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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Lars1, Aug 18, 2010.

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Poll closed due to new release for this ROM

  1. 5 Star ROM Rating: Elite

    9 vote(s)
    40.9%
  2. 4 Star ROM Rating: Outstanding

    8 vote(s)
    36.4%
  3. 3 Star ROM Rating: Average

    1 vote(s)
    4.5%
  4. 2 Star ROM Rating: Not Ready for Primetime

    1 vote(s)
    4.5%
  5. 1 Star ROM Rating: Not Usable

    3 vote(s)
    13.6%
  1. Lars1

    Lars1 Member
    Thread Starter

    Anyone taken this pony out for a run?

    (Last time I brought up UD, the resulting chaos was unimaginable! It's just a question, not meant to inflame)



    ***** ROM Reviews *****

    Review by YankeeDudeL
    Initial Setup:
    Didn't take but a couple minutes to boot up, which is always nice. First thing you notice, like in previous builds, is there's a diff font (which is easily customizable, more on that later). And then when you try to sign in, you'll notice there's a keyboard issue. Luckily, I had just come off a ROM with the same issue and was prepared for it this time. This is due to having the Droid 2 keyboard, which is easily fixed.

    The Market synced up within a half hour and actually loaded more apps than any previous ROM has. The previous holder of that title was UD6, so I guess that shouldn't come as a surprise.

    Appearance and Goodies:
    There's more than a few options here, folks. Just about everything is customizable, from the fonts, to the live wallpapers, boot animations and even the lock screen. All these are accessed from the Settings menu where there's an added Ultimate Droid Settings at the very top, and these are very easy to implement.

    From that same menu you can apply scripts, launchers, add or remove built-in or modified apps, change colors, your notifications, and this list goes on. I can't even possibly cover all the tweaks and level of customization that this gets into, but this is a wet dream for a guy like me.

    Performance:
    This isn't a ROM that blows you away with benchmarks. The stock kernel and provided kernels top out very average. But similar to the LithiumMod ROM, while it doesn't score the highest, you wouldn't tell from actual function. Screen transitions are very fluid, and apps open and close with no issue. However, like CyanogenMod, the ability to heavily modify make it seem a step behind ROMs like Liquid Frozen Yogurt and Succulent Desire (both of which pride themselves on amazing speed).

    After flashing slayher's 1.2GHz kernel (which completely blew me away when I tried it with LFY1.4), I did get better benches. I topped out at 1587 with Quadrant, which is more reflective of the kernel than the ROM. This was at 1.1GHz. 1.2GHz was actually stable, but like with jdlfg's, I couldn't get Quadrant to run. I was able to run a short and long bench, getting 149 short and about 440 long.

    App and System Function:
    I didn't encounter any app errors, but others have reported occasional difficulty with some of the modified apps you can apply. There's also the aforementioned Droid 2 keyboard issue, which didn't last as a problem for me because I can't live without Swype (changing to Swype eliminated the problem) (I do prefer the Droid 2 virtual keyboard over the stock one and HTC_IME, so I hope to see more development from the devs and themers there).

    Everyone should be happy to hear that I was pleasantly surprised with the battery life. While it wasn't horrible in other builds, it certainly wasn't the best. There are some known widgets that really hurt battery life that I run for the purpose of testing (such as Temp Monitor) and it still performed well, running cool after taking quite a bit of abuse.

    Overview:
    This ROM's biggest feature is that it's level of customization is only rivaled by CMs, but it outperforms it with more speed and better battery life (I have NOT, however, tested the new RC3, in all fairness). It doesn't quite reach the speeds of other available ROMs, but it's what you want to get out of a ROM. I would say that this ROM currently has the best balance of everything, and I highly recommend it, based on that. However you feel about the dev, well, that's another story.

    Rating:
    4 out of 5 stars
     


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  2. YankeeDudeL

    YankeeDudeL Android Expert

    I'm currently reviewing Liquid Frozen Yogurt 1.4, but seeing as I did UD6, I might as well do UD7.
     
  3. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    Well, I'm only now getting all set with UD 6.0, so I think I might wait for Yankee's review (and watch BD's forum) to see if upgrades are worth it & working just yet.
     
  4. Lars1

    Lars1 Member
    Thread Starter

    I have had no issues upgrading from UD 6-7 without wiping. Rom is very fast, stable and with more options than before!

    I just installed Chevy's 1.1 LV kernel and this thing rocks.
     
