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How to find the rom that is right for me

Discussion in 'Droid 2 Roms' started by pc747, Dec 7, 2010.

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    This thread is just to help guide you on what roms to try based on what you are looking for. This thread will grow as we learn more about the different roms and as we have more developers make roms for the droid 2. This thread is neutral and will not suggest one rom over another it will just point you in the way you want to go based on what you prefer.
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    What rom is right for me:

    A) Vanilla android
    or
    B) Blur

    Description: Vanilla android is what originally came with the droid 1 and the Nexus...it is Android from source with out the phone putting their UI on it. The benefits to vanilla android is performance, the ability to customize the device to the fullest with out having apps or widgets preinstalled. Disadvantages: not having the customized widgets made by motorola. Having to search the market to install all the apps and widgets you want (some may see this as an advantage but to others new to android it can be a disadvantage). The UI does not look as stylish as the motorola U.I
    MotorBlur: Is motorola's UI layered on top of android o.s. It is designed to provide better user experience and come pre-installed with apps and widgets designed to attract the average user. Advantage is the look and the widgets. Disadvantage: loss of performance, lag, unwanted app pre-installed.

    Vanilla Android Roms:

    Fission: This rom is made by team defuse and is a blurless rom. It offers the vanilla android feel similar to that of the d1 and Nexus one. see more of his work here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/fisson/

    Epic: Also a vanilla android rom built from source, epic is created by Matt4542. See more of his work here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/epic-d2/

    Gummy Jar: A rom created by Kejar31, the developer classify it as an ASOP like rom that is based off moto rom. It is cleaned up and geared towards speed. See more of his work here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/gummyjar-droid2/

    Liberty: Kejar, the developer of Gummy Jar, paired up with Jrummy to bring users a rom that combined the stability of Gummy jar with the tweaks and tools that Jrummy provides in his apps. This rom is stable, fast, and just all around blurless and full of tweaks and mods. Make sure you check out the toolbox for ways to tweak the rom. http://www.droidforums.net/forum/liberty-rom-d2/

    Cobalt: Is a pure AOSP rom for the droid 2 and droid X developed by Matt4542. It is the only true AOSP rom for the droid 2 that is out and functional. There are some minor bugs that the developers is working out, but it runs great and for those coming from the droid 1 world they know how smooth an AOSP rom can be.


    Blur Roms:

    Squidlymandingo: Created by Squidlymandingo, this rom keeps the motoblur and looks to improve on it to provide a better user experinece. Squidly also allow for users to choose what part of blur to keep if any. See more of his work here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/squidlymandingo/

    ApeX: Created by Fabulous, originally designed for the Droid X but now ported the to the droid 2. This Blur rom also improves on performance. The team moto is 2 parts AOSP and 1 part Blur All ApeX. See more of his work here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/apex/



    My Spill


    SO what is the best rom? The best rom is based on the user experience, a rom that may be great for me may not be as cool for someone else. Android is about choice and the ability to choose what is right for YOU based on what you want your device to do. There is no great rom out there it is just what is the rom that is the best for you.

    I do not see my favorite rom. If I left a rom off post and I will update the op.

    I think __________ developer/rom suck. Ok keep it to yourself or for another forum, this thread will not tolerate bashing a dev or the supporters of a certain rom. This is just designed to provide users with basic knowledge of each rom so they can decide for themselves what to try. And as always make sure you make a nandroid backup and that you have rsdlite prepared just in case. Flashing a rom is your choice and your device is your responsibility. Always protect your investment by making sure you pay attention to the instructions on how to install the rom and do not proceed with installing a rom until you are confident in how to restore a nandroid backup and how to use rsdlite.
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    It will be nice to be able to send people here. One comment though, you may want to add a description to squidlys rom explaining that it is also selective blur. Basically comming in two flavors, blur and little to no blur, and that you can decide after the fact which peices of blur you would like to keep or ditch.

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    Good post, using rom's is definitely a choice of personal preference. I USED to prefer Fission because of its availibility of themes. Now I'm using Apex because its different, it still has good parts of Blur in it, and it has themes and cool transitions. Thats why I use it. It definitely is all about what feels right for you. The best thing to do by far is try all of them.
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    Thanks Spaz I will make that addition.
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    Nice post! I learned something new today. I also didnt know anything about the Apex rom.. *looks it up*
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    Apex is brand new. Just got ported from the x and fabolous has been very supportive. From what I understand there aree several other ports on the horizon so keep your eyes peeled.

