This is my review of Ultimate Droid 9.0.0 and ClockworkMod Recovery. I know I know there are many threads about BlackDroids latest monster but I feel obliged to voice my support for BlackDroid (and Koush w/Rom Manager & ClockworkMod Recovery).
I've been running UltimateDroid's Roms for a while now and have always, since I rooted, used SPRecovery to install/backup everything. BlackDroids releases always got incrementally better every update included something new or fixed something from a previous release and the roms generally got faster. I have often switched to different roms for comparison sake but always ended up back with BlackDroid. Before putting 9.0 on yesterday I was running 8.6 and I loved it! It was fast, stable, and had several different ways to customize it! Having always used the nandroid or update.zip to install since I used SPRecovery I was very timid about switching to Clockwork. I had read up on it and there seemed to be issues getting back to SPRecovery and it sounded like it had bricking potential, especially to a relative noob (droid is my first Android) like myself. So I installed it using SPRecovery with the update.zip he put up. I followed the posted instructions and loaded it up salivating at what it would hold but........ It was never meant to be 9.0 install using SPRecovery just wouldn't work right for me. I never got any options to install and the update was unstable at best. It would reboot, was jittery, and jumpy and the only launcher was the Helix2 which I don't like.
Making the jump. I knew this couldn't be right BlackDroid has always released great updates something had to be going wrong. I figured if BD and Cyan used CW than it couldn't be that bad right???? So I installed Rom Manager Premium. All I can say is WOW! This was easy! I can revert to stock ala DroidMod Updater, I can manage all my back ups from within the app, and I can flash back to SPRecovery if I need to! I downloaded UD9.0.0, went through all of my options during the install and it backed up my 8.6 and was installed in minutes! Now I had heard 9.0.0 was faster but I had come to expect everyone to say this after every rom update and think at times it purely psychological but hey if you believe it its as good as true. But this was ridiculous! BlackDroid this thing smokes! If you unrooted for the official 2.1 and have now missed this please kick yourself in the shorts now! My wifes phone has the official 2.1 and mine UD9.0.0 and it puts hers to shame! Seriously make the jump by ROM manager and support Koush for his hard work. And for god sakes download UD9.0.0 and donate to BlackDroid!!! These are some of the hardest working developers we have in our community and they deserve the props! Thanks BD and Koush hit me up if your in the Chicagoland area and I would love to buy you a drink sometime!