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  1. CDPlant

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    I have turned into a 'flashaholic' recently, and it seems I can't even go a week without flashing a new ROM and having a good look through it.

    I thought here I would cover some of the ROMs that I have been using, in the hope that the information will become useful to someone who is looking to try something new :)

    I will update this each time I flash something new, maybe one day I will get through them all :p

    So I begin with AOSP....

    BlackICE 1.25
    [ROM][AOSP][03Dec] -=BlackICEv1.25=- [2.3.7][LordModUE8.5CFS][OC2.0GHz] - xda-developers

    This was the first ROM I flashed after being on CM7 for quite a while, and I was seriously impressed.

    First off is the change of DPI from the default of 240, down to 200. It takes a few minutes to get used to, but everything looks a lot nicer and more crisp.

    [​IMG]

    Overall performance is great, with quite a few tweaks made from the CM7 base that it's taken from. Lordmods kernel comes as standard and there is the 'IceTool' app that handles undervolting and also provides many additional apps/tweaks for the ROM.

    The only issue seems to be that a lot of apps from the Market will not work, and many times you may get the 'This is incompatible with your device' message, even though they will work on another ROM. This is down to the DPI being changed. In the Icetool app there is an option to revert back to the standard 240, and this should fix that issue.

    Recommended if you fancy a change from CM7.
    Absolution
    [ROM/MOD][The Collective] Absolution-1/2/12-The Bad Flash Experience - xda-developers

    Another great AOSP ROM, based on CM 7.2RC0 which like BlackICE has a lot of ways to customise the look and feel. It contains a similar app, 'Absolution Tools' where you can install different themes, dialers, wallpapers and apps (such as the MIUI camera.)

    The ICS default theme is pretty good and they have worked the rest of the ROMs appearance around this. They also have an entire thread relating to the different themes you can get - [THEME][The Collective] Absolution Theme Thread!! - xda-developers which makes it one of the most customisable ROMs around.

    A must have if you enjoy playing around with the appearance :)
    Oxygen
    [ROM][BUILD 4][24/12/2011] Unofficial Oxygen 2.3.2 port for the Desire HD/Inspire 4G - xda-developers

    This is a port of Oxygen, a ROM for the Desire, which has been mixed with some CM7 features.

    It is extremely fast, and very basic - no Cyanogenmod Settings for example, can't change the lockscreen etc.

    Battery life is very good, as there is basically nothing there for it to drain from! ;)

    If you think CM7 is too flashy, or just want a pure experience with no frills, then this is the ROM for you.

    Maffia
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1353976&highlight=maffia

    Another good CM derivative, which offers very good battery life and a very well done ICS theme. The DPI is changed by default like in BlackICE, and includes Lordmods kernel and also the MIUI camera.

    One rather large issue I had with this ROM (and if it wasn't for this I would have stuck with it for a while) is that doing a batch restore using TB usually froze the phone, and would never get past about 10% restored before it would freeze. The only way round it is to restore each app individually which usually takes a long time. Others have said they have this error too, and I was hoping for it be fixed but unfortunately there seems to be no more updates since the beginning of December.

    However if that issue does get addressed then I definitely recommend this ROM, very fast, smooth and the battery life is really good.

    MIUI

    MIUI Freshly Squeezed Edition
    [ROM] MIUI 1.12.30 EN DE v.2: Freshly Squeezed Edition™ 02/01/12 - xda-developers
    [​IMG]

    MIUI is a strange one. It looks very similar to the iPhone OS, and despite it being based on Cyanogenmod you would never be able to tell from looking at it.

    First thing I noticed is that there is no app drawer. Like iOS, all the apps are contained on home screens. However this can be changed by creating a folder of all your apps and putting it where the app drawer would usually be.

    What I think is great about MIUI is the dialer, which is very similar to the Sense dialer. You can search for names in the dialer and it will display results, much like HTC's. Most other ROMs that are AOSP do not have this feature.

    It also has a huge amount of customisable content, you can basically change everything about the look of it. I think that MIUI Freshly Squeezed is the best looking of them all, the icons are very nice, the ICS analog clock is included and the dialer and messaging apps are also very good.

