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SlimKat umts_spyder build 3.4 2014-03-04 short review

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10th March 2014, 10:57 AM   |  #1  
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Hi

I prepared short review for SlimKat 3.4 unofficial build for XT910 UMTS.
I use it for a last few days and my general impression is positive.
But lets start from beginning...

1. Instalation
I use SafeStrap, so installation process is very easy: create slot, install software and gapps, clean cache and Dalvik cache. That's all.
After booting of phone there is sort setup and phone is ready to work. ALMOST...
After next restart phone stops connecting to network and to fix that problem it is necessary manually delete CellBroadcastReceiver.apk what is very easy because SlimKat is delivered with SlimCenter containing SlimSizer when user can delete any app.
So, delete it, reboot and forget about network connection problems. Why this app is delivered with most of KitKat ROMs for XT910 UMTS I do no understand. All of them have the same problem after rebooting.

2. Daily usage
I use it as my daily driver last days and it worked really good. I noticed just one crash when I used Any.do app but I cannot reproduce it so far.
Battery life is good for me - see BatteryLife.jpg attached. On the other hand I was totally surprised when I charged battery to 102% - see Battery102.jpg - really strange.
I turned system to use ART instead of Dalvik and I haven't noticed any problem so far. Every app I used worked properly. Of course app installation time is a bit longer now, but good information is that apps starts faster.
Call/receive calls - not problem. Sound is clean.
WiFi - I haven't noticed any problem with connection/disconnecting WiFi networks. Everything worked good.
GPS gets position really fat, I was very surprised with that.
SMS sending works properly but I still cannot send any MMS message. Nevermind data transmission is enabled. I does not work. To receive MMS data transmission must be enabled. This is the biggest bug I noticed.
Flip actions to dismiss call or alarm also don't work what confuses me. It worked perfectly in CARBON 4.2.2 version I used for long time.
It looks very strange in action: flip down - no action performed, flip up - phone seems to be blocked for some time and after a few seconds you can finally dismiss alarm or call.
Memory usage is much better than in 4.2.2 ROMs. After boot there is used 434MB and free 405MB of RAM with all of my services and widgets started. Great result.
Bleutooth I didn't test. I use it very seldom and it is not much important to me.
What was new for me - used apps display. It is changed in SlimKat - nice right side panel is displayed with list of used application.

Generally I must say that I like SlimKat. It has all options I really need to use it every day. I'm happy with Real dark option which turns system and most important apps into black theme, performance good enough without replacing kernel, ART support without problems and smoothness of GUI.

I hope that strange battery behavior and MMS sending problems will be fixed in next releases

And maybe XT910 will be officially supported by SlimKat team?
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11th March 2014, 10:17 AM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by rys1908

Hi

I prepared short review for SlimKat 3.4 unofficial build for XT910 UMTS.
I use it for a last few days and my general impression is positive.
But lets start from beginning...

1. Instalation
I use SafeStrap, so installation process is very easy: create slot, install software and gapps, clean cache and Dalvik cache. That's all.
After booting of phone there is sort setup and phone is ready to work. ALMOST...
After next restart phone stops connecting to network and to fix that problem it is necessary manually delete CellBroadcastReceiver.apk what is very easy because SlimKat is delivered with SlimCenter containing SlimSizer when user can delete any app.
So, delete it, reboot and forget about network connection problems. Why this app is delivered with most of KitKat ROMs for XT910 UMTS I do no understand. All of them have the same problem after rebooting.

