Every new computer I’ve ever purchased has arrived loaded with tons of junk software. I recently upgraded to a smartphone and noticed the same thing was true: tons of junk applications that I didn’t want or need. Cid

Getting rid of them all was not easy. I went with CyanogenMod, an open source operating system for your phone. Actually, it’ll run on tons of devices – ranging from the Kindle Fire, the Nook, Droid devices, to Samsung (sorry, no iPhones yet).

The rabbit hole goes pretty deep, but may be worth a look if you’re ready to separate the wheat from the chaff.