  5. tmcewan259

    tmcewan259 Member

    I also went from 6.0 to 7 without wiping no issue. Also at 1.1 LV and no hiccups at all. Politics aside this is an amazingly clean and stable ROM. The rotary unlock is a nice touch as well.
     
  6. KaveMahn

    KaveMahn Newbie

    Just installed UD7 and loving it. This ROM is very snappy with a nice selection of options. I highly recommend this ROM.
     
  7. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    Had you both been able to clock to 1.1GHz in the past?

    I read this morning on BD's forum that there was some issue with the multitouch keyboard that, when mutlitouch was enabled on it, it locked up some keys on the hard keyboard (Alt & Shift, I think).
    There is also an issue where the Gallery icon is either replaced by or superimposed with the news widget icon. I see this afternoon that he has released a fix for that.

    Going to give her a try later today.
     
  8. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    ...Also, if you don't wipe, is the OC kernal from the previous build still installed, or do you have to reinstall it?
     
  9. sbursik

    sbursik Well-Known Member

    Loaded it up. I have to say, all politics aside, not a bad ROM. No major issues so far. I have my Sapphire 1.0 backed up just in case. :)
     
  10. tmcewan259

    tmcewan259 Member

    Kitty kernel was gone had to reinstall but no issue there. Where did you find the fix must have missed it.
     
  11. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    Yup, reloading Chevy's lv 1GHz kernel now. It's been my tried & true through most ROMs.
    The Gallery fix link I saw was on the "Problems with 7.0" thread in the ROM Help section of BD's forum. However, without wiping, I did not have the issue.

    Just took Google Earth out for a spin. Played a little NFS.
    Pretty nice. No glitches, no studders. Silky smooth and very responsive.
     
  12. MaxPacker

    MaxPacker Newbie

    With faster and faster phones, more people are going to switch to UD to catch up.


    I'm loving the rotary lock screen WITH music controls, but the keyboard is an issue. i'm sure it will be fixed in good time, though.


    As usual, it's the snappiest thing I can run on my phone. I have to turn down the launcher speed and transitions/animations, to show how smooth it can be.
     
  13. YankeeDudeL

    YankeeDudeL Android Expert

    That's b/c it's the Droid 2 keyboard. The same thing happened w/ LFY1.4. Needed a patch to go back to the old keyboard. I don't know why changing the virtual keyboard would change the physical keyboard, but whatev.
     
  14. Dem1K

    Dem1K Newbie

    having issues installing modified phone app, all else good so far
     
  15. sbursik

    sbursik Well-Known Member

    Running Better Keyboard with this one and it works great. Didnt care for the Droid 2 keyboard much. The rotary unlock is pretty cool I must say.
     
  16. sbursik

    sbursik Well-Known Member

    Got the 2.2 update notification while using this ROM today. What should I do to stop the notification?

    UPDATE: If you get the update notification, just let it try and update. It will fail and you won't keep getting the notification.
     
  17. YankeeDudeL

    YankeeDudeL Android Expert

    Initial Setup:
    Didn't take but a couple minutes to boot up, which is always nice. First thing you notice, like in previous builds, is there's a diff font (which is easily customizable, more on that later). And then when you try to sign in, you'll notice there's a keyboard issue. Luckily, I had just come off a ROM with the same issue and was prepared for it this time. This is due to having the Droid 2 keyboard, which is easily fixed.

    The Market synced up within a half hour and actually loaded more apps than any previous ROM has. The previous holder of that title was UD6, so I guess that shouldn't come as a surprise.

    Appearance and Goodies:
    There's more than a few options here, folks. Just about everything is customizable, from the fonts, to the live wallpapers, boot animations and even the lock screen. All these are accessed from the Settings menu where there's an added Ultimate Droid Settings at the very top, and these are very easy to implement.

    From that same menu you can apply scripts, launchers, add or remove built-in or modified apps, change colors, your notifications, and this list goes on. I can't even possibly cover all the tweaks and level of customization that this gets into, but this is a wet dream for a guy like me.

    Performance:
    This isn't a ROM that blows you away with benchmarks. The stock kernel and provided kernels top out very average. But similar to the LithiumMod ROM, while it doesn't score the highest, you wouldn't tell from actual function. Screen transitions are very fluid, and apps open and close with no issue. However, like CyanogenMod, the ability to heavily modify make it seem a step behind ROMs like Liquid Frozen Yogurt and Succulent Desire (both of which pride themselves on amazing speed).

    After flashing slayher's 1.2GHz kernel (which completely blew me away when I tried it with LFY1.4), I did get better benches. I topped out at 1587 with Quadrant, which is more reflective of the kernel than the ROM. This was at 1.1GHz. 1.2GHz was actually stable, but like with jdlfg's, I couldn't get Quadrant to run. I was able to run a short and long bench, getting 149 short and about 440 long.

