Carbon Wins Again!Carbon ROM - for the HTC One (M7)
As with all my devices I have tried both OEM ROMs as well as various Thrid Party ROMs. After trial and error, and a lot of bandwidth consumption due to "Google Restore" proceedures, I have finally chosen a third party ROM for my HTC One. CARBON ROMThe Ones that were Loaded Before
It should be noted that I had initially loaded Carbon on my M7 after I was able to get past the bootloader and the general rooting. I am not a fan of HTC Sense - makes no sense to me other than to want an Windows screen on an Android phone. The problem was the only ROM I could find at the time was 4.3.x. I didn't want 4.3.anything. So I tried a few more ROMs. The list is below....ReVolt
Nice idea. Nice concept, but had problems with my system. I realize developers/hackers enjoy the work and are proud of ROMs they produce, but I could not find all the featuers that I wanted in ReVolt. Aside from a number of problems with Sync, and performance scaling. This ROM was simply a mash-up of other ideas and didn't really flow like other ROMs I have seen. Particularlly after being spoiled by +Paranoid Android
ROM. The other problems I had with it involved communications and the camera. Both of which I am sure have been fixed after I tested it, but at the time of testing - problems. That is the way things go...PACman ROM
PACman ROM has one of the best startup screens I have ever seen. Very apt for the namesake of the ROM and very cool to watch. After boot the ROM works quite well. A better ROM that incorporates goodies from other various ROMs to make one that flat out flies. This is the fastest of all the ROMs I have tested. If you want speed, this is the ROM. However, I kept having problems with loss of LTE, camera issues (as usually are with non OEM ROMs), and something that pretty much killed it as a possible for me: you couldn't shutdown or reboot into Recovery!! As much as I tried, it would always simply reboot. Not a feature I want when I am trying to shutdown my phone for security and/or battery reasons. It got the cut.ParanoidAndroidLobotomy
is the absolute best single word I could use for +Paranoid Android
ROM. This was
a great and geek drooling ROM. Maybe I only got the first cut for the M7. OK. Granted. Yet, when trying to get my phone to live and be useful in business, and to have the eye candy I love, this one got gutted!. We are talking worse than CM10 type of gutting. Gone were the modes, the DPI, the incredible features. No access to the PA console via setup. Nothing. Nada. My favorite of all the ROMs reduced to blah.
To give folks at +Paranoid Android
credit, the cut I got was one of the first ones. No offense to the developers who I know work hard and make a great product. Just this round of testing ended up to be a joykill and I had to cut this as an option for the M7.CARBON ROM
The folks at +Carbonrom
still are kicking out a great ROM. With all the great features of other 4.4.x ROMS, a lot of bells and whistles that are in +Paranoid Android
ROM, and still allowing for theming with the (now older) themes, this is a ROM to consider. The interface is great. Very simplistic and yet having a number of great options.The Good
This ROM has lots of great 4.4.x features. I had a little problem with one of the nightlies (as is the case at times) with SMS and integration of a SMS-to-Speech app I have, but it got resolved in the next nightly and all was right with the world. Performance enhancements in the menus allow you to do a lot of tweaks on the fly without resorting to SetCPU. WORD OF WARNING!!!
If your ROM has a performance option in the setup section, do not use an external performance app to configure your phones performance. They will fight each other and you'll burn battery life.
The Dark Mode is great. Something the folks at +Gmail
should learn from. Especially with those of us with eye problems and contrast. The ability to theme is great. Add Mixer - CM9/CM10 Theme
, force the apply, and nice great dark theme!The Bad
The Carbon Fibers
section does tend to leave you wondering how to apply things and where. If I wanted to change the buttons on the drop down from the status bar, there is no way to add them or edit them while in the status power menu. You have to go to Carbon Fibers and figure out where it is to change it there. Perhaps it is just me. It just didn't seem to flow or be intuitive. Likewise how to turn the menu navagation bar on and force the menu button to show. Sure, you can configure it to double tap the home button (which I like too, very nice) but the configuration for personalizing your device is a bit rough. Again, perhaps it is just me with the new layout. Perhaps I just still hoping for a bit of PA menus to show through.
Themes needs an option to display themes avaialble on varous sites. I'm sure ROM Toolbox PRO
has them but it would be nice if your ROM that supports themes would give you a few to play with, and a link where to find more.The Ugly
First is no Beats Music
driver. You are stuck with normal sound without the OEM ROM.
Second, the M7 is not a device that has developers stumbling over to make ROMs for. Especially since the M8 is due to come out. There have been issues experienced with the camera, modem speed (although I could try different modem softwares, but really don't want to brick my newly aquired phone), and with storage. USB connections as a media device are not the greatest. They have fixed a major poblem with this so I don't end up having to reconnect to the device or to resort to using an FTP Server app to get my files across.
The real ugly for me is no easy way to put the phone in PowerSave mode without digging into the performance settings. No one touch button option. Nada. Perhaps they can add that to the power menu or quick switches from the status bar.The REAL Ugly
Just take one look at my profile picture to see what I'm talking about. Seriously, the real ugly is that I have not really put this ROM to the test. Haven't tried PIE or the other on screen menu options. Would like to try tethering and see what performances are there. This I will do soon as I changed my plan with AT&T which allows it without additional costs.Future Testing
I'll look at testing the other ROMs again when they get some traction and enough comments of praise that would tell me they have the issues resolved...for the most part. Really want to test +Paranoid Android
ROM agin when it adds all the bells and whistles once more. Lastly, wanting a way to build themes, but it seems that new ways to theme are coming out with the OEMs and with future releases of Android. So I'll have to wait and see.CONCLUSIONCarbon ROM WORKS!
It is the best, most stable ROM I have found with way few problems.