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Kimbaroth

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This answer probably is going to sound harsh, but it is truth (at least for me hahaha).

I've tried literally every custom rom from here (and also a few ones that are baked outside XDA, i.e. HOS, the Android 12 build, etc) and yeah, not even one custom rom gets near the stability, compatibility and battery life of MIUI.

I don't like MIUI at all, but the battery consuption and stability is the best to be used as a daily driver. I hate when I want to do something on my daily basis and then I fail to do it because I'm using a custom rom, for example: bluetooth issues when connecting the phone with my car, video calls having audio issues, low volume on calls, etc) or just taking a photo.

MIUI covers all those little points, and at the end of the day, is the only rom that fullfill all my needs. I personally use eu (the weekly release), as it is just an optimized version of MIUI, but yeah, I still dream on the day that a custom rom gets to the same level of stability and compatibility as MIUI. I TRULY love pixel like roms, but I just don't wan't to sacrifice stability or just simply downgrade the cam quality just for that.

And if I really need to chose a custom rom, I'll pick Lineage, it's the best custom rom out there, has awesome battery life, extra features and the rom/mantainers are not just going to stop developing the weekly nightlies just because they get tired of it. On second place there is HOS, the only issue with HOS that I had is that the thermals of my phone gets real high when I play games (this does not happen with other roms).

=)
 

Noe367

Senior Member
This answer probably is going to sound harsh, but it is truth (at least for me hahaha).

I've tried literally every custom rom from here (and also a few ones that are baked outside XDA, i.e. HOS, the Android 12 build, etc) and yeah, not even one custom rom gets near the stability, compatibility and battery life of MIUI.

I don't like MIUI at all, but the battery consuption and stability is the best to be used as a daily driver. I hate when I want to do something on my daily basis and then I fail to do it because I'm using a custom rom, for example: bluetooth issues when connecting the phone with my car, video calls having audio issues, low volume on calls, etc) or just taking a photo.

MIUI covers all those little points, and at the end of the day, is the only rom that fullfill all my needs. I personally use eu (the weekly release), as it is just an optimized version of MIUI, but yeah, I still dream on the day that a custom rom gets to the same level of stability and compatibility as MIUI. I TRULY love pixel like roms, but I just don't wan't to sacrifice stability or just simply downgrade the cam quality just for that.

And if I really need to chose a custom rom, I'll pick Lineage, it's the best custom rom out there, has awesome battery life, extra features and the rom/mantainers are not just going to stop developing the weekly nightlies just because they get tired of it. On second place there is HOS, the only issue with HOS that I had is that the thermals of my phone gets real high when I play games (this does not happen with other roms).

=)
That's what I was wondering. Now I'm might be switching... Just some questions, are the gestures working with custom launchers on MIUI that's essential? For the rest, I may try it myself
Now there are still many MIUI based custom ROMs (MIUIVN, xiaomi.eu, OneOS, MIUIMiX, etc)
That's a sad truth, hope one day AOSP ROMS will be better... I heard once that custom ROMs only become better after the device is not any more maintained by the brand.

I don't want to test ROMs for the rest of my life......
 

Kimbaroth

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That's what I was wondering. Now I'm might be switching... Just some questions, are the gestures working with custom launchers on MIUI that's essential? For the rest, I may try it myself
Now there are still many MIUI based custom ROMs (MIUIVN, xiaomi.eu, OneOS, MIUIMiX, etc)
That's a sad truth, hope one day AOSP ROMS will be better... I heard once that custom ROMs only become better after the device is not any more maintained by the brand.

I don't want to test ROMs for the rest of my life......
Sadly nope, gestures only works with Xiaomi's launcher (either poco launcher if you are using an stable official rom or milauncher if you are using anything else).

I wish we have the possibility to AT LEAST use custom icon packs (like with poco launcher) on the mi launcher, but meh, we'll have to live with this. =/
 
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Noe367

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Sadly nope, gestures only works with Xiaomi's launcher (either poco launcher if you are using an stable official rom or milauncher if you are using anything else).