    App and System Function:
    I didn't encounter any app errors, but others have reported occasional difficulty with some of the modified apps you can apply. There's also the aforementioned Droid 2 keyboard issue, which didn't last as a problem for me because I can't live without Swype (changing to Swype eliminated the problem) (I do prefer the Droid 2 virtual keyboard over the stock one and HTC_IME, so I hope to see more development from the devs and themers there).

    Everyone should be happy to hear that I was pleasantly surprised with the battery life. While it wasn't horrible in other builds, it certainly wasn't the best. There are some known widgets that really hurt battery life that I run for the purpose of testing (such as Temp Monitor) and it still performed well, running cool after taking quite a bit of abuse.

    Overview:
    This ROM's biggest feature is that it's level of customization is only rivaled by CMs, but it outperforms it with more speed and better battery life (I have NOT, however, tested the new RC3, in all fairness). It doesn't quite reach the speeds of other available ROMs, but it's what you want to get out of a ROM. I would say that this ROM currently has the best balance of everything, and I highly recommend it, based on that. However you feel about the dev, well, that's another story.

    Rating:
    4 out of 5 stars
     
  18. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    Thanks for taking the time to do another great, detailed review. I find what you wrote to be very accurate.
     
  19. Dem1K

    Dem1K Newbie

    hit the nail on the head for me as well...

    on Chevy's ulv 1.1, I'm hitting high 1300s (which I was hoping to be higher)
    Short @ 175, Long @ 467

    However, like mentioned, it feels much faster, as I have no issues with transitions and open/closing of apps
     
  20. ballisticn8

    ballisticn8 Android Expert

    alright, I've honestly never run a UD rom before, def not playing favorites and I know the time old argument that android is open source but there are a lot of devs that i knew and trusted roms from before UD showed up that spent hours upon hours tweaking and writing roms for us to use and I didnt think that them asking to be credited (you know, just a hey thanks, i'm using this because its really good work) was too much to ask... *breathe* (esp you psycho kitty dude, damn you go off on people, lmao)

    now with that out of the way, I went ahead and put UD 7.0 on my phone this morning. Install and boot were extremely quick. I esp am really liking the old school rotary unlock :D. I have always had great results running Chevy's ULV 1 gig so I went ahead and threw that on right after installing the rom, even before booting it up. The rom gives a ton of customization options, simply put it is extremely refined, runs smooth as butter, and has tweaks that should suit anyone and everyone's variety (I also really enjoy the font selections you can implement straight from settings). I think the reboot and reboot to recovery options from the power button is great, normally you get reboot but I havent seen many with both. I honestly dont believe in linpack or quadrant scores because you get different scores every time you run them, often times quite different in numbers. This rom leaves a ton of room left in system, i dropped several widgets i use as well as launcher pro, swype, and flash into the /system folder and with those as well as the other system apps i still have well over 30 megs available just in /system alone. Rom just works, and it works incredibly well, wether you like the people behind it or not the rom is a really good rom...

    Only problem I seem to run into is Terminal force closes on me every single time I try to open it. I installed from marketplace, nope, installed from the built in install options, nope, I dont often use it with root explorer and titanium available but its def a nice fall back to have, it just wont run on my droid with this rom... :-/

    edit: music mod widget doesnt work either, it plays and pauses music but it doesnt show what is playing, song, artist or album art... annoying... grr...

    also i did fix permissions and tried running terminal again, still a no go...
     
  21. hdkilner

    hdkilner Member

    I liked 6 alot, now 7 a little better left the Kernal alone experiencing great battery life even wireless tethering, Best batery life so far and ive tried 8 to date..kuddos to you.
     
  22. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    I didn't even bother reading past this point. There's simply no need for anyone to preclude a review with statement of your moral standing. No one gives a crap what your ethical convictions are or that you've managed to overcome your better sense of moral standards and lower yourself to trying this ROM to bless us with your impression of it.
     
  23. darkside

    darkside Android Enthusiast

    Like anyone really cares how far past his post you read just because you didn't agree with with the first part of it. Just to flame someone because of what they think about the Dev or what they think about the rom is just as bad as what your complaining about in the first place. But at least he went on to contribute to the thread and give his review of the rom. But then again, you have a reputation to uphold huh?:cool:
     
  24. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    And your return flame is thus justified?

    Pot calling the kettle black?

    Fear not, thread has been reported.
     

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