I'm no hacker, but I am addicted to getting my phone to do things it normally wouldn't do. As you can tell by the title and the great news of 2.1 coming to the DROID in the upcoming weeks, my recent endeavor was to get 2.1 installed on my phone. I successfully got two different versions of 2.1 running on my phone. First, I tried the nandroid backup by ChevyNo1, who appears to be a very talented person. That WiFi tether patcher worked flawlessly for me, so kudos for that. Using that backup did not go all that well. So, I decided to revert back to 2.0.1 and found the base GREEK35T Rev.0.0.41 and installed that. Unfortunately, this was pretty much the same thing. At first, the DROID was even faster. I couldn't believe it at first, it worked great. Then I started playing with it a bit more and found the following issues. Granted, some of them are minor, but worth, IMO, going back to 2.0.1:
- The app menu has a lot of font misformatting. Even short app titles would be positioned all the way to the right and would only show 3-5 characters
- The app menu was also quite slow and buggy. After scrolling past the point of the first line of apps, I would not be able to get back to that line without closing the app menu and re-opening it. It's only four apps, but still...
- The OS rapidly lost its speed. It exponentially got slower and slower. I killed ever app I could find and it wouldn't make a difference. We're talking 4-10 hours of rare usage and the phone would drop in performance by at least 40%
- This one is probably the deciding factor in reverting. My e-mails wouldn't come in. I noticed after about a day that none of my 4 accounts were getting emails. I have 3 IMAP (two different providers) and 1 POP3 and none of them would come through. I even manually tried refreshing them and nothing came through. No errors, nothing. Like there was no email. I reverted back to 2.0.1 and guess what? I was bombarded with emails.
- The initial sync is very slow to perform and rarely completes. As I mentioned above, I tried two different 2.1 images and both yielded the same results. I checked after 12 hours and 2 reboots and it still hadn't pulled down images from Facebook as an example, nor did all of my settings restore. My initial sync with 2.0 took all of 60 seconds. Yes, I am in 3G and yes, I do have good signal.
- As mentioned before, I was using 2.1 on a DROID (which may be the source of this issue). When I would slide the screen up or down, the orientation would change, but I wouldn't ever get my actual home screen background or icons to come back. I'd have to hit the home button for those to come back.
- When in an app or on one of the "spare screens" and I hit the home button, it usually results in a baron screen, no icons, no widgets, no nothing. I usually hit home again to get this to come back. The notification bar is still there, however. It basically looks like a spare screen with no icons or widgets on it.
- I noticed the reboots are slower than 2.0.1, but that's probably to be expected.
- The market doesn't update the apps that I backed up with Astro file manager. This was probably the biggest disappointment as the best feature of Android IMO is the integration and cohesion of all apps. The only ones that restored from the marketplace were the ones I purchased.
- Of course, as a lot of people have reported, I had massive issues with the physical keyboard backlight. I was under the impression that this was fixed in the latest GREEK35T revisions, but I still had problems with it. This combined with everything above told me I should just revert instead of trying to fix this one.
In conclusion, I would like to state that Android is the Blackberry and iPhone killer hands down. The fact that they're not as anal as Blackberry and Apple and Android is now available on almost all carriers will butcher the iPhone in the long run. Blackberry has a strong business following on multiple networks so that will take a while longer to get rid of. I switched from a Storm and paid an extravagant amount of money for the DROID and haven't looked back since it yelled DROID at me for the first time. I'd do it again I tell ya.
With that said, I really hope that the versions of 2.1 that I tried are solely built for the Nexus 1 and that Google will tweak it before pushing it out to the DROID. All I know is 2.0.1 is much better as of right now. I will try 2.1 again at the official release and see how it goes.
Also, I just wanted to say that I'm not intending on bashing anything about Android, Google, the DROID, 2.1, or the people that have tried 2.1. I'm hoping to inform other DROID users of the issues I've had. Maybe I have a retarded DROID, or maybe the user is retarded. Either way, the cons far outweigh the pros at this point.