I wish we have the possibility to AT LEAST use custom icon packs (like with poco launcher) on the mi launcher, but meh, we'll have to live with this. =/
Ahh, I think this will keep me away from MIUI for now...
 

zaki789

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Jul 22, 2019
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Xiaomi Poco F3
This answer probably is going to sound harsh, but it is truth (at least for me hahaha).

I've tried literally every custom rom from here (and also a few ones that are baked outside XDA, i.e. HOS, the Android 12 build, etc) and yeah, not even one custom rom gets near the stability, compatibility and battery life of MIUI.

I don't like MIUI at all, but the battery consuption and stability is the best to be used as a daily driver. I hate when I want to do something on my daily basis and then I fail to do it because I'm using a custom rom, for example: bluetooth issues when connecting the phone with my car, video calls having audio issues, low volume on calls, etc) or just taking a photo.

MIUI covers all those little points, and at the end of the day, is the only rom that fullfill all my needs. I personally use eu (the weekly release), as it is just an optimized version of MIUI, but yeah, I still dream on the day that a custom rom gets to the same level of stability and compatibility as MIUI. I TRULY love pixel like roms, but I just don't wan't to sacrifice stability or just simply downgrade the cam quality just for that.

And if I really need to chose a custom rom, I'll pick Lineage, it's the best custom rom out there, has awesome battery life, extra features and the rom/mantainers are not just going to stop developing the weekly nightlies just because they get tired of it. On second place there is HOS, the only issue with HOS that I had is that the thermals of my phone gets real high when I play games (this does not happen with other roms).

=)
So better stay with miui then?
 

litetaker

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Dec 2, 2011
1,735
615
London
Google Pixel 2
Hey all, I have been using ArrowOS for a while now but I am a little frustrated that the camera app is not as good as the one in MIUI based ROMs and even GCam can't enable all features available in the stock camera app. And cameras are really crucial for me. As well as a bug with incoming phone calls, where I cannot hear the other side until I enable speaker phone.

So, in that sense is the only option for me is to use a MIUI based ROM to get access to the stock camera app? Also do MIUI based ROMs give me access to all the stock features that are missing in AOSP based ROMs like Dolby support etc?

Lastly, what do you all suggest in terms of best features and most stable ROMs? Is it better to go to MIUI based ROMs to have the most features/most stability or some AOSP ROM?
 

Barracuda77777

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Jul 29, 2011
1,252
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Xiaomi Mi 6
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
Saying which rom is the best .. It is so subjective, because if you look closely, the vast majority of users will recommend and say that the rom they are using is the best.

Personally, on my previous mobile, I was using only miui, specifically the Xioami.EU and I was delighted.

But when I switched to Poco F3, I decided that even though I was happy with Miui, I wanted to make a change and try something else, hence I have been trying some roms (not all, because luckily, we have many to choose from).

Personally, I wanted them to work if not perfect, as well as possible, without apparent failures. That the performance is very good, that the battery behaves, but above all, that they provide you with a plus of personalization (extra adjustments and pops to put on the mobile).

So I tried:

- ArrowOS -> Quite happy, everything was going well and with some customization touches, I recommend trying it if you are looking for that and I think that it also updates from its own updater, in case you do not want to always carry the TWRP in tow.

- Hentai OS -> I don't like it at all, due to its null customization. I have also tried it 2 times, due to the good opinions that I have always read when they talk about it and to see if after a few weeks, it had improved in that aspect, but nothing, no matter how good they say it is, I don't like it at all nor does it give me that extra that I am looking for, so it is not a rom for me. Now, if you are looking for an experience as similar to a Pixel and as I mentioned, with zero customization, this may be your rom.

- Evolution X -> I tried the first version and it didn't really look bad. What happens, I think that the issue of updates is somewhat stopped and they have not released many since then, but I'm not sure about it either.

- LineageOS -> What to say about a mythical rom. I tried the first version and everything was going so well, that it is already a joy. I think this rom is also updated directly from its own updater, if you keep the TWRP they recommend for installation. It works in general lines very well, you have the security of the great community behind it and that it will be constantly updated and it also has its personalization touches, therefore, another recommended test.

