The Droid Eris and Gingerbread

by Aaron 11. August 2011 00:13

I rooted my phone some time ago. I then flashed it with a custom ROM with undesirable results. I've been pretty unhappy with my phone lately because of a lack of storage space for apps, it's slow, and I get bored easily.

Do I get a new phone? No, not yet.

Do I try flashing it with a ROM again? I think Yoda said it best. You know what he said.

In my search, I discovered that some of the newer ROMs give the user the ability to move apps to the SD card. Sounds like just the thing! But what ROM do I use? I did some research and found that there is a ROM (more than one actually) that is based on the latest CyanogenMod release. I read a little about it, and I decided to do it, not try it since...you know...thanks Yoda.

The splash screen that comes up is pretty cool. Totally non-functional, but I appreciate CyanogenMod's splash screen.

I have found very little reason to complain about this ROM! It's been very stable with some minor exceptions. I find that I can't run Navigator with GPS on and listen to music through the player at the same time. After a while, the phone spontaneously reboots. Also, for some reason, it couldn't get location through GPS once.

I'm also not a huge fan of LauncherPro, which is the UI installed as opposed to something like HTC Sense. It works fine, and I've got it customized now, but every once in a while, I would accidentally start to resize a widget or icon, and it would nag about buying the upgraded version to allow for resizing your home screen widgets. Not a deal breaker by any means.

The ability to move apps to the SD card has been great for me. This made the effort of reinstalling all of my apps totally worthwhile.

After about a week, I installed an app called Battery Calibration. I reset the battery stats (whatever that is or does). My battery life has been great. I can go a couple of days without having to charge the phone. A definite improvement over the stock ROM!

I've been running the ROM for a few weeks now, which is more than I can say about KaosFroyo (sorry Kaos!). If you're getting tired of your Eris (or other older Android phone), I would definitely recommend trying one of the CyanogenMod "unofficial" ROMs. For me, it's been mostly stable, snappy, and refreshing to use!

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