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Friday Poll: Custom ROM or Stock?


After the original DROID had finished its run as the top Android phone on Earth and we started to see new phones touch down on what seemed like a weekly basis, we also starting seeing a dip in the development scene. With so many phones, it was tough to pinpoint the best ROMs, best developers, and in our case, cover it on a regular basis. Also, phones these days are so incredibly powerful, that we rarely have to worry about overclocking to get better performance, tweak kernels to extend battery life (outside of the Galaxy Nexus), and remove custom OEM skins to fix a device. We understand that there is still an amazing ROM scene that is producing incredible features, but it’s just not as tight as it once was.

So as we do often, we will ask the status of your phone. Are you running a custom ROM or is your phone stock? And if you’d like, feel free to list out your device and specific ROM in the comments. If you are stock, be sure to tell us why.

Custom ROM or Stock?

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  • Executor 32

    Running CM10.1 on my GNex. I started out stock rooted/unlocked, then switched to CM10 when Verizon was taking forever to OK the JB update.

  • BrianLipp

    VZW GNex: Shiny AOSP ROM + Franco Kernel

    N7: Stock, rooted + Franco kernel

    N10: Stock, rooted + Franco kernel

    Dont really need the customizations of other ROMs, Stock/AOSP based ROMs do fine for me (although that Paranoid Android “Expanded Desktop” is intriguing…)

  • I’ve rooted and ROM’ed every phone I’ve owned until my current one (OG Droid, Thunderbolt, GNex, now Note II.) The Note is so nice that I don’t feel the need to root at all (yet)

  • jpiasecki17

    Stock no Root but unlocked with a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, running Nova launcher with Glass Theme Icons. I have never had a problem with my Gnex. It’s fast, stable, and happy with 4.1.1. I have had problems with my Nexus 7 and 4.2. Yes 4.2.1 has helped but still it’s not all that stable. maybe 4.2.2 will fix these issues. I think that’s why Verizon has delayed the update, also Asus has not updated my TF700T Infinity pad yet which is weird because they are usually fast. But I’ve heard the delays are because all of the bugs and issues with 4.2.1, I would rather wait for a stable OTA and not have to worry about a ton of issue’s. Plus 4.1.1 to 4.2.1 updates are very minimal at most.

  • thee_dj

    whats the point of owning an android device if you never root it?!

    • malcmilli

      because stock android still allows you to tether and customize the look of your device while not having random reboots at the worst possible times?

      • David Becker

        There are stable roms that don’t give you any hassles.

      • Simon Belmont

        Pretty much every ROM I’ve used on my Android devices since 2009/2010 have been stable. I think I’ve experience, AT MOST, two of three reboots EVER with all of those devices combined.

        There are shoddy ROMs out there, but you can find quality ROMs quite easily if you read the forum threads and know what you’re getting into. Research is your friend.

        • malcmilli

          I use cm10 on my Evo LTE, it is stable, but there are random reboots occasionally when I’m using my GPS. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pro rooting, I can just understand not having the need to root. You can still toss on nova launcher and call it a day.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. I understand your point of view. I have talked to people that have random reboots on some custom ROMs, and it’s not fun. Especially when you REALLY need your phone to work.

            I think the vast majority of people have pretty decent experiences though. Of course, that’s just a shot in the dark. Rooting and flashing custom ROMs isn’t for everyone. It’s just nice that there is that option.

    • bitch_please

      You can customize android enough without root for a typical non tech-savy user.

  • I had to put my galaxy nexus on a custom rom because 1. Verizon takes too long to update there phone. 2. I needed better battery life. And 3. NEXUS Evolution Rom is far the best stable rom and battery life has more than one day of casual use……

  • Detonation

    Stock rooted Razr Maxx with the bloat frozen. Quite happy with the JB update.

  • TheDrizzle

    GNex – Paranoid Android 2.99
    Nexus 7 – Stock rooted

  • NicholasMicallef

    Galaxy S II – currently running CM10.1 but I might check out stock when 4.1 is released.

  • Galaxy Note II – Stock but rooted, tired of the instability ROMs provide. Waking up and radios not working on an important day, or phone won’t boot. Tired of it. Maybe when Android 5.0 comes out I will flash a ROM.

  • Aaron

    I’m stock and unrooted on a Motorola Electrify M. The stock ROM is pretty good, and should be upgraded to 4.1 soon. I would have to unlock the bootloader in order to root. Worried I would lose functionality if I unlock the bootloader.

  • cole hartman

    Rooted stock because I can’t find a decent ASOP/Stock rom that was made for the T-Mobile Note 2 only the International variant.

  • paul_cus

    Nothing I feel I need through rooting, so I keep it stock.

  • zepfloyd

    Let’s face it, Custom ROMs matter a LOT more when there’s new version of Android recently released and you want it. Once the popular phones have it (and generally do with Jellybean) the reasons to go down a big step. Let’s see this poll by the summer…

  • Phone- root
    Small tablet- stock
    Big tablet- stock

  • CM10.1 Nightlies on VZW GNex.

  • Dave

    I don’t have time to maintain a buggy or partially working ROM anymore, so stock unless rooting is absolutely necessary for some reason.

