Too many roms exist... Help me with summary and selection of them please.

Brian Lake

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There are far too many ROM's and far too many Kernels, and far too many whatever else's. I've decided I'll root my Nexus 7 because I'm bored, yes that's why, but despite all the research I've done, I quote honestly cannot figure out what ROM to choose. I've got pages that I'll list at the bottom, which give great information about the names of them, but all the features sound the same.

As for what I want, I want it to look like the Nexus 7 does, I actually really like the setting menu on the pull down top right and the notification tab it has on the top left. I enjoy the simple interface and portrait / landscape viewing, though landscape is obviously not well designed on the Nexus 7 as it doesn't scale things properly, but I don't really care. I don't honestly know what Tablet UI mode while rooted would do, but I'd at least try it out. But primarily, I want increased battery life without it being bricked or damaged, I'd like to remove a few stock applications, and I'd like to maintain good processes and keep it clean.

At the same time, I don't know where to even get a Kernal or the Rom downloads, so information on that and which Kernel to get for whichever ROM advised would also be appreciated. I understand there is the CM thing and the Paranoid thing and there are 42 other versions it seems, but I simply don't have the time to try them all out.

These are what I've found:

1. CodefireX SR1 ROM
2. ParanoidAndroid ROM
3. CyanogenMod ROM
4. CleanROM ROM
5. XenonHD ROM
6. Bugless Beast ROM
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Additionally, I notice my Nexus 7 randomly restarts at random times with no consistency or reason and not always very frequently. I'd love some side-note knowledge on why it does that, how to fix it, or if there is a way to track which app is causing the error like the event log does for Windows Vista, 7 and XP.

Thank you for whoever helps, though as a disclaimer, I am not new to tech, just new to rooting, though I'm fine with following the manual way because I tend to do that anyway.

PS.

Some kids are going to be using my tablet at points in my life time, but they're smart and get into apps they shouldn't, rather then going through blocking them or just telling them no, I'd rather use a keylogger to know when they're inserting passwords they somehow found out into the apps like Netflix or what not to see adult content rather than kid content, and any apps in general that also use accounts and passwords. These kids are smart, changing passwords will only last for about 20 minutes from my experience. I'd rather mitigate the damage so I can know when they do it, and thus can properly react. So any type of keylogger would be great for my purposes.

P.P.S. I probably need to know where to get the custom recovery from.

P.P.P.S. Finally, I'm curious if there's anyway I can save the AppData from my games, smartsensor, and netflix before rooting and what not without having to redo everything and re-enter codes.
 

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Best suggestion(s) I can make to you is

1. Stay away from the nightlies on any of the ROMs.. That will eliminate the dozens of extra ROMs there are to try.. Plus nightlies are basically trial and error. They add things and remove things, many times things can be unstable so these are best left to those who like to do daily test drives and are open to trying to help trouble shoot problems.

2. I understand where your coming from with not wanting to do alot of testing driving to find the right ROM. Although that is part of the fun with flashing and ROMs, I would try and narrow your list down a little more and pick out 2 or 3 ROMs and give them each a fair 2 or 3 days test drive. Its really the only way to find out which ROM suits your needs best.

3. Kernels, these can be narrowed down also.. Like most others your probably looking for best battery life and maintain a stable, lag free device. So eliminate any of the kernels that are pointed at overclocking and are boasting big benchmark scores.

From my understanding there is a toolkit that will aid in rooting from installing the drivers to placing a custom recovery on the device..

Good luck and I'm sure more members will be along to add more suggestions/ideas :)
 
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Always look for stables, a rom that can support a tablet ii, check YouTube got reviews of each rom and you can also find kernel reviews

And check out xda for kernels

Sent from my Google Nexus 7 running aokp 4.1.2, because there is no PacMan rom for the nexus :(
 

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I'd say if you want the same look and feel of the nexus the cyanogenmod or aokp ROMs are your best bet plus if you install them they come pre-rooted so you wouldn't have to worry about that though I've heard bugless beast works great and is basically stock but with most every problem that occurs on stock found and fixed so there's always that but I've never tried it so I can't say anything about bugless from experience but I prefer Cyanogenmod as for what I use it for it has the most functionality

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3. CyanogenMod ROM
4. CleanROM ROM
5. XenonHD ROM
6. Bugless Beast ROM

I'm guessing you've already rooted and flashed a ROM or two...but FWIW, I've run each of these above on my N7. I also ran Rasbeanjelly. Did not care for CyanogenMod ROM, my N7 wasn't happy at all with that one. Could have been my install, although I always do a clean install for every new ROM, which is good practice...just fyi. The others all run pretty well on my N7, all are pretty close to stock. But I ended up going back to stock 4.2, my N7 seems to run the best this way, and I don't have any issues others seem to mention. I would say try at least two or three, and don't forget AOKP which has a 4.2 ROM out now for the N7, which I have not tried. AOKP was always was my favorite ROM for my GNEX phone.

Let us know how things go.
 
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I'll just put in that the amount of instability in a ROM is usually directly proportional to the number of posts you read saying it is the best ROM with the most amazing features...

If nothing else, keep reading posts about a potential ROM until you read multiple replies stating that this person or that came back to the ROM because they could no longer deal with the instability of this-or-that other ROM.

-Suntan