I have been trying several ROMs to find out which one is apt for my Idea Blade. Saying more specifically, which ROM is capable of running smoothly on my 256MB RAM smart phone. I have tested Swedish Snow RSL7(Android 2.3.5) and its a stable rom for day-to-day use. But then heard about Cyanogenmod 7.2 which is based on 2.3.7. Later I tried ICS ROMs but all are disappointing except Burstlam’s AOKP ROM. I’d say it is the best ICS ROM to run on a Blade with 256 MB RAM.
But I am not saying it is the best ROM yet. I have tested several others too, Paranoid, Cyanmobile Experience, Konstat’s, Tilal’s, JOYOS, etc. But I wasn’t satisfied at all. Somewhere I am finding some issue, either by lack of speed or lack of applications and all.
Finally I decided to switch back to CM 7.2 based on 2.3.7. I had to made some tweaks in this ROM and then its working awesome and I’d say its the best ROM for a blade with 256 MB RAM. Following are the changes I made.
I installed CM 7.2 along with GAPPS(Google Apps). There are many applications are included which can be removed to save some space. Now installed Root Uninstall, which is used to uninstall system application and user applications. You can remove Cyanogen Wallpapers, ROM Manager, Google Car home, DSP manager etc. These applications will run in background which will consume some ram. Also you can remove music visualization wall paper, android live wall papers etc.
Always remember, do not install any application on your android device unless you use it often. Most of these applications will run in background and reduces overall performance.
Now you need to install S2E and Swapper from Google Play Store. S2E is application to SD card utility. Install it and check the options Applications, Download Cache and Private Apps. DO NOT OPT TO MOVE DALVIK CACHE AND APPLICATION DATA. it will reduce the performance of the system. Also in settings, opt to mount EXT4 without journaling and set read buffer options. Set the read buffer option to 2MB. Now comes to the other application, Swapper. This application let your device to use SWAP space so that some RAM space is freed.
Open Swapper and goto settings. Set the swap space to 128MB and swappiness to 10. Now save the settings and reboot your device. See if you feel any difference. Of course, you will!!
If you want to see how ICS performs on this device, you can try installing CM9 AOKP ROM. But it lacks FM and YouTube HQ and sometimes it is laggy. A better option for day-to-day use is CM 7.2 with above tweaks.
In a brief,
- Install Cyanogenmod 7.2
- Install root uninstall and remove unwanted applications
- Install S2E and Swapper for additional performance improvements
- Remember, do not install applications if you do not use it often
If you are uncertain about how to flash your rom read my previous posts.