    The one thing I never understood in MIUI ROMs is the battery usage. While the drain was normal, the battery info displayed the phone as being awake constantly:

    [​IMG]

    However I didn't see much negative impact on the battery life. (Image above taken from RD MIUI as I didn't have a simliar for FS.)
    RD MIUI
    [ROM] RD-MIUI 1.12.23[EN] (quietly MIUI) 26/12/11 - xda-developers

    Another good MIUI ROM, which is less dark themed and Freshly Squeezed and overall has less modifications.

    The notification pull down is great, with one screen entirely for quick settings, and the other for notifications (which is quite similar to Sense)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    SENSE ROMS

    I have also tried several other Sense roms to the ones you see here, however they are no longer in active development and have low activity so I decided to omit them from this post. However, some devs have followed from their previous work and created new ones (such as Virtuous Affinity) which I am keen to try at some stage

    RcMix Runny 4.0
    [ROM][Nov 14-2011]RCMix3d Runny v4.0 [Official runnymede sense 3.5 Android 2.3.5][OC] - xda-developers great Sense 3.5 ROM, with a ton of features available. Sense 3.5 has a lot of advancements under the hood compared to 3.0, and in my experience the speed and battery life are much better.

    Options like a battery % in the notification bar, and the ability to change to 2D scrolling are a great change, the latter making the performance so much smoother.

    Compared to CM, it is a lot slower and opening some apps and running them can be quite laggy, but Sense 3.5 is definitely the best thing HTC have produced so far.

    Unfortunately the Dev has ceased development on this ROM, as he has moved to another phone (the Sensation I think) but it is still a great ROM.
    Mikrunny v.1.01
    [ROM] - [12/24/2011] - MikRunny v1.01 - [ Sense 3.5 | 2.3.5 | Tweaks | Odex/Deodex ] - xda-developers

    This is by far the best Sense ROM I have tried, and in my opinion the best that it will get until Sense 4.0 is released.

    It is very similar to RcMix, being a Sense 3.5 ROM, but there has been a lot of work done on this that stands out. I won't type it all, but check the 'Tweaks' sub section in the first post on XDA, there are a lot :) Things that stood out were the transparent notification menu, and the choice of Odexed or Deodexed versions (for more information see here - Odex/Deodex - Things you should know! | DarkyROM). I chose the Odexed version, which should run a bit faster, but to be honest i'm not sure how much of a difference day to day it makes. But it is certainly nice to have a choice of different versions.

    This ROM is a lot less laggy than others I have tried, and comes with the ability to change 2D/3D scrolling and other options 'on the fly' without having to restart the phone each time a change is made (unlike other Sense ROMs with the same options.)

    If you are looking for a Sense 3.5 ROM, I would 100% recommend this over any other :)

    Android Revolution HD

    [ROM] Android Revolution HD™ 6.3.1 | High Quality & Performance | O/C | Legendary - xda-developers

    WOW! I was quite skeptical of this ROM as I thought that every sense 3.0 one I tried was sub par, but this is really something.

    The smoothness and speed are on level with AOSP ROMs, I have had hardly any lag or freezes whatsoever, and the battery life is outstanding.

    This ROM doesn't contain any extras or a section of tweaks you can manage yourself (except over/underclocking), however it has a lot of tweaks under the hood, and compared to a stock rom it really shows. I clocked my cpu down from the default value and it still flies. I also flashed a super smooth rosie script ([FIX][GUIDE] Ultra & Super, Liquid Smooth Rosie for Sense 3.0/3.5 ROMs v1.1 - xda-developers) which makes navigating the home screens even smoother.

    The only annoyance i've had so far (and it's quite small) is that you cannot alter the amount of home screens like in sense 3.5. I only ever use 2 home screens max and it just seems like a waste of space having 5 screens empty. I considered using my usual launcher ADW Ex, but apart from the above I am really enjoying the rosie launcher.

    I am not using the recommended radio, and I still have full bars and a very good 3G signal (probably because I am 50 metres from a mast :p) so the battery drain is good. I managed a good 12 hours of medium-heavy use and had ~40% left.
     