    • Yeah same here, stock but rooted for some root apps.

      • Dave

        Out of the box, my GN2 allows for non market apps and apk files. Kind of nice….

        • malcmilli

          isn’t that all phones?

  • FknTwizted

    I run with 2 phones GN2 (non-rooted)for my daily personal and a GNex for my work daily which is rooted and stock cause JB is so smooth its hard to justify alternate ROMs. but I have it rooted so I can use apps like tibu, WiFi tethering, etc just wish my chef had the hardware of the note2

  • steven sullivan

    Verizon Gnex running JBSourcery 4.3 and currently using next launcher.

  • EvanTheGamer

    But Custom ROM of course. Galaxy Nexus equipped with Pete’s last ever Android ROM, Bugless Beast 4.1.2. 🙁

    • SD_Scott

      Move to Shiny, you will not regret it…

      • EvanTheGamer

        Do you have a link, kind sir? And is it speedier than Speedy Gonzales in a sports car and smoother than butter on ice?

        • SD_Scott

          I think it performs very nice. Antutu score on last BB w no OC was 7726. Antutu score on latest Shiny w Tiny kernel (no OC) was 7496. Not sure if that’s because of the kernel I’m running but I don’t notice the difference in my daily use…

          ROM Link: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/36706-romaosp421132013-shiny-ota-like-stock-android-421-jop40d-no-bugs/

          • EvanTheGamer

            Sweet! Thanks, sir. I’ll definitely give it a look and see what happens.

          • ArrowCool

            Count me as another convert to Shiny. I’ve got a few of my other buddies with the GNex to move over as well. Runs like a champ, and still has that stock feel. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

          • EvanTheGamer

            That’s great to hear! I’m definitely not disappointed in the least with Pete’s Bugless Beast 4.1.2, so if Shiny is as, if not more fantastic than BB, then I’m sure I’ll be quite impressed with it!

          • Jwhap

            Shiny is equivalent if not better in almost every way. Evan, you will love it! Just make sure to flash with the newest cwm for 4.2 or you will cuss at yourself!

          • EvanTheGamer

            Hmm…just seen your comment. Anyways, thanks for chiming in about Shiny! I’m going to start backing up my apps to get my G-Nex ready for Shiny! Can’t wait to go from BB 4.1.2 to Shiny 4.2.1!

            I wonder though…how are the radios on it? I was on an important phone call earlier today and then suddenly the call cut out(this has been occurring for quite some time now since going to BB…maybe once every 20-30 calls or so). Wasn’t good. Is this due to BB(the ROM) or the phone itself?

          • Jwhap

            I have not had any radio issues at all. Just flash the radios on the rootziki website he posted everything.

      • Aaron

        +1 on shiny

  • SD_Scott

    GNEX Shiny ROM w Tiny kernel. Absolutely amazing.

    • Aaron

      So far I’ve been getting pretty good battery life and performance on the stock kernel that comes with shiny. Is Tiny that much better?

      • SD_Scott

        I made the switch bc I heard battery life was unbelievable on the Tiny kernel. Honestly, I haven’t noticed a difference. I’m still getting around 8 hrs of regular usage on my extended battery.

        • Aaron

          People seem to be getting good results with Tiny, LeanKernel, Franco, and stock. I may just have to try them all I guess.

  • Bionicman

    been there, done that. After getting the Note 2, i’am perfectly happy with stock no root. its stable as f* and fast. and i actually enjoy some of the touchwiz features. if i still had my GNex, i would have voted custom rom/root fo sho

    • JetBlue

      The ongoing wifi notification and apps missing from the multi windows bugged me too much that I had to root and put 4.1.2 (CleanROM) on it

    • I was happy with stock as well…until I found MIUI with the Touchwiz base. All the features with perfect MIUI. Best Rom ever.

      • Trey Mitchell


        miui + touchwiz???

    • Robert Farrow Jr.

      I agree picked up the note II drop dead gorgeous same weight as the s3 literally (because that’s what i came from) now the s3 feels like an iphone all small and tiny… SLOW compared to the quad power goodness. I wonder what it’s going to be like with Key Lime Pie ;-P I AM sorry for the *fans reference. Ha.

  • Funny u asked this, because I was just debating whether or not to root again, after my GNex took a crap last week. My Verizon Gnex died on me and wouldn’t turn back on, I was rooted with Aokp latest 4.2 rom. I had to send it back rooted and lost all my pics and videos. Tried everything known to man to get it back powering on for 2 days, it just died. I think it fried once I OC’ed it to 1.5ghz, and was using it while on my charger and it just died. My replacement Gnex is stock 4.1 and I haven’t experienced no lag whatsoever. For the past year I’ve had my other Gnex rooted with customs ROMs OC’ed, while experiencing lag on almost every ROM one way or another. Its been 4 days without a restart or anything on this phone. Its been running flawless, so I’m hesitant to root again.

  • Jim McClain

    Come on, you cant come on here without rooting and running custom roms, these guys on here will beat you down till you do. They wore me out, I caved in and did it, should have long time ago….:-) Bamf 2.4 , which is 4.1.2 smooth as silk Galaxy Nexus

  • Tim242

    Verizon Note II – Jelly Beans 6. TW based ROM, AOSP themed. Can still use S-Note and Samsung settings. Best of both worlds.

