New to roms, help me decide
Hey all, so I'm kinda new to custom roms and wonder if anyone can help me find a rom with the things I want. Here's what I'd like to have in a rom aside from a speedy lag free interface
-Bug free GPS
-Unthrottled data(or the ability to install a mod to have data unthrottled)
Too picky? Please let me know
Thanks in advanced
- 03-16-2011, 06:57 PM #2
Hey there, I'm pretty new to all this also so you might want advice from someone who has tried all of them, but that said, I've tried Liberty 1.5 and Apex 1.4.1, and Apex is my favorite. Liberty has a Toolbox that is sort of like an app where you can add various themes and adjust different things about the OS. You can also add back some Blur options, like the camera interface and gallery (which I did at the time because Liberty doesn't have an HD camera) but it's easy to fix. I think Liberty is probably the best for beginners because it's pretty straightforward. I cannot however remember if there was an option to turn off data throttling. The GPS was totally fine.
Apex is a little less user-friendly, but only slightly. Using the Apex Toolbox was really nowhere near as intimidating as I thought it would be. The toolbox in Apex is based in the Terminal Emulator. Basically you type "su" to allow superuser access and then "apextoolbox." It's really self-explanatory from there. There are some instructions around the forums and on the web, and I believe Fab has a wiki page about using it. There is definitely an option to turn off data throttling in the Apex Toolbox. I've used the GPS, and zero problems so far. The Blur camera/HD recording remain, and there are also options to add more Blur stuff too. Apex is more blurry than Liberty.
I ended up with Apex because Liberty made my phone do weird things, like randomly reboot. I had to pull the battery at least once a day, and that just drove me crazy. I've read and heard that this situation is pretty phone-dependent though. Having tried both, Apex runs faster on my phone and I like the options it has better.
Good luck with all this!
- 03-16-2011, 07:31 PM #3
- 03-16-2011, 07:57 PM #4
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- 03-17-2011, 02:15 AM #6
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Well, as you can see, there is one answer for ROMs. Droid-life.com did a survey recently and found that liberty was the ROM in charge right now. But that was before apex 1.4 dropped, so I don't know now.
I've used liberty, apex and darkslide:
Favorite (and highly recommended for beginners) is Liberty. Before you do anything, go to liberty setting and change the "keep in memory" to 50 rather then 25. That will solve the weird reboot issue on a lot of phones. It did for mine, I'd say 90% of the time. Admittedly, I get a random reboot once every 2 or 3 days. But the ease of the ROM makes it worth it, and knowing that the new version will drop in a few week, and KEJAR has said he found the source of the reboots - makes it not worth changing right now.
I've used Apex 1.4. I found INCREDIBLY klunky. So much so that I rewiped everything and reinstalled, and still was shocked at how slow the thing was. I did not like it at all, and was very annoyed with the blur that it kept (if you have a rooted phone, may as well have wycontacts, it's 100 times better and includes facebook sync unlike stock android phones).
Darkslide was okay. I frankly hate the look of it. I couldn't find a single benefit over liberty, so I just went back to liberty.
I can tell you A LOT of people will swear by their ROMs without ever actually trying any other ROMs. There are sub-category android fanboys that run rampant all over these parts. You won't know which ROM works best until you suck it up and try a few.
- 03-17-2011, 04:40 AM #7
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- 03-17-2011, 07:01 AM #9
Using Apex 1.4.1 right now. Had Liberty, Liberty 1.5 was nice - but didn't seem as solid as the previous version on my DroidX - others swear by it.
Apex 1.4.1 has been rock solid for me. No reboots - excellent speed. Waiting for Liberty or Apex to release a new version before I flash again.Thanks,
Kyo7135 - Treo600 - Treo650 - Treo 700 - BlackBerry 8800 - Blackberry 9000 - Droid - Storm 2 (failed Experiment) - Droid - Droid X - iPhone4S (waiting to come back to Android with HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4)
- 03-17-2011, 10:27 AM #10
The best thing to do is pick a couple you like and give em a try for a while. I've tried Apex, (my favorite), Darkslide and Liberty.
Certain ROMs work better on different phones. Liberty was very buggy for me , it's a great ROM though, very user friendly.
I haven't tried Rubix yet but I am thinking about it. I just hate having to re-install everything and re-tweak again.
- 03-17-2011, 10:41 AM #11
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- 03-17-2011, 04:48 PM #15
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+1 on Apex
I rooted a few months ago and finally went to a custom ROM last week with Apex. I can't speak to any others since Apex is the only one I have used but can say that it is far superior to stock in pretty much every way.
I do prefer the blur SMS and Mail apps and couldn't get them to install using the toolbox, but it isn't that big of a deal.
- 03-17-2011, 10:32 PM #16
- 03-18-2011, 05:03 AM #17
RubiX is running so good tho be tough decision when to try it out,,,, when the release happens lol
SGSIII : White 32 gb model with 32 gb sdcard
RoM : CleanRom 5.5.1_ jb
Kernel : n/a
So far I like Apex a lot...the only quirk I had with it was the Toolbox. I attempted to load an alternative keyboard and the end result left with me with Swype only. So I had to flash the gingerbread keyboard in recovery. Is this a problem with all Apex Roms or did I do something wrong. Also is there a fix? The toolbox has some really neat features I'd like to take advantage of.
- 03-18-2011, 08:19 PM #19
You know, after I posted I had this problem too. It was pretty minor so I didn't freak out much, but I also wonder why it happened! I ended up downloading XDA's Gingerbread keyboard apk, since I know I'm in the minority but Swype is just unusable for me. I tried reinstalling through the toolbox, rebooting, etc. and no dice.
Either way, fixed now, but I'm still curious!
Edit : I've never had any other problems installing stuff from the toolbox, if that helps. Just the keyboard thing!
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- 03-19-2011, 01:42 AM #20