Stock Android or Custom ROM?


Last Updated: 2013-11-21 21:54:55
  1. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member

    So everyone knows one of the best things about the Nexus is its easy rooting and first to be updated. My question is, just how many of you will go beyond rooting and install a custom ROM? And if you do, which one will you roll with?

    Last time I rooted and flashed was my Galaxy S2 Skyrocket rocking ParanoidAndroid phablet mode. It was lovely. Thinking about pursuing that ROM again or maybe MIUI/CM. But first I'm gonna play the crap out of the new Google Experience, cause "OK Google" on the home screen sounds dope af.

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  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    The stock rom has some bells and whistles I miss from previous custom Roms, such as the quick tile pulldown or the ability to rearrange/customize them and change their stock behavior.

    I'm downloading a custom ROM right now, I'll be flashing it in a few :D
  3. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member

    Which ROM have you decided on?
  4. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    I'm running cataclysm with Franco kernel

    Its got the bells and whistles I described earlier, and everything seems to be working properly.

    [​IMG]
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  5. Brian706

    Brian706 Moderator Moderator

    I am also using this rom! It's great.
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  6. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member

    So what's the difference between a ROM and a kernel? I never bothered to look into kernels.
  7. GrenW

    GrenW Well-Known Member

    Still stock rooted here. Until I see some decent roms for the N5, and they will be along before too long, then it's impossible to decide.

    I'm just enjoying having a stock phone for a change
  8. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'm excited for my first pure android experience. I've only had samsungs and htcs and I prefer sense over ugly touchwiz. Can't wait to get my Nex5!
  9. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

    Taken from Doc: glossary - CyanogenMod.

    The kernel basically controls/manages the hardware components on behalf of the ROM (i.e., Android operating system). You always need to make sure the kernel is compatible with the ROM since they are very intertwined.
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  10. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-) VIP Member

    Speaking of which, will the root guide thread be updated with ROMs and such soon. I'll probably root and stay stock for a while, but I always appreciate the list of ROMs that appear here as an easier way (for me) to begin shopping ROMs rather than trying to figure out XDA. ;) I know, I use WUG's toolkit too. Wimp. :eek::p:rolleyes:
  11. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Soon as I get some time. :thumbup: Unless anyone else beats me to it of course.
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  12. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    How are you liking that Cataclysm ROM? I'm sitting on stock w/ a custom kernel, but I might consider making the switch if everything appears stable (DD worthy).
  13. Brian706

    Brian706 Moderator Moderator

    No issues for me so far. Everything seems exactly the same but you get extra options/functionality.

    I haven't tested camera but so far no issues after a full day of normal use...

    Worst case, you restore your backup back to stock.
  14. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    I might also check out those cam zips that supposedly increase a few settings behind the scenes. Users are reporting increased quality shots for photo + vid.
  15. morgankslade

    morgankslade Well-Known Member

    I am under the impression that Cataclysm ROM is for Nexus 4.
    Is it good for N5?
  16. Brian706

    Brian706 Moderator Moderator

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  17. morgankslade

    morgankslade Well-Known Member

    So would I put this on the root of internal storage or in a folder of some sort?
    In CWM install from SD?? Even though there is none?
  18. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    Yep, just put it somewhere you can remember. Flash the rom, then flash gapps. Just don't forget to factory reset and wipe cache/dalvik or you could be in for some wicked crashes when you boot up your rom.
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  19. morgankslade

    morgankslade Well-Known Member

    "Cataclysm is rooted and comes with Gapps"

    Copied from XDA link in post #16.
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  20. Brian706

    Brian706 Moderator Moderator

    Yep, gapps included in this one.
  21. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    Interesting, because I know Google doesn't like it when custom roms come loaded with Gapps already baked in. They actually took legal action against the CyanogenMod team back in the day for this by sending a C & D letter, and CM complied.
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  22. morgankslade

    morgankslade Well-Known Member

    Is the kernel cool in this, or would one suggest Faux/Franco.
  23. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    You're likely to get different opinions when it comes to custom kernels. I generally prefer Faux kernel, but I know Rxpert83 prefers Franco. Both are really good kernels, but devices can be quite picky. I would say try the stock for a day or 2, and if it isn't up to par then try one of the others for a day or 2 and repeat.
  24. Biaviian

    Biaviian Well-Known Member

    I am loving stock except for what you mentioned above. I also love a transparent lockscreen. Otherwise I was able to get mods or apps to take care of everything else I used a ROM for (quiet time, reboot menu, camera sound off, and a few others I'm forgetting).
  25. Brian706

    Brian706 Moderator Moderator

    Which rom has quiet hours?

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