First of all, I want to get this out of the way: We at DroidDog do not encourage rooting or modding your phone, and if you are inclined to do so, do it at your own risk. But if you’re already rooted, this article may be for you.
At LifeHacker, they have composed a list of the 5 best Android ROMs compiled by their readers. And these do seem to be the 5 most widely used (that are for many phones anyway, my daily driver ROM is one exclusive to the AT&T Galaxy SII). These ROMs are available for multiple phones, with some being available for an incredible amount. So let us examine their choices.
This is probably the most popular ROM ever created. It supports a staggering number of devices officially, with many unofficial ports working flawlessly (and many not working so well, so read before you flash!). This was the pinnacle of the custom ROM world, with infinite customizations and modifications being done to it. CyanogenMod 7 was the ROM of choice for most people. However, with CyanogenMod 9, it seems they are falling behind. The customization options have gotten weaker, there are less features, and it acts a lot more like a stock build with root than a custom ROM. It’s unfortunate, but someone has taken its crown.
Android Open Kang Project (AOKP)
I’d give that crown to AOKP. Its vast amount of settings and customizations just brings flashbacks of the good old days, endlessly tinkering with CM7 settings that are no longer present in CM9. Damn near anything can be changed in AOKP. They even constantly innovate new features, like nav bar widgets. The developer support is growing at a really fast pace, and many devices are being supported. I ran AOKP on my Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, and Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s crazy fast, crazy customizable, and just overall the best AOSP ROM I’ve ever used.
For me, MIUI’s prime was before Ice Cream Sandwich. Stock Gingerbread was ok looking. The gray wasn’t horrible, but it was not appealing. Froyo was plain ugly, in my opinion. But MIUI was gorgeous. It completely redid every single part of the UI imaginable, added beautiful animations and gradients, and just made the phone look stellar. Sure, it was iPhone-ish in one way or two, but it was an amazing Android experience. In my experience, it was always slightly buggy and there was never a perfect build. But I dealt with any bugs just to revel in the beauty of this ROM. And for what it’s worth, the battery life was insane on my SII with MIUI. Maybe it’s not as important now, since ICS looks amazing. But the looks are completely different, and MIUI still doesn’t fail to impress. It’s no less a great ROM than it was before. And the customization options are endless, with its custom and incredibly powerful theme engine and massive theme support.
This is a ROM available for some Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Galaxy S, and Galaxy SII. It’s meant to be a ROM that’s as slim as possible (hence the name). Its developer support is limited, but that shouldn’t stop you from using it. If you want the absolute smallest and leanest ROM, try this one.
Liquid Smooth ROMs
I never had a chance to try it out, but the Liquid Smooth series was released on the DROID, DROID 2, DROID X, DROID Incredible, Thunderbolt, and Galaxy Nexus. Its fame comes from its label of the fastest ROM available. If you want to give it a go, I’ve heard great things about it.
But now it’s time for your opinions. Dear viewers, what is YOUR favorite ROM? Tell us in the comments, we’d love to know!