  • Banks

    Stock! Got tired of flashing, bugs, unstable and always checking for the next new rom . Switched to iPhone 5 from my sgs3! Sorry guys!

    • Tim242

      Sorry guys? You are the one that traded down. Apologize to yourself. Forgiveness won’t come easy.

    • That’s why I got a Note II and am running stock, no ROMs.

  • Nucking_Futz

    Galaxy Note 2 Clean Rom Ace. This phone is pretty awesome and probably doesn’t need a rom, except for all of the stupid little things that Verizon did. I was on the GNex before, and it absolutely needed a custom kernel to be able to get through half a day on just standby.

  • moelsen8

    Nexus 4, stock rooted. Waiting on CM 10.1 M or stable release. Actually could probably be happy with it as-is if I had to be.

  • Keith Sumner

    Razr M, stock no root. I don’t see a big need to root or custom ROM it. I can disable the apps I don’t use.

  • sk3litor

    Aokp jb 5. Smooth and no bugs. My phone is miiiinne!!!

  • YARDIE87

    rockin BAMF Paradigm 2.3.5….patiently waiting for 4.2 based BAMF….. other ROMS ….nice try….we dont need those endless toggles/themes, we rooted for a reason…no bloat ^_^ take a lesson from BAMF>>>>JUST ENUFF tweaks/toggles/solid/stable/!!! team bamf baby!!!…

    • DroidzFX

      Need to get out more.

    • Jim McClain

      Love the bamf

  • Gabriel

    Dual Boot- Custom ROM + Stock.
    What should I select?

  • Steve Wroblewski

    Stock rooted ICS on my Bionic. Used to run Eclipse before the ICS upgrade. I like stock because there are no tradeoffs (fully functional camera, webtop, etc).

  • Greg Morgan

    All of the Above?? S III with Custom Rom, DNA Stock, Razr M rooted.

  • Custom ROM Fuego de Toro on my nexus

  • Mine is the un/official Razr Maxx leak…

  • DaveTea

    Stock (rooted) on my N7 but Muzzy 4.2 on my VZW G-Nex.

    • DroidzFX

      JellyBeer on N7 will make butter its that smooth.

  • Raj

    Im only on a custom rom because verizon refuses to update my galaxy nexus

  • Custom ROM is a must on my GNex. On AOKP with lean kernel but I’m gonna try that Paranoid Android expanded desktop mode.

  • CM 10.1 nightly on my Galaxy Nexus. Love it

  • rsavaiano

    Running MMuzzyROM for Toro on my VZN Galaxy Nexus. Would much rather be on stock though and be on Google’s update schedule. I’m planning on leaving Verizon once my plan is up in March.

  • Been running Paranoid Android 2.9 for a few weeks now. I LOVE the fact that they re-wrote it from the ground up using AOSP!! I have a VZW Gnex on Jelly Bean 4.2.1 AND can set my phone to display phone/phablet/tablet PER APP!! Can’t wait for PA 3.0 with the new PIE navigation system!! AOSPA FTW!!

  • Rodeojones000

    Running Nexus Evolution on my Galaxy Nexus, but as soon as I’m done with this comment I’m flashing BAKED v7 (which was released within the last hour).

    On my Nexus 10 (amazing device by the way) I’m using the latest official AOKP build from Steve Spear. Might be the most perfect ROM I’ve ever used on any device.

  • DroidzFX

    10.1 JellyBro. Been running great no issues. Theme chooser is primary reason for CustomRom.

  • just_sayin

    Stupidest question ever asked on this site… Come on kellex, you know who your users are

    • Keith Sumner


      • EvanTheGamer

        That’s what Dwight says to Jim when he does or says something idiotic. And there you go. lol

  • MCSquared

    AOKP 4.2 has been really laggy, so I’m gonna try CM 10.1 and see how that runs.

    • its been great, love the nightlies. aokp is falling apart it seems..

  • MattH818

    Nexus 4 CM 10.1 Nightlies because awesome and Bionic Stock ICS .246 rooted because VZW sucks and custom roms don’t work well.

  • chaoslimits

    Custom rom just for screen off volume skip.

  • Firelight

    Been runnin’ AOKP (toro) for a while now.

    They’ve been slow with the new sauce lately. Teasing new lockscreen actions and nav bar options but not released them yet.

    Hungry for some new Kang!

  • ItsASamsung

    Stock + root because my phone is a daily driver and I can’t afford something not working. However at the same time I do like to play with known working mods every now and then and use root apps.

    • Aaron

      I’m running Shiny 4.2.1 OTA. Pretty much completely stock, I haven’t found any bugs that keep it from being my daily driver so far.

      • I ran Bugless Beast when I had my Nexus, “pretty much stock” but had many issues like my radios not working one morning or not booting up.

        • Aaron

          No issues like that so far. Radios work fine, good GPS lock, and wifi works well.

      • i replaced Bugless beast with Shiny. Only issues is occasional bluetooth audio issues.