ROM Comparisons: Hacked vs AOSP (Cyanogen) vs MIUI
Posted by Brian Henry
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
In case you are just looking for information on a certain type of ROM, jump ahead in the video to:
0:53 for Hacked ROM overview
6:28 for ASOP ROM overview
13:06 for MIUI ROM overview
So you have a rooted device and you see a ton of different ROMs you can choose from…but you do not know what the differences are? This is a common problem and many people feel overwhelmed when making their first few ROM selections. We are going to discuss the most commonly found types of ROMs so you will know what to expect from each one.
Obviously we could not touch on every aspect of each but we have covered the highlights of all three major ROM types.
Hacked (or Modded) ROM:
Modified manufacturer’s ROM
Usually maintains same look and feel as stock device (to a point)
Overclocking is available and performance is generally better than stock
Limited customization and theme options in comparison with other ROMs
The basic Hacked ROM is typically debloated (free of excess software added by the carrier or manufacturer as found when purchased)
Unique ROM design which is an AOSP ROM with a custom overlay
No app drawer in stock launcher – feels more like Apple’s iOS
Exceptional customization and theme options (perhaps the most)
Biggest negative – occasionally you will see Chinese text in places
Again, If the build is stable, performance should be superior to stock device (even without overclocking…but of course overclocking is typically available)
Click here for link to ROM used in video
Note: Every device will have a different level of support from developers. Not all devices will run better with one style of ROM versus another. Some devices may never see one or more of these types of ROMs.