[Guide] Revive Your Paperweight

  1. RJ Murdok
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 8, 2016

    RJ Murdok , Jul 8, 2016 :
    Well... There's tons of M ROMs out there that will revive our devices... It depends on what you're looking for in all honesty. Here are my recommendations:

    Sultans CM 13:


    Its solid and has the most optimisations when it comes to sheer horsepower. Its packaged with an amazing kernel, a great camera HAL, CAF optimisations, and a custom baked device tree. For the average user, this is probably your best option.



    Paranoid Android is a classic and while it may not be what it used to be it is certainly progressing. The kernel isn't as fancy as Sultans, but it is AOSP with a few PA features. It used to be my daily driver and the developer is really helpful. That said, it is a WIP so there will be bugs.



    Choose your poison :). Tesla is my daily driver right now and it really is fantastic how well everything here is put together. Several features are available from Omni and Slim. The developer is really nice and welcoming of new features, its stable, and the kernel isn't too bad although I recommend you tweak it with KA to squeeze a bit more juice out of it.

    Dirty Unicorns:


    Essentially this is AOSP with CMTE and several classic tweaks such as Fling and Pulse. I highly recommend checking this ROM out as its updated pretty often, and offers an amazing experience. The developer is friendly as well.



    Purity is very much like CM13 with a fee tweaks and enhancements to improve the user experience such as a far more advanced OTA updater, an Omni network monitor, and quick unlock. Overall everything fits in perfectly versus having a separate section in settings dedicated to tweaks. The ROM is clean and I highly recommend it to the people looming for an experience that's more so flash and forget.

    That's about it for ROMs so let's get into kernels:

    Intoxicated Boeffla:


    This is a version of Boeffla with custom tweaks such as CPUQuiet, more overclocking features, and everything Boeffla plus optimisations that I have included. I compile it with the latest version of GCC 6x from DespairFactors BB. If for whatever reason it doesn't work for you, use mainline Boeffla or a version compiled by ZaneZam.

    Blu Spark:


    The best kernel you can run for battery life and stability. A lot of CAF changes can be found here as well.

    That's about it for kernels. I'm working on my own custom kernel right now that I intend to bake into a custom version of AOSPA (maybe even Tesla) compiled with Uber and DTC.

    A great guide to unlocking your device and flashing TWRP can be found here:

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2016

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  2. Mr. BG
    Community Hero 2020 Jul 8, 2016

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  3. lourencobf92
    Froyo Jul 8, 2016

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  4. Bounze
    Honeycomb Jul 8, 2016

    Bounze , Jul 8, 2016 :
    Nice guide and will Help People who Keep asking what's the best rom

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  5. migueldbr
    Gingerbread Jul 8, 2016

    migueldbr , Jul 8, 2016 :
    I have tried lots of roms and somehow always end up on aospa again...I really love the rom. Had to flash xposed and gravity box (which i dont like to use actually) to have the extra features not yet available (double tap to sleep on the lockscreen and statusbar and custom hardware key shortcuts like "screen off" and "last app").

    I prefer roms without many tweaks and features and apps. Also, aospa is really fast

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  6. Tiongkia
    Froyo Jul 8, 2016

    Tiongkia , Jul 8, 2016 :
    Great job! A great guide for newbies.

    I totally agree with the point on there's lots of MM roms to revive our X.

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  7. Saurabh40629
    Honeycomb Jul 8, 2016

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  8. max.spock
    Froyo Jul 8, 2016

    max.spock , Jul 8, 2016 :
    Could you review purity rom as well? It's not on XDA but I've used it for a few months and it was incredibly stable and refined.

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  9. SoniaB
    Community Hero 2020 Jul 8, 2016

    SoniaB , Jul 8, 2016 :
    @RJ Murdok as this is to do with custom ROMs I will move the thread to OPX Custom Software.
    Nice compilation btw ;)

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  10. Mr. BG
    Community Hero 2020 Jul 8, 2016

    Mr. BG , Jul 8, 2016 :
    Why don't you do your own review? :)

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  11. Fstop
    Gingerbread Jul 8, 2016

    Fstop , Jul 8, 2016 :
    Good review outline & guide Thank you RJ
    What is CPU quiet?
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2016

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  12. max.spock
    Froyo Jul 8, 2016

    max.spock , Jul 8, 2016 :
    I don't mind doing my own review but I have different parameters and my review might end up focusing on different topics compared to the rest of the Roms reviewed. I just thought purity is another rom worth mentioning.

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  13. RJ Murdok
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 8, 2016

    RJ Murdok , Jul 8, 2016 :
    Sure! I'll definitely have a look at it. I've heard great things about it

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  14. vinz_uk80
    Gingerbread Jul 9, 2016

    vinz_uk80 , Jul 9, 2016 :
    Wow, thanks a ton RJ Murdok for this great thread.
    For the moment, I'm on OOS 2.2.1 with Blu_spark kernel, and everything is working fine, great stability (more than 40 days uptime), great battery life, very fluid with Nova Launcher.

    I'd like to find all of this with a more recent ROM, and for the moment, I hesitate between Sultan CM13 and PA AOSP.

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  15. pwseo
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 9, 2016

    pwseo , Jul 9, 2016 :
    There's also a middle-ground: you can flash Purity ROM. It's a CM13-based ROM, but it strives to be more AOSP-like, very stable and plays really well with blu_spark kernel as well. You can of course flash Sultanxda's camera HAL on it as well, and you're set :)

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  16. RJ Murdok
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 10, 2016

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  17. max.spock
    Froyo Jul 12, 2016

    max.spock , Jul 12, 2016 :
    Thanks! I also really liked the tri-state location toggle directly from the notification menu in Purity.

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  18. Fstop
    Gingerbread Jul 29, 2016

    Fstop , Jul 29, 2016 :
    CM13 Sultan day one, @RJ does YouTube stutter for you? It does using Gello browser, not too bad. It doesn't with my downloaded music videos on SDcard1. Haven't downloaded anything yet.