Featured: Top 10 Best Custom ROMs, Monthly Power Rankings – March 2013

| March 8, 2013 | 24 Replies

Top 10 best custom android roms monthly rankings

There are tons of Custom ROMs available out there for you to throw on your device. But many of them are only for one or two devices, which makes it hard for everyone to try them out. So we’ve put together our Monthly Power Rankings for March of 2013 with the top 10 best Custom ROMs. All of these ROMs are available on many devices. Most of them are available on the entire Nexus family of devices as well as the Galaxy S3, and a few other popular devices.

Of course, not everyone is going to agree with our rankings, but that’s fine everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you feel a ROM was not mentioned here that should have been mentioned, leave a comment below and we’ll check out that ROM.

10. CarbonRom


CarbonRom is a new ROM that is of course an aftermarket firmware based on Android 4.2.2 from AOSP. Of course, it does have some nice added features from Paranoid Android and AOKP. Some of the features included in CarbonRom are: PIE, Unofficial Voodoo sound support, lockscreen options, Chronus Clock widget (from CyanogenMod), customizable hardware and software keys, and much more. CarbonRom is available for the following devices currently:

9. Vanilla RootBox


This is another newer ROM you may or may not have heard about. It was the first ROM in our weekly Custom ROM Spotlight, this one is built from source with some features from CM, AOKP, and Paranoid Android. Including features like Per app DPI, Per app Tablet UI, OTA updates, Navigation bar color and much more. You can download Rootbox for your device by hitting this link, and it’s currently available for:

  • Galaxy Nexus (maguro only)
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 7
  • Galaxy Note 2 (N7100, L900, i605)
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100, I9100G)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (I9300, I747, T999, I535)

8. SlimBean


SlimBean is exactly what the name hints at, a very slim version of stock Android. It does come with quite a few options, like Codename Android did. Including the ability to undervolt/underclock your CPU, set up profiles, theme engine, and much more. SlimBean is currently available for many devices, but we’ll just include the most popular ones below. You can find all the downloads on their website.

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 10
  • Nexus 7 & Nexus 7 3G
  • Galaxy Nexus (maguro, toro, and toroplus)
  • Nexus S & Nexus S 4G
  • Galaxy S3 (I9300, d2att, d2tmo, d2spr, d2vzw)
  • Galaxy Note International & Galaxy Note AT&T

7. Xylon


Xylon is another custom ROM that is built off of AOSP, which means you’re getting stock Android with some added features. They bring features from FNV, CM, AOKP, TeamBAKED, and Paranoid Android. In addition to Linaro and CodefireX. It’s a really smooth ROM, and I hear battery life is pretty great too. Unfortunately at this time it’s only available for the Nexus 4.

6. CodefireX


Just like the rest of the ROMs in this list, CodefireX is another AOSP ROM that also has some features from CyanogenMod. It’s also built with a custom linao based gcc4.7.3 toolchain. It’s a pretty smooth ROM, and available for plenty of devices. You can grab your ROM from their site.

  • Nexus 4
  • Galaxy Nexus (Maguro, Toro)
  • Nexus 7 & Nexus 7 3G
  • Galaxy S3 (d2vzw)
  • LG Optimus G

5. Euroskank


Euroskank is basically just a kang of CyanogenMod, but they do bring in new features and newer versions of Android quicker than CyanogenMod, which is why they are on the list. For the most part it’s stock Android, with a few cherry picks from CyanogenMod 10.1. And available for a slew of devices, which all downloads can be found on their website.

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 7
  • Galaxy S3 (i9300, d2att, d2spr, d2tmo, d2vzw)
  • Galaxy Nexus (Toro, Toroplus, Maguro)
  • Nexus 10
  • Transformer TF300T

4. P.A.C. True All in 1 ROM


P.A.C brings the best of CyanogenMod 10.1, AOKP, and Paranoid Android all into one ROM. Hince the name P.A.C. As you can see there’s PIE from Paranoid Android, along with the tablet UI’s. The theme engine also works, along with all the other features in CyanogenMod and AOKP. It’s also available on:

  • Nexus 4
  • Galaxy Note 2
  • Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus



AOKP which stands for Android Open Kang Project, is one of the most popular ROMs since it started in November of 2011 with Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s been one of my all time favorites on a Nexus device because you can change the software key colors. AOKP also has tons of other features including performance tweaks, customizable LED notifications, and much more. Currently they are up to JB-MR1 Build 4, which is available for a slew of devices including:

  • Nexus 4
  • Motorola Droid 3
  • Motorola Droid 4
  • Motorola Droid Bionic
  • Motorola Droid Razr
  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • HTC One XL

2. CyanogenMod


This is probably the most popular ROM for anyone just getting into the flashing scene. CyanogenMod has been around since the beginning. And has gained more team members, device support and new features over the years. Including customizable quick settings, customizable software and hardware keys and much more. CyanogenMod 10.1 is available for a ton of devices, but we aren’t going to list them all here, it would take up to much space. Check out their website for all the downloads.

