Featured ROM Review: DarthStalker V9 for the Galaxy S3

| January 26, 2013 | 10 Replies

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Name: DarthStalker S3 Edition (Version 9 – released 1/22/13)

Description: DarthStalker ROM is a Touchwiz-based ROM with a ton of tweaks. It brings some unnatural battery life to your device as well. It also features a few AOSP and Galaxy Note 2 features. The ROM comes with both the Touchwiz camera and the AOSP Android 4.2 camera, so you’ve got Photosphere as well. The ROM is also heavily debloated, along with some great data tweaks. My data speeds have doubled since using this ROM compared to stock.

Available on which devices? 

  • T-Mobile Galaxy S3 (d2tmo)
  • Sprint Galaxy S3 (d2spr) – Released today, 1/27/13
  • AT&T Galaxy S3 (d2att)
  • Verizon Galaxy S3 (d2vzw)

Opinion: DarthStalker is a great ROM. In my opinion, it’s the best Touchwiz-based ROM for the Galaxy S3. I’ve tried out many of the others available, and none of them are as fast or as battery friendly as Darthstalker. With all the tweaks the developer has put in this ROM, you’ll love it. I initially downloaded it for the data speed tweaks, since T-Mobile isn’t that great for data speeds around here. Now I’m constantly pulling 14mbps down, compared to a max of 5mbps before. And if you want the stock gallery, status bar, keyboard, and font back on the device, there are add-ons that you can flash in Recovery. You can also install the Sony Xperia Keyboard with this ROM.

I’ve been running V8 of this ROM since it was released, and now on V9 there is a huge difference, not only in speed but also the battery life. So if you are looking for a Touchwiz-based ROM for your Galaxy S3, you’ll want to check this one out. I’m confident that you’ll love it.

Battery life: Battery life was okay on the stock 2100mAh battery. But on my extended, 4400mAh battery the battery life is insane. It’ll easily get you through a full day. Keep in mind that the stats shown below are all on 4G (HSPA+ on T-Mobile), so if you use Wifi, you’ll be getting better battery stats than I did.

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Ratings :

  • Speed (5/5) –   It’s the fastest ROM I’ve ever experienced. Even faster than AOSP ROM’s on Nexus devices.
  • Features (4/5) –  The features list is endless for this ROM, but most of them are things that are under the hood that most users won’t worry about to much. But the added features like working hotspot, and battery/data tweaks are great.
  • Theme (3/5) – It’s got a cross between AOSP and Touchwiz for the notifications and status bar.
  • Development (4/5) – The developer is very active in the threads on XDA. Sure we don’t get a new build every day, or even every week, but the ROM is super stable already.
  • Overall (4/5) – Like I said above, this seems to be the best Touchwiz-based ROM for the Galaxy S3 right now. It’s speedy and great on battery life.


Pros

  • Unrestricted Native Hotspot working
  • Battery tweaks, the battery lasts forever on this ROM when compared to stock
  • Debloated, Touchwiz ROM
  • Data tweaks for 3G, 4G and Wifi

Cons

  • It’s huge, the download is around 800MB
  • It’s still Touchwiz, so if you want AOSP or stock Android, this isn’t the ROM for you
  • Darth Vader backgrounds, if you’re not a Star Wars fan you may not like this. But it’s an easy fix.

Features

Unrestricted Native Hotspot/Tethering: On T-Mobile at least, the native Hotspot does work on this ROM and it works well. Which is one of the main reasons why I decided to try out this ROM.

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Custom Toggles: While they are not Touchwiz-themed, you do have the ability to add and remove toggles, also rearrange the order they show up in the nofication pull down. There are 24 toggles to choose from.

toggles

Conclusion

Darthstalker is a great ROM, I’ve been running it for about 2-3 weeks now, but version 9 just came out this week and it’s even better than you can even imagine. If you’re looking for a stable ROM that allows native hotspot to work on T-Mobile, then you are going to love this ROM. But remember it is Touchwiz-based, so if you don’t like Touchwiz, you probably won’t like this one.  Personally, I love the data tweaks in this ROM. Especially since I don’t live in a great coverage area for T-Mobile, these data tweaks make it much better to use my unlimited data plan.

Link: T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon

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About Alexander Maxham ()

Alex has been an Android user since the Motorola Droid back in 2010. He's been a huge Android fan ever since using many of the most popular flagships. He's currently rocking a Moto X and a G2.
  • chad

    In the article you stated this Rom is compatible with the Sprint SG3. When i used the xda link and read the op’s instructions and downloads the only compatible device listed is Tmobiles. Am i missing something? I check sprints forum daily and i have never seen this Rom listed.

    • http://www.androidheadlines.com/ Alexander Maxham

      It looks like the dev hasn’t ported it over yet, I know he said he was working on bringing it to the Sprint, Verizon and AT&T versions. Looks like it’s only on AT&T right now :( I’ll fix that in the review.

  • Derek Firth

    Just downloaded AT&T version for my Bell Mobility phone. So far so good. Almost at 100%. Will turn on WiFi, Data, BT, GPS, Screen to max and on all the time, Ingress app open and see how long it lasts, and report back with my findings.

  • wawan

    is work for samsung s3 i 9300

  • robert ross

    I would love to have this on my Sprint phone, when is it coming and if it is already here it doesn’t specifically say for Sprint, Please help.
    Thank you

    • http://www.androidheadlines.com/ Alexander Maxham

      Its already available, the link is in the review. Guess you didn’t read it :(

      • robert ross

        Thank you so much! This is amazing. This is my first ROM. I just rooted my phone yesterday for the first time ever! Any helpful things you can share would be great

  • Harry Skelton

    Just loaded this one. While I would rather it be 4.2.x or 5.x Android, if they can pull all the bells and whistles in this 4.1.1 heavily modified release and push them into 5.x – WOW!

    I gave up Paranoid Android for this one. All I can say is this has incredible battery life, lots of options (really like the notification bar switches) and I’m still exploring options with this one!

    The only thing I have found that does not work is themes. While it does allow some of its own, if you download a theme it does not recognize it. Hopefully they’ll have a patch for that.

    But this is well worth the flashing. Do what the web site says. Get it booted, enter your info, then let it set for about 10 minutes to go out and update everything.

    In a word: Awesome!

    Donations will be on their way when I get paid!

    • http://www.androidheadlines.com/ Alexander Maxham

      @google-2fce56ec9496ac35a092ff2e749d064d:disqus alot of people think this ROM has bad battery life. It really doesn’t. On my 4400mAh extended battery I can get around 6-7 hours of on screen time. The images in my review are from the stock battery which really sucks.

  • DuB

    Is this ROM available for us cellular?