- crDroid -> For me, for the use that I give to the mobile and what I was looking for as I said at the beginning, to this day, the "best" rom that I have tried by far. Everything works really well, it has customization options to give and sell, which I have not seen in other AOSP roms (as you will see, those based on miui I have not bothered to try any rom, because I wanted a change of miui after so many years being only true to miui). Above is constantly being updated with performance improvements and new customization options. And in addition, the developer / group of developers are very active and answer any questions that may arise, either in the rom thread or in the channel that is dedicated to the rom and our mobile in particular, the Poco F3, on Telegram.

This is broadly speaking, my totally subjective opinion, that there will be someone who may agree with me and surely many others, who do not agree.

But asserting that such a rom is better than the rest, just because it is the one you use, without giving any weighty argumentation, does not make much sense, because it can lead to mistakes, for someone who has no idea about roms.

The best thing is to know what you want and based on it, try different roms for several days each, in order to form a strong opinion and with arguments.

Sorry for the brick.​

This answer probably is going to sound harsh, but it is truth (at least for me hahaha).

I've tried literally every custom rom from here (and also a few ones that are baked outside XDA, i.e. HOS, the Android 12 build, etc) and yeah, not even one custom rom gets near the stability, compatibility and battery life of MIUI.

I don't like MIUI at all, but the battery consuption and stability is the best to be used as a daily driver. I hate when I want to do something on my daily basis and then I fail to do it because I'm using a custom rom, for example: bluetooth issues when connecting the phone with my car, video calls having audio issues, low volume on calls, etc) or just taking a photo.

MIUI covers all those little points, and at the end of the day, is the only rom that fullfill all my needs. I personally use eu (the weekly release), as it is just an optimized version of MIUI, but yeah, I still dream on the day that a custom rom gets to the same level of stability and compatibility as MIUI. I TRULY love pixel like roms, but I just don't wan't to sacrifice stability or just simply downgrade the cam quality just for that.

And if I really need to chose a custom rom, I'll pick Lineage, it's the best custom rom out there, has awesome battery life, extra features and the rom/mantainers are not just going to stop developing the weekly nightlies just because they get tired of it. On second place there is HOS, the only issue with HOS that I had is that the thermals of my phone gets real high when I play games (this does not happen with other roms).

=)
Although I disagree with your assumptions about battery life, having a ROM free from spyware and adware will always trump a Miui rom that is a beta at best.
 

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    Hey here is a list of some custom roms for alioth, it's not mine but it could be useful :)

    https://alioth.knecht.rocks/
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    What is lacking in Havoc/CrDroid/EvolutionX ? I mean what made you switch back to arrow os ? banking apps worked in Havoc/CrDroid/EvolutionX . Could you please explain with some pros and cons in detail ?
    Thanks In Advance :)
    I had no issues with banking apps in either of the ROMs. Basically they are mostly the same. Havoc/CrDroid/EvolutionX have more customisation possibilities and are a delight to play with.
    But the three main reasons I stick with Arrow OS are Double Tap to Wake that works, Viper4Android that works without any issues (like not processing sometimes), and because it boots in around 10 seconds with Poco unlocked logo. From the Android logo to pin entering it takes 6-7 seconds. Battery consumption seems a little bit better in comparison with the three ROMs mentioned before. For the banking apps i use magisk hide. Google Pay works also, but only if your bank is compatible with GPay. I use Gestures and Nova Launcher and for hiding navigation buttons I use NavBar remover Magisk module ( i made a thread about hiding Nav buttons). I use MIUI Control Center to customize the Android Shade beyond any ROM could. I also use Acca app to limit charging to 90% only and shut down at 4% percent to protect the battery. The native SmartCharge function is no longer available in most ROMs.
    Also Arrow has automatic updates, just like MIUI or Windows, and are frequent, at least one per week. That's about it, for anything else you need to ask specifically for ...
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    Hey here is a list of some custom roms for alioth, it's not mine but it could be useful :)

    https://alioth.knecht.rocks/
    I love you master this is the most effective post
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    IDK, a rom from a page called "the90sguy" with literally 0 support and literally 0 facts as "proof" to really say that that rom is "THE BEST ROM NOW" is kinda... shady.

    This is why we have new threads every week from people asking for "HELP" because they "bricked" their phone.
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    Saying which rom is the best .. It is so subjective, because if you look closely, the vast majority of users will recommend and say that the rom they are using is the best.

