What is a Custom ROM?

All smartphones have an OS, in very similar to PCs, that allow us to communicate and use the abilities of the product. This OS is what is known as the smartphone ROM. The OS is set up (or loaded) on the product during manufacture by the maker of the smartphone. Running the OS is a officially engaged procedure that attracts on the skills of specialists and technicians and is not a procedure to tried by the informal customer. A customized ROM is an OS that has been designed by someone, generally software designers, other than the manufacturer of the product,to give exclusive performance and sometimes even open abilities that may not actually be available off the shelf.

I’m by characteristics a tinkerer and so I was interested with the accessibility to upgraded ROM’s that offer more abilities on my smartphone and allows further customization to my experience with the product. Here I evaluation my encounters with a customized ROM with a concentrate on its comparative advantages and drawbacks when as opposed to stock or producer set up ROM.

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The Pros About Custom ROM’s

Custom ROM’s are available from various resources on the Online. The most well-known is XDA Developers from what I’ve seen and it is indeed where I got my custom ROM’s. My system is a HTC magic but I believe most of the factors are proper to almost any system.

  • More features are available
    Since customized ROM’s are usually developed by Application Developers they usually bring out functions that they would have liked in the Stock ROM. These functions more often than not are features that advantage the common populace of customers. You might discover them useful as well.
  • Accessibility of extra apps
    On android operating system mobile phones in particular there are programs that are not always available based on your company, the phone itself or limitations of the stock ROM. By running a customized ROM you open availability to the wide range of applications available for your OS.
  • Upgrade till you can’t upgrade no mo’
    One of the main benefits of a customized ROM is the ability to update to more recent versions of Android operating system. Unfortunately providers and mobile phone manufacturers will keep from enhancing firmware on mobile phones for various reasons, but customized ROM’s tend to be a lot less heavy and with special remodeling by devoted developers, can force your phone to the verge of its abilities. By enhancing on the performance of the ROM customized developers can take more recent versions of the OS and blend their capabilities into a delicious form to take in new life into your aging mobile phone.
  • More Customizations
    Hence the name “custom ROM.” The customizations range from changing the look and feel of the phone with custom themes to more developer specific tweaks that aren’t typically accessible with the stock ROM like overclocking the processor. There are some applications that also allow you to make use of features that your provider or the stock ROM doesn’t help because of various constraints.
  • Community Support
    While there’s no formal support, most custom ROM sources have a community of people that offer help to the uninitiated. It’s best though to do proper research before asking questions because some of the more “enlightened” members tend to be critical of questions that have enough wealth of information floating around in forums.

The Cons About Custom ROM’s

Although there are some great benefits to using a custom ROM there are some poignant draw backs that any sober-minded person will need to take into consideration before trekking down the custom ROM road.

  • You Can Brick Your Phone
    If you don’t take enough care in what you are doing you can give your phone as useful as a paperweight. The techie term is “brick” your phone. There’s a lot or reading that needs to be done to successfully load a custom ROM and if you miss some small but critical detail you may find yourself back at the mobile shop.
  • You Void Your Warranty
    It should be obvious that if you change out the operating system of your phone you smashed through the confines of any valid warranty agreement. Typically you install a custom ROM at your own risk and you will have to accept the consequences of your actions. Now one else will
  • Support Isn’t Available From The Provider
    It may be pointless to try to get support from the provider when you have a custom ROM depending on the issue you have simply because the user interface on the phone itself may be completely changed and the support techs may have no clue of how or simply will not help you. You really won’t have anyone to point a finger to if things go wrong.
  • Phone Features May Not Always Work
    Depending on your model phone, it may be more difficult for developers to reverse engineer all the drivers that get several little features to work on the phone or they may even find it’s not worth the while figuring it out. For example, my phone’s trackball would light when a notification is pending when I used the stock ROM. I couldn’t get this feature back when I loaded a custom ROM.

My Experience With Custom ROM’s

Generally, custom ROM’s I’ve been able to help from custom ROM’s.

I can change the look and feel of my phone and when the stock ROM stopped at Android 2.0, I could leverage off the work of developers to go two generations of Android above that. This also meant that I could download and use applications from the Android market (now PlayStore) that would not be allowed on my phone.

Having said that, the performance of the phone did suffer, despite all the tweaks. So although the newer features were available it started to become almost painful to use the phone with the basic function of the phone, making a call, taking inordinately long to do.

I made the decision to change returning to the Stock ROM after several years with customized promotions to see if the efficiency would enhance. It did, a bit, which brings me to believe the customized ROM may have been more lean, seeing as how there was more that I could do on it. The stock ROM comes with a lot of bloatware, applications that I don’t use. Right now I’m looking at getting a new smart phone but I believe I can the best of both worlds by just rooting the stock ROM and eliminating all the bloat.

To Use of Not to Use (A Custom ROM)

If you are a sensible kind of person that prefers to play it safe then I would suggest no. If you are technically challenged then don’t even bother, be content with your phone as it is because you may end up getting that newer phone sooner than you anticipated. However, if you’re like me, a ticker to the nth level then you’ll really find a custom ROM very hard to resist.

If anything, installing a custom ROM on you phone gives you some bragging rights if you hang out with a technical crowd.

If not, you’ll just confirm your geek status among regular, technically agnostic, smart phone users.