- Jan 2, 2010
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In the period between BB.4 and BB.5, I've messed with LFY, UD, Sapphire, and SS4.7. I was actually annoyed by some of these ROMs. UD was annoying just to find the correct download for and once I did, couldn't get it to install. LFY gave me poor battery life. SS4.7, battery and heat issues. Sapphire gave me the least issues, but I found it sluggish at times. Some of the "features" from these ROMs also bugged me. I didn't enjoy seeing developer's logos all over my notification bar. What I did enjoy were a large set of themes and in the case of some of the ROMs, easily customizable fonts and colors (although, some themes made tweaking these a priority).
BB.5 had a slightly more imperative installation instruction than the others, but if followed correctly, gave me a very friendly experience. After applying the redraw fix and the Search fix, my BB.5 has given me the most stable, the most reliable, and the most enjoyable experience. Sure, it may not have a lot of these customization features or the quick "reboot into recovery" built into the power button, but that's why I have quick boot/clockwork mod. My battery life is ridiculous. I'm sure that the idle power draw alone would last me days as I've had moderate usage (games here or there, web search, texting, phone calls) on my 1Ghz kernel and it will still last at least 24h. This is definitely because of the incredibly low power-draw during idle. Also, the themes for this ROM are plentiful and appealing, and Pete doesn't make an effort to place his logo everywhere.
Pete's BB is about creating a far more powerful, reliable, enjoyable, stock experience while giving us the ability to customize easily. If you want extreme customization, BB may not be for your liking, but if you want a better stock experience, BB has always been a great choice.
my UD just lasted 31 hrs without a recharge, and when I plugged it in it still had 5% left. and it was a 1Ghz kernel. so while i'm sure BB batt life is great, that doesn't mean no other ROM has good battery life. I never had issues with Sapphire either. Fast, good life no heat problems.
I agree that a lot of "errors" that people report with other ROMs are user errors. these "errors" are minimized (seemingly) in BB, because BB is just a leaked OTA, which has already been extensively tested for many bugs. if pete ever released a built from source ROM, which the way it goes may not be till 2012, it definitely will not be Bugless.