2. Daily usage
I use it as my daily driver last days and it worked really good. I noticed just one crash when I used Any.do app but I cannot reproduce it so far.
Battery life is good for me - see BatteryLife.jpg attached. On the other hand I was totally surprised when I charged battery to 102% - see Battery102.jpg - really strange.
I turned system to use ART instead of Dalvik and I haven't noticed any problem so far. Every app I used worked properly. Of course app installation time is a bit longer now, but good information is that apps starts faster.
Call/receive calls - not problem. Sound is clean.
WiFi - I haven't noticed any problem with connection/disconnecting WiFi networks. Everything worked good.
GPS gets position really fat, I was very surprised with that.
SMS sending works properly but I still cannot send any MMS message. Nevermind data transmission is enabled. I does not work. To receive MMS data transmission must be enabled. This is the biggest bug I noticed.
Flip actions to dismiss call or alarm also don't work what confuses me. It worked perfectly in CARBON 4.2.2 version I used for long time.
It looks very strange in action: flip down - no action performed, flip up - phone seems to be blocked for some time and after a few seconds you can finally dismiss alarm or call.
Memory usage is much better than in 4.2.2 ROMs. After boot there is used 434MB and free 405MB of RAM with all of my services and widgets started. Great result.
Bleutooth I didn't test. I use it very seldom and it is not much important to me.
What was new for me - used apps display. It is changed in SlimKat - nice right side panel is displayed with list of used application.

Generally I must say that I like SlimKat. It has all options I really need to use it every day. I'm happy with Real dark option which turns system and most important apps into black theme, performance good enough without replacing kernel, ART support without problems and smoothness of GUI.

I hope that strange battery behavior and MMS sending problems will be fixed in next releases

And maybe XT910 will be officially supported by SlimKat team?

Small update:
MMS issue: installing 8sms application solves problem. Probably Messaging app does not resize image and whole MMS message is declined by network as too big.
13th March 2014, 03:07 PM   |  #3  
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SlimKat umts_spyder build 3.6 2014-03-09
I performed dirty flash of SlimKat 3.6 over SlimKat 3.4 - no problems.
Everything works as it worked before. I haven't noticed any new problems.
I'm still not happy with bad flip actions support but that this problem exists in every of tested KK ROMs - looks it is general malfunction.
Waiting for new version...
15th March 2014, 07:46 AM   |  #4  
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bluetooth
Hi I would be curious to know if the bluetooth works, in particular in the car. also if the bluetooth has any problems pairing and keeping the pair when you change from flight mode to normal, if you have to pair again or not . thanks for the review
25th March 2014, 08:16 AM   |  #5  
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Hi

I have tested bluetooth with other phone and headset and haven't noticed any problems. You do not have to pair devices again after going off flight mode.
25th March 2014, 08:27 AM   |  #6  
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SlimKat 3.8 upgrade
Hi

I performed dirty flash to SlimKat 3.8 without problems. CellBroadcastReceiver.apk is still delivered so you have to delete it manually to get rid of cell connection problems
After that device works good. Still great memory management
I noticed that problems with flip actions seems to be almost resolved and now I can dismiss call and alarm flipping down my phone.
For calls it works immediately but for alarms I need to perform flip down - flip up - flip down and after some delay alarm is dismissed.
What I'd like to see in SlimKat are Performance options in settings. Of course I can install some app to manipulate processor settings and governors but I think this should be part of system delivery.
And, of course, XT910 is still not supported officially, so forget OTA.
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29th March 2014, 02:12 PM   |  #7  
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How about slim 4,any surprised?
29th March 2014, 02:57 PM   |  #8  
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I used SlimKat for a while and I found it REALLY FAST AND SMOOTH! I reccommend it!

Now I'm installing the 4.0 build and we'll see how it works

the only problem I experienced: when discharging completely to "0%"...my phone resets itself, quite strange/frustrating...
30th March 2014, 08:04 AM   |  #9  
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I'm still on 3.8. Yesterday I dischrged battery to 0% and phone shot down correctly , not restarted automatically.
Abou 4.0 - I'm a bit confused. SlimRoms.net does not mention that so far but in changelog we can find 3.10 version: http://slimroms.net/index.php/changelog.
I'll wait a bit
30th March 2014, 09:13 PM   |  #10  
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hello
I installed 4.4.2 build 4 and I got the network problem and after i deleted the cellbroadcast.. it worked!! but now i have a problem with the hotspot ;( my brother tried to connect but he couldn't ;( do you know what to do to solve this little problem?

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