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 7
  • Nexus 10
  • Galaxy Nexus (Maguro, Toro, Toroplus)
  • Galaxy S3 (I9300, d2att, d2tmo, d2spr, d2vzw, d2cri, d2mtr, d2usc)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (all variants)
  • HTC Incredible 4G LTE
  • HTC One X
  • Motorola Xoom & Motorola Xoom 3G
  • Samsung Epic 4G
  • Nexus S & Nexus S 4G

1. Paranoid Android


Of course, you saw this one coming? With all the features that Paranoid Android has introduced over the past few weeks, it had to be number one on our list this month. It’s built from Android 4.2.2 source, and includes a ton of added features like Pie, per app colors, per app dpi, tablet/phablet/phone UI, and much more. Here are some of the devices that Paranoid Android is currently available for:

  • Nexus S
  • Nexus 7
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 10
  • Galaxy Nexus (Maguro, Toro, and Toroplus)
  • Galaxy S3 (i9300, d2tmo)
  • ASUS Transformer TF700T

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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.
  • randyfromreno

    Love PA on my GSM Galaxy Nexus and my GSM Nexus 7.

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  • KJW979

    I know its not available for many devices but Evolution rom by gsxrdon over at rootz is a fantastic ROM. Believe only available for GNEX toro and N7 but worth a look

  • Jon Leach

    There is a Toro build of Xylon for the galaxy nexus. Flashed it myself and thought it was…meh.

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

      Couldn’t find it for the Gnex

  • jones2229

    where’s jellybam? u gotta be kidding. tried some of the above on my i9100, not one comes close to bam

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

      Never heard of it, must only be for the Galaxy S2. We tried to get only ROMs that are available for multiple devices, if we didn’t we’d have millions of ROMs to choose from and not everyone would be happy.

      • robert guda

        There is a stable version for the note n7100 and it sure rocks.

      • http://michaeldaaboul.tumblr.com Michael Daaboul

        Jellybam is a copy of P.A.C. True All in 1 ROM which is why the thread was closed on XDA.

    • clifford hammond

      Jellybam Best rom ever

    • snoospecial

      Jelly bam is pretty good.. But I recently found task650 and the battery life is amazing! Def try out!

      • snoopspecial

        Another good option is you can keep jellybam and use the task650 kernel (underwear) instead.

    • faizal

      but battery draining

  • Gonçalo Norberto

    Alexander maxham, dont talk what u dont know, jellybam is up to +15 devices ;)

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

      That is why we ask for your favorites, because there will be some that were missed. I can’t keep up with roms for every single device, Lol

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  • Héctor Martínez

    You were missing Sourcery it’s amazing how can u miss it?

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

      Because there’s only 10 ROMs in a “Top 10″ list……There will always be some that we missed. There are thousands of great ROMs out there.

  • Airtioteclint Gamin

    The number one should be Cyanogenmod with Baked and AOKP competing for number two. Paranoid is garbage. Tablet dpi and ui’s are useless on phones. =/

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

      Garbage? Then why do they have so many users? It’s not just about tablet dpi and UI. There’s also Pie, per app colors, and its overall more smooth and CM. They are also the ones putting out the most new, innovative features.

  • Zeals

    You should try XenonHD, it’s what I’m currently rocking on my Galaxy Nexus (GSM) and it’s absolutely brilliant.

  • BitMoshi

    How could you have missed avatarrom? It supports almost 50 devices & its a really cool rom with many themes.

  • Anthony

    my top 5 favorite roms are 1.jellybam 2.pac 3.liquid smooth 4.illusion 5.carbon
    the best kernel iv ever used and is amazing is the kt747 so amazing for these roms especially the first 2

  • death

    Check out beanstalk is been showing quickly for different devices, noon but the infuse 4g are official but there are a ton of build made by different devs for their own devices just go to xda forum and search beanstalk