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    What are Your Favorite Custom ROMs?

    This thread is for the diehard DroidXers who are still out there, and the new DroidXers who were fortunate enough to purchase a great old phone that had a lot of developer support (Many thanks to those folks!).

    Over the past two years I have tried a number of ROMs, and I have tested them with Quadrant using similar base apps so I could get somewhat of a reliable baseline of performance.

    All ROMs below are evaluated with ROM Toolbox, ROM Manager, PowerAMP, StickyNotes Widget, Transparent Weather Clock, and Quadrant installed.

    Note: Quadrant scores can vary by as much as 200 from measurement to measurement. The scores reported herein are simply snapshots of each ROM at one point in time.

    Below are some of my favorites from a few different categories. Please post some of your favorites to this thread as well!

    Blur based Roms:
    Blur based ROMs are smooth and have outstanding battery life.

    Note: These ROMs and their associated files can become corrupt if downloaded directly to your phone. Download them to your computer and transfer them to you phone via USB. Be sure to check the MD5 Sums before flashing.

    Liberty: Froyo-like custom Rom
    1. Great lock screen customization; can access up to four apps directly from the lock screen depending on the unlocker you choose
    2. Smooth
    3. Fast boot (30 to 40 seconds)
    4. Operates between about 200 and 225 meg of free ram
    5. Liberty Customizer allows choice of AOSP or blur for a number of system apps, such as camera and gallery; donate required to apply themes
    6. Bootstrap built in and CWM included
    Quadrant Score: 1829 (CPU 1351, Mem 1972, I/O 3747, 2D 556, 3D 1517)

    Vortex
    1. Looks like very much like a hybrid between Froyo and GB
    2. Limited lock screen customization without flashing or using outside launcher/locker
    3. Smooth
    4. Really cool cartoon-like icons
    5. Moderately fast boot (40 to 50 seconds)
    6. operates with between 180 and 200 meg of free ram
    7. Bootstrap built in and CWM included
    8. Themes must be flashed
    9. Does not come with Swype, and cannot restore stock Swype; so use TouchPal X
    Quadrant Score: 1661 (CPU 1449, Mem 1976, I/O 2837, 2D 546, 3D 1496)

    Shuji
    1. Limited lock screen customization without flashing or using alternate launcher
    2. Smooth
    3. Fast boot (30 to 40 seconds)
    4. Very Lean: operates with between 220 and 240 meg of free ram
    5. Dock allows for many apps
    6. Themes must be flashed
    7. Can restore and use stock Swype using ROM Manager
    Quadrant Score: 1818 (CPU 1401, Mem 1984, I/O 3672, 2D 517, 3D 1514) 1796 (CPU 1416, Mem 1997, I/O 3714, 2D 373, 3D 1482)

    Open Android VXLR: GB that looks and feels very much like ICS
    1. Great lock screen customization; can access up to four apps directly from the lock screen depending on the unlocker you choose
    2. Smooth
    3. Moderate boot (40 to 50 seconds)
    4. Operates with between 200 and 230 meg of free ram
    5. Really good ICS theming
    6. Bootstrap built in and CWM included
    Quadrant Score: 1593 (CPU 1444, Mem 1806, I/O 2713, 2D 546, 3D 1456)

    Stock Rooted
    1. Limited lock screen customization without flashing or using outside launcher
    2. Smooth
    3. Moderate boot (40 to 50 seconds)
    4. Lean: operates with between 125 and 180 meg of free ram
    5. Great Camera; but no screenshot
    6. Comes with a great version of Swype
    Quadrant Score: 1797 (CPU 1441, Mem 1966, I/O 3538, 2D 556, 3D 1485)

    ICS Roms:

    Liquid ICS
    1. Fast start up (30 to 40 seconds)
    2. Great customizability
    3. Can set it up to completely stop using hard keys
    4. Experienced no operability problems
    5. Best battery life of the ICS ROMs
    6. Full HWA
    Quadrant Score: 1525 (CPU 1423, Mem 1621, I/O 2881, 2D 287, 3D 1412)

    Media only Roms:
    Liquid Media
    1. Moderate start up (40 to 50 Seconds)
    2. Smooth, but slower
    3. Many customizable options
    4. Full HWA including options
    5. Choice of 3 launchers: Liquid, Nova, or RAZR
    6. RAZR includes Quick Settings slide over and Circles Widget
    Quadrant Scores between 1300 and 1600: 1565 (CPU 1424, Mem 1819, I/O 2833, 2D 285, 3D 1462)

    Others:
    Pooka’s CM7
    1. Froyo-like CyanogenMod ROM
    2. great lock screen customization; can access up to four apps directly from the lock screen
    3. Well developed look, more finished than Froyo or GB
    4. Smooth
    5. fast boot (30 to 40 seconds)
    6. operates with between 200 and 224 meg of free ram
    7. Bootstrap not required
    8. Themes are easy to apply
    Quadrant Scores between 1900 and 2000: 1937 (CPU 1479, Mem 1985, I/O 4576, 2D 230, 3D 1413) Beats HTC Desire HD and Samsung Nexus S on the Quadrant baseline

    Wizards MIUI DefX
    1. Very reminiscent of Apple OS
    2. Well developed look, very nicely finished
    3. Smooth
    4. Fast boot(30 to 40 seconds)
    5. Operates with between 175 and 230 meg of free ram
    6. Bootstrap built in
    7. Limited lock screen customization
    8. No App drawer; however, the folders allow you to de-clutter the screen
    9. Dozens of well prepared, beautiful themes that are easy to apply and very complete in the way they change the look of the device
    Quadrant Scores between 1850 and 1950: 1925 (CPU 1424, Mem 1920, I/O 4483, 2D 413, 3D 1385) Beats HTC Desire HD and Samsung Nexus S on the Quadrant baseline; 1947 (CPU 1389, Mem 1964, I/O 4500, 2D 435, 3D 1448)

    SSDX (Chevy No 1)
    1. Froyo-like AOSP ROM
    2. Great lock screen customization; can access up to four apps directly from the lock screen
    3. Well developed look
    4. Smooth
    5. Fast boot(30 to 40 seconds)
    6. Operates with between 230 and 260 meg of free ram
    7. Bootstrap not required
    8. Themes are easy to apply
    9. Does not come with Swype, and cannot restore stock Swype; so use TouchPal X
    10. Camera not as versatile as stock .621 camera
    Quadrant Scores between 1880 and 1945: 1904 (CPU 1376, Mem 1834, I/O 4381, 2D 424, 3D 1506) Beats HTC Desire HD and Samsung Nexus S on the Quadrant baseline

    Still to Come: KitKat Reviews
    Last edited by Toad; 12-16-2014 at 07:53 PM.

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