I have been using the Vanilla RootBOX Rom extensively for the Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-i9100 for the past week now. It’s time for my first review of a Custom Rom for the ever-popular Samsung Galaxy S2.
Firstly, the Vanilla RootBOX Rom has been widely used and supported in the Android community by thousands of users. The team behind the Rom supports other Samsung devices including the Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. Support for this Rom is quite overwhelming as you can easily get help from the XDA-Developers forum.
Secondly, the Vanilla RootBOX is a AOKP (Android Open Kang Project), thus, includes additional modifications and tweaks which will certainly make the power user happy. Additionally, the latest build runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and includes most of the features that comes with Stock Android.
Thirdly, the Rom is fluid, fast and extremely responsive. Definitely a big change compared to the much slower TouchWiz user interface by Samsung.
Fourthly, there were numerous additions to the Rom. Here are a few:
- Several Battery Icon Styles
- Customizable Lockscreen – Transparent Lockscreen, Lockscreen Shortcuts, Custom Carrier Text
- PIE – An innovative navigational bar which includes the latest notifications simply by swiping from the lower bezel upwards
- Tablet/Phablet UI – One can enable the same tablet user interface for specific apps
- Performance Control – Overclocking and Underclock App
- Custom Boot Animation
- Improved Notification Bar with Toggle Shortcuts
Lastly, there were a few issues with the Vanilla RootBOX one being that the official Twitter App has display difficulties in which the compose tweet window is overlapped by the keyboard. It seems to be a display issue on all AOKP Roms.
Other than that, there were no battery issues at all and my Samsung Galaxy S2 lasted the entire day. If you wish to install and play around with the Vanilla RootBOX Rom check out my installation guide and video here.
If you have any Rom suggestions you want me to try out, feel free to comment below.