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    Im'm definitely glad to see that Droid 2 is starting to see some support and get more things ported over. If I could find a decent thread on porting x to d2 I'd be more than willing to help the cause; however, I don't own an X which I keep seeing is a need to port. However, i downloaded the JDK and Android SDK kit and have been playing with the emulator making framework image modifications for last few days. Mostly playing with differences in the lock bar since it is an easy mod.
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    I will be using each devs rom for a week so I can provide better info and help. During that period Ima bug the heck out of the developer if any of you have any questions about a particular rom that I am on feel free to ask. I will not answer "what rom is better".
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    I am currently using the fission rom all this week so ill take all questions about that. If I do not answer immediately be patient. I am not on the forum all day just during periods at a time.
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    Do you mean you are using the fission rom that is currently out or the new RC available on the website? I've been curious to try this one, but i've had such luck with Squidly's which was first ROM i've ever tried that I didn't bother trying other's yet.. (clue word yet).dancedroid
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    I am on 2.2.2 the one on the website looks to be for the droid x I can try to find the dev and get that info for you.
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    Ima add something here...during this time Ima invite the dev of the rom to tell us about themselves and the group and during the week ask them to answer questions about the rom. So this will give people a chance to learn more about the rom.
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    Being the dev of fission released a new version I will be trying that this week. Again I will not post how I feel about the rom because that is not the point of this thread. I will use it to answer questions and give tips on how to install and make the best out of your rom experience.
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    Those using 2.3.1 on the droid 2 the dev noted it is safe to use the 2.3.20 sbf if there comes a need for it.
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    Ensure that when you are flashing a theme that you be patient I was tempted to do a battery pull but it takes a while and you will be at the droid eye for a lil bit.
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    That's a big 10 4

    There have been several times I felt tempted to pull the batt on first boot. Just sit back and wait to feel that vibrate.

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    I said before that during the time I use a dev's rom I would ask them some questions so people can get a little insight. Now I am not going rock star with it and asking them for their autograph because that would be whack IMO, but this will let you see sort of the mind behind the rom.

    SO here are my questions (my questions are in red) to Angdroid and his answers.

    1) Tell us a little bout yourself, your crew, what yall do, and what got you started with android and developing for it.

    2) With the "locked bootloader" many devs were afraid to take a crack at making roms what made you take it on?

    3) What is fission and what are your future goals for this rom?

    4) Here is a tough question but I know it in the back of people's minds. Though Koush, Jrummy, and other devs have a rom manager or a mod type app on sale in the android market. Why are you "selling" a rom manager and what is the real difference between the light and full version? And are you going to put fission manager on the market?

    5) being that you have a base with Aosp roms have you looked into collaborating with some of the droid 1 devs so they can tey to port some of their roms to the droid 2/x/global?


    Thanks for your time and continue you work on this nice rom.


    My first Android device was the G1 when it first came out. I was a long time Windows Mobile user and attempted to make the switch when the G1 came out but I was not able to get a cell signal in the apartment so I went back to AT&T and to HTC WinMo devices. I switched to a Droid 1 after I had an issue with AT&T customer service and knowing WP7 was going to be a stinker so I decided to make the switch. It wasn't until this past July or so that I made the switch.

    I guess you can say I started my development at that time. First thing I did was do a search for droid forums which led me to droidforums.net. Read all the guides where I learned how to root, theme and some other stuff. From there it led to me to Koush's work and cvps. Followed their guides and created a ROM or two for myself. Was nothing worth publishing since it was based off of their work and just contained my little tweaks and settings I liked.

    2) With the "locked bootloader" many devs were afraid to take a crack at making roms what made you take it on?

    My stubbornness made me take it on. I could not stand blur after using generic Android for a few months but wanted to upgrade to the Droid 2.


    3) What is fission and what are your future goals for this rom?

    Fission is our Blurless ROM for the Dorid 2, Droid X, Droid 2 Global, soon to be on Motorola Milestone 2 since there have many requests lately for it and hopefully Droid Pro.

    The name came to me quickly after seperating Android from Blur :)

    The future goals of this ROM is to carry it over to new Moto Android devices. What myself and other team members have learned over the past few months can be carried over to future Android devices by Motorola that use Blur. I am very happy with the Moto Droid series of phones and Verizon service so I see no reason to change any time soon.

    A good example of this would be the new Droid2 Global ROM that was just released. I was able to get it up and running fairly quickly with what was learned from the Droid 2. Moto did make some changes to it which made it a bit more difficult to convert the source of the Global into more of a generic Android build. So hopefully they do not lock it down more with each new device.


    4) Here is a tough question but I know it in the back of people's minds. Though Koush, Jrummy, and other devs have a rom manager or a mod type app on sale in the android market. Why are you "selling" a rom manager and what is the real difference between the light and full version? And are you going to put fission manager on the market?

    That is a tough question?

    :)

    I do not see the difference between the apps you mentioned and FRM.

    I think there has been a lot of wrong information spread around and hopefully this clears it up.

    I like to call Fission ROM Manager contribution ware at this point. We do not have a minimum price and offer a great way for you to install ROMs and add ons to your device.

    The ROM, hotfixes, themes that devs wish to put on FRM and many other add ons for it can be found on the Lite version.

    Fission ROM Manager full has more content, options and you are not just "buying" the ROM Manager. There are planned apps that will be hitting the market for a small price which will be on FRM Full for no additional fee. You also have a direct support email to myself and in the short future to other team members. For people who donate over $25 get a Team DeFuse Got Root? T-Shirt to go with FRM and future apps.

    I actually think our model is better than Koush's model (Disclaimer: I am not knocking ROM Manager nor Koush). We do not have a set price for the app and we are starting to share "donations" with devs who are creating themes for Fission. It is not much but a way for everyone to get a little something.


    5) being that you have a base with Aosp roms have you looked into collaborating with some of the droid 1 devs so they can tey to port some of their roms to the droid 2/x/global?