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  2. SB13X

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    Great thread be good to get your thoughts on Android Revolution though tbh as yes you've tried Sense ROMS but these are ports, a good comparison with a proper DHD base version would be good even if it is Sense 3.0. Just interested so I can compare to what I've come across.
     
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    I definitely will do at some point soon :) I was initially put off flashing it because of the superwipe script and the recommended radio (because at the time I had never flashed a ROM before and I was scared to start messing around with radios) but I will have a go. From what i've heard AR has great performance and battery life.
     
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    I am also a serial flasher, but I settled down with CM7 for quite a while, but it began to get slow, so I decided to try something new. First, I flashed the BETA of ICS, and I fell in love with it, but being a photography wannabe, I like to take a lot of photographs, so I can't live without the camera, but when the came works I will definitely flash permanently.

    I then flashed Android Revolution HD, it was, and still is incredibly fast, and the battery life is amazing. I took my phone off charge at 100% around 9am today, been using it today with wifi and gps turned on constantly, full brightness, and browsing most of the day, and I have 36% left now (11 hours later). I did install the recommended radio too just to make sure it was working 100% how it should.

    At the moment, I would recommend Android Revolution HD, with or without sense.
     
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    I flashed AR yesterday and i'm loving it so far, it's really good for a Sense rom, and the battery life is indeed very good.

    It is much less laggy than the sense 3.5 roms I have tried, and after using the super smooth rosie script (found here - [FIX][GUIDE] Ultra & Super, Liquid Smooth Rosie for Sense 3.0/3.5 ROMs v1.1 - xda-developers) it really flies.

    After about 5 hours of medium-heavy use, and making a backup, playing with the settings etc I still have about 65% left.
     
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    Stuck, really nice idea CDP. :)
     
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    Great thread mate.

    Have been using CM7.1 for a couple months, but this prompted me to try a couple other ROMS. Tried MikRunny yesterday, but found it a little bit laggy, so moved on to Absolution this morning, and I love it! Its basically CM7 with a touch of ICS, (what's not to like?!:D) I assume that this is what CM9 is going to be like??
     
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    Rooted and flashed for the first time yesterday!! Was recommended the Absolution ROM - Took a couple of goes, but it's up and running and I like it!!

    Interesting to see what others are using and why? My biggest win has to be battery life.

    Got a few Q's, but I'll start a new thread for these.
     
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    brillant guide just spent most of my lunch break trying to decide which rom to flash gone from CM7 (which is brillant but new year new rom) can't wait for stable CM9.

    Downloaded Android Revolution HD (will give it a try)

    just thought i'd say the advice and support for given is brillant keep up the good work EL pres CuBz CDPlant if i've missed any names sorry

    Right back to work

    LONG LIVE ROOTING
     
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    Just seen this from an engineer at android - https://plus.google.com/105051985738280261832/posts/FV3LVtdVxPT

    In a nutshell, battery calibration does not do anything and is not needed. The battery stats are reset each time you unplug from a charge, or almost full. And I swear I could notice a difference, but I guess there was a placebo effect going on there!
     
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    Interesting... I guess it's worth knowing. This would mean that, when I flash a new ROM, there's no point doing a calibration then... hmm... I guess it means that there's one less thing for me to have to think about when I do flash! :)
     
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    Excellent, I always hated waiting for my battery to die, thinking I needed to do it.
     
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    Am i the only one on RCMIX ENERGIZED??

    Im happy with this and the battery life is not to bad, depending on how i use it..:D

    only probs ive had are with resetting of ring tones but thats it:(
     
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    I tried it and it looked good, but it wasn't an improvement on my stock battery use. I didn't really have it on long enough to notice the ringtone reset problem, but others have reported the same as you.
     
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    Remove everything off your sd card and format it on your PC. Then put everything back on but the files beginning with a . such as .android or LOST_DIR as these are system folders. Put everything back on and with your phone off. Put card back in and vol- and power on into recovery and fix permissions. Boot up and set your tones. Power off and fix permissions again and boot up and see what happens if this doesn't work this will:
     

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