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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by GrenW, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. GrenW

    GrenW Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Been using LeeDroid roms for around a year now. Still on the last FroYo build as it works nicely for me.

    I'm using less and less of Sense though - flashed the rom without widgets, launcher and lockscreen and using apps to replace them. GO Launcher, Widgetlocker etc.

    So I feel the need for a new rom. Top criteria are :

    - Stable
    - Fast (or at least no slower)
    - Easy on the battery (I charge every night but if I use the phone a lot I need another top-up during the day. I want to stop that)
    - Uses A2SD+ (I'm set in my ways and despite being S-OFF I'm not really up for changing partition sizes as I may want to change back)

    Would also prefer something nice and easy to flash - all in one zip with themes coming later if you want.

    What do people think should be my next step? Was thinking of maybe GingerVillain - must be pretty stable by now?


  2. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    GV has been better than it is now. Many of us jumped ship. Maybe give Redux 1.2 a go ;)

    Thats my favourite ROM (that isn't mine).
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  3. GrenW

    GrenW Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    hmm was looking at it earlier. Seems to fit the bill. May give it a go this weekend.
  4. shauny13

    shauny13 Android Expert

    +1, redux is rock solid, fast & brilliant battery life.
  5. Chilly McFreeze

    Chilly McFreeze Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Redux 1.2, it's certainly stable and good on the battery.
  6. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert

    I'm using Miui xj and love it. works great no issues at all.
    but think it sounds to heavy for you maybe?

    only issue I have with it is that battery life doesn't seem much
    better than stock.....but then I never leave it alone! :-D

    btw. I'm actually using Go launcher and Widget locker on top.
    does that mean I would be better using a lighter rom like Redux?

  7. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Unless youd miss the menus and pull down
  8. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert

    oh :-\ no menus! how do you use it then :-\

    mmmmm.....I do love my pull down notification bar....maybe not then :-D

    thanks Dan

  9. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    It has menus. They're just normal instead of miui-fied. I don't like miui menus
  10. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert

    ah ok. that's better then :)

    does it have notification pull down bar? or was that what you meant it
    didn't have. I like the fact that with Go launcher you can gesture pull down
    the bar.I wouldn't want to lose that.

    am I correct in assuming that if you have rom without launcher that it is lighter?

  11. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    All androids have pull down. Again, normal not miui-fied.

    You have to have a launcher. That's what,the app drawer and homescreens are part of
  12. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert

    ok that's good then for notifications :)

    ah right. sorry. thought it was said that some lighter roms didn't have launchers.
    so are good if you use 3rd party ones.

    btw. while we are chatting ;-) is there a good app for managing ram use?
    I'm usually running at say 160 isn't ram but then sometimes it drops to like
    90! but I've no idea what is using it :-\

  13. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Have a look at running services within manage applications. That will show you what's what
  14. trevytrev

    trevytrev Well-Known Member

    I've been using Gingervillain as it just seemed right for me but like the sound of Redux now, would I be right in thinking I have to re-partition my card in a slightly different way and also flash apps_dalvik2ext as if so I'm not sure I can put myself through that all again! Although it sounds like the benefits of Redux are very good.
  15. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert

    ok cool thanks. pretty much what I would expect in that list.
    oddly it says there is 187mb free but my widget says 100 :-\
  16. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    It just uses a standard partition. How are you partitioned?

    Trust android more than a widget.
  17. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert

    :-D. true
  18. trevytrev

    trevytrev Well-Known Member

    I used gparted and made a 1gb ext3 partition
  19. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Thats fine then. You just need to flash rom and dalvik zip
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  20. trevytrev

    trevytrev Well-Known Member

    excellent, thanks, I'll give it a go.
  21. trevytrev

    trevytrev Well-Known Member

    sorry just want to double check a couple of things. I flash the redux ROM as per any usual ROM, then to flash the dalvik zip do you just go back in to recovery and just flash the dalvik zip like a rom zip but don't do any wipe? Also is using Redux 2 ok or should I just stick with 1.2 as it's stable?
  22. Chilly McFreeze

    Chilly McFreeze Well-Known Member


    Apparantly 2 is quite stable, though people are reporting errors in the XDA thread. I'm still on 1.2 and perfectly happy with it.
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  23. Tyseyh

    Tyseyh Android Expert

    Using Miui XJ 1.8.19.

    Much better then stock in terms of everything :p
  24. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Its a matter of taste. I find it awful ;)
  25. shauny13

    shauny13 Android Expert

    Dan 55, i'm running the test version (2) of redux. It's very good stable etc, but now has a fancy new pulldown notification bar/quick settings bar all rolled into one. Excellent.

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