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  1. nj02vette

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    Wanted to start a thread about which ROMS people have tried, thier likes and dislikes etc.

    I was going to put a ROM on, but getting lost between all the nightly builds of CM7, Nookie Froyo, Honeycomb, etc.

    Any feedback as to which ROM you run and it's pros and cons?
     

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    CM7

    - Pros -
    Fast (Faster than Nookie Froyo (NF)
    WIFI is stable (Doesnt loop)
    Stable all around
    Fairly easy to setup
    Bluetooth is now working
    Built in Soft keys (back on menu nuilt into Notification bar)
    Battery Life

    - Cons -
    No flash (yet)
    No Youtube (yet)
    Certain apps that try to play an intro movie or any movie will hang


    Nookie Froyo

    - Pros -
    Youtube, flash, movies, etc
    Nook Froyo Theme Clean (Added soft buttons, very cool looking theme)
    Runs most apps well

    - Cons -
    Not as stable or fast as CM7
    WIFI not as stable (Wifi loops)
    Battery Life



    So after running NF for a few days, I kept getting random shutdowns, reboots, hangups, and general instability, whether I was OC'ing or not. It could have been the theme, kernel, or any amount of user error, but it gave me a bad taste regardless.

    After running CM7 for a few days now, I can say that CM7 is by far a better choice as long as you wont miss youtube or videos, although its only a matter of time before that gets added in. CM7 is snappier all around, screen swiping, apps starting, probably would get a higher Quadrant score too if it didnt hang trying to encode Video. Also, CM7 gets way better battery life. Like an extra couple of hours.

    My vote goes to CM7 for now. Honeycomb will be the best choice once we get the source and can work on it for reals.
     
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    I agree with Stinky 100% - CM7 Gingerbread on both mine and my wife's Nook Colors. We love it (and i'm sure youtube will be working soon!)
     
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    I've been thinking of getting a nook color and I was wondering what the best roms would be. I'll probably put CM7 or honeycomb on it. It would help if a honeycomb user would add the pros and cons to this thread.
     
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    Just from what I have read, a lot of things dont quite work yet in HC. It wont be long though til it gets its time.

    Also update, CM7 devs have just enabled DSP which means video. Youtube/video works now, but is still choppy, but at least its there. Progress.
     
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    I received my NC today and immediately set to installing CM7 on the emmc. Very nice, not as fast as my Nexus One but pretty close. As far as movies go I find Rock Player does a great job of everything DivX or MP4 that I can throw at it. Yes no Youtube at this time.

    Stinky - Is there a way to display the CM7 softkeys if the notification bar is not visible like when using Rock Player or Angry Birds? I had to install Button Savior so I could use the menu button on some of these full screen apps.
     
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    AFAIK that is the only workaround. I have been using it for a few days and I dont mind it. I actually find that when using my phone I am constantly reaching for the CM softkeys that arent there.
     
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    Have tried both HC V4 and CM7 nightly, only thing I can say is that CM7 has completely locked my nook (on reboot it shows the "the future of.." text and never loads the OS) twice in the past week, requiring a complete re-image, whereas HC has not had that issue, but have found some issues with app compatability (not really surprised there until HC tackes off).

    So it's a tradeoff =D.
     
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    One thing you might look into are two items:

    1) Task Switcher to allow the user to switch tasks via a status bar icon

    2) Mod script to allow you to configure the volume buttons to serve as "back", "home", "Search", etc:
    Configure Menu & Back Android Hardware Buttons On Nook Color
     
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    Interesting.
    So no native Youtube or video support, but 3rd party apps can play movies?
     
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    It might have been missed, but CM7 now supports video including Youtube app. Its still being woked on, so they are making progress.

    Shoot, I havent even checked XDA yet this morning, they may already have something better out.
     
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    I saw that, but not interested in "choppy" video. I know things are getting better all the time with thier nightly releases.

    On the flip side, if a 3rd party app has all the codecs necessary to play videos, then lack of native support or poor implementation isn't an issue anymore.

    Also, was reading some XDA forums and there were comments that Nookie Froyo was faster than CM7, which greatly confused me. I don't mind reading up on things, but going through hundreds of pages on XDA does get a little tedious and it's hard to pick out the gems.

    Thanks Stinky for the support.
     
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    Rock Player is playing my DIVX movies with full fps, no jitter. Youtube is not so good.
     
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    A lot of times I want to play movies for the kids, while at dinner or such. I used to use Youtube a lot to download a cartoon to keep them occupied. Sometimes internet access is unreliable, and without that, no Youtube or poor performance. But with the nook, I've taken to ripping DVD's and putting them on SD card. That way, I don't need to tether to my phone for data access, instant access, and the video quality is much better. Think I'll try Rock Player tonight.
     
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    YouTube is working now and so does flash on cm7 nightly. I actually have cm7 as my main boot and HC v4 as my alt boot since I have a dual boot setup (thanks to rookie1) . I love the way HC looks and feels but its lack of flash support is a deal breaker.
     
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    Does anyone know if the update on the 18th fixed the WiFi looping on NF?

    Thanks.
     
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    Do you have to wipe data/cache when you installed the latest nightl? I have been updating nightlies every day, and youtube is still choppy
     
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    Youtube is still limited to 15 FPS for whatever reason. They are narrowing down the problem area and it hopefully will be fully functional very soon.

    I have been messing with video apps, and using software decoding, video plays really well without an FPS cap.
     
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    Thanks Stinky. Which apps specifically, I have heard "Rock Player" mentioned several times, but don't have my nook with me to test it out.
     
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    RockPlayer actually. Also I have used moboPlayer (Pretty sure thats what it is, dont have my NC here and Im almost out the door.)
     
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    In the last 12 days I've tried Nookie Froyo, UD 3.1.2 and Phiremod 5.1 (which is based on CM). Phiremod wins.
     
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    Phiremod wins in my book. Smooth and very fast. :D
     
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    Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried Ultimate Droid? Haven't seen too much on here about it, and I'm wondering how it compares to CM7 & Phiremod. :)
     
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    Yup, I tried it. I prefer Phiremod.
     
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    I liked UD well enough as well as Phiremod, but just recently went to the RC4 of CM7. The only reason being that it is always going to be first out and I am a bit impatient with this Rom flashing obsession.. :eek:
     

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