    Personally, on my previous mobile, I was using only miui, specifically the Xioami.EU and I was delighted.

    But when I switched to Poco F3, I decided that even though I was happy with Miui, I wanted to make a change and try something else, hence I have been trying some roms (not all, because luckily, we have many to choose from).

    Personally, I wanted them to work if not perfect, as well as possible, without apparent failures. That the performance is very good, that the battery behaves, but above all, that they provide you with a plus of personalization (extra adjustments and pops to put on the mobile).

    So I tried:

    - ArrowOS -> Quite happy, everything was going well and with some customization touches, I recommend trying it if you are looking for that and I think that it also updates from its own updater, in case you do not want to always carry the TWRP in tow.

    - Hentai OS -> I don't like it at all, due to its null customization. I have also tried it 2 times, due to the good opinions that I have always read when they talk about it and to see if after a few weeks, it had improved in that aspect, but nothing, no matter how good they say it is, I don't like it at all nor does it give me that extra that I am looking for, so it is not a rom for me. Now, if you are looking for an experience as similar to a Pixel and as I mentioned, with zero customization, this may be your rom.

    - Evolution X -> I tried the first version and it didn't really look bad. What happens, I think that the issue of updates is somewhat stopped and they have not released many since then, but I'm not sure about it either.

    - LineageOS -> What to say about a mythical rom. I tried the first version and everything was going so well, that it is already a joy. I think this rom is also updated directly from its own updater, if you keep the TWRP they recommend for installation. It works in general lines very well, you have the security of the great community behind it and that it will be constantly updated and it also has its personalization touches, therefore, another recommended test.

    - crDroid -> For me, for the use that I give to the mobile and what I was looking for as I said at the beginning, to this day, the "best" rom that I have tried by far. Everything works really well, it has customization options to give and sell, which I have not seen in other AOSP roms (as you will see, those based on miui I have not bothered to try any rom, because I wanted a change of miui after so many years being only true to miui). Above is constantly being updated with performance improvements and new customization options. And in addition, the developer / group of developers are very active and answer any questions that may arise, either in the rom thread or in the channel that is dedicated to the rom and our mobile in particular, the Poco F3, on Telegram.

    This is broadly speaking, my totally subjective opinion, that there will be someone who may agree with me and surely many others, who do not agree.

    But asserting that such a rom is better than the rest, just because it is the one you use, without giving any weighty argumentation, does not make much sense, because it can lead to mistakes, for someone who has no idea about roms.

    The best thing is to know what you want and based on it, try different roms for several days each, in order to form a strong opinion and with arguments.

    Sorry for the brick.​
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    I got GCAM work on Arrow without any problem. Selfies & video quality is superior to the stock.
    Try MGC with IronHrt xml

    The IronHrt XML for gcam.

    The Gcam MGC APK.

    To make life easier :)
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    Currenly, Arrow and Syberia are the best to me. I've flashed every rom many times as I have an extra Poco to play with. The runners up for me are crDroid and AICP. If you use the Always On Display you won't get great battery life on any of the ROMs. One of my pet peeves is if the rom doesn't have something so simple like a clear all button at the bottom in recents and an option to only show the battery percentage in the statusbar then it's a failure.
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    For MIUI roms i always go to EU rom, but anyways with this Poco F3 the best rom out there it's Arrow OS, fast, continous updates with his own updater, necessary customization, and this last update is something really good. Flash and forget anything.
    As Calamaros said best ROM is a matter of subjective preference. I also tried for at least one day in this order Xiaomi EU, Pixel Experience, OneOs, Syberia, Arrow, Havoc, Crdroid, EvolutionX, Lineage. In the end the winner for me was ArrowOs because is really, really fast, NFC, banking and Netflix (L1certification) works, not as customisable as HavocOs, Crdroid and EvolutionX but not lacking either, and the battery seems to last the longest. I don't game but I do Netflix, HBO and Emby alot and I get 7-9 hours screen time of 1080 playback at 50-60% luminosity on Data and Bluetooth (AptX HD). Animations are set at 0.5x and unnecessary boot apps disabled. If it helps someone...
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    Great news, Official Lineage is on the way :)