weeks.
Yes it's safe, but.......Back up everything! I thought I had everything backed up on iTunes, but I remember stopping it because it was taking so long....Too bad I just remember it as I was restoring the phone damn...I got everything back as it was in iTunes but all my contacts are gone....Now I gotta go around getting everyone's numbers again..So MAKE SURE YOU BACK UP YOUR PHONE! Don't pull a n00b move like I did.