There are so many custom ROMs out there. When I say “many” I mean literally thousands of them. So periodically we do a top 10 of the best custom ROMs out there. Some of them are available for many devices, while others might be just for a few different devices. For those that have a 2-year contract, or if you’re in Canada a 3-year contract, you probably flash a lot of custom ROMs since manufacturers and carriers stop updating devices after a few months. So here’s our top 10 custom ROMs for the fall of 2013. Enjoy.
Xenon HD is a unique ROM which is available for most Nexus devices. It uses cherry picks from AOSP, CyanogenMod, AOKP, Carbon, and even Paranoid Android. It includes many Xenon wallpapers, a ROM settings menu, custom toggles, custom camera options and much more.
CleanROM is just what it says, a clean ROM. Takes out all the bloat, and extra code that is unnecessary. It works on the new Nexus 7, HTC One, Galaxy S4, Galaxy note 2, Galaxy S3, HTC One X and plenty other devices. Some of the features include the Aroma installer, deodexed, init.d support, performance and stability improvements and more.
8. Slim Bean
SlimBean is exactly what you’d think it is. A slimmer version of AOSP. Although it does have a dark version of many apps, which a lot of people love. The ROM is typically about half the size of AOSP, making it boot faster, take up less space and just have better performance over all. Slim Bean is available for a ton of devices. Which you can find at their website.
PAC Man is a pretty cool ROM. It brings together some of the greatest features from the top 3 ROMs, AOKP, CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android. So you’ve got features like Pie, unicorns and even CyanogenMod’s account. PAC-man ROM is available for a slew of devices as well.
Rootbox is an AOSP-based custom ROM that also uses a lot of cherry picks from CyanogenMod and even AOKP. It’s a relatively popular ROM that is available for most Nexus devices and Samsung devices. You’ll want to check out their site to be sure. The last time I used Rootbox, it was a really nice experience.
Carbon ROM is another one that uses a lot of features from CyanogenMod. It has customizable toggles, and customizable on-screen buttons, if you have a device that uses on-screen buttons. Along with lockscreen shortcuts, and much more. You can find more information form their Google+ page.
EuroSkank is a pretty popular kang of CyanogenMod. Meaning it has all the same features as CyanogenMod, with a few extras tossed in there. Euroskank does do AOKP Kangs as well. You’ll find that they support a ton of devices and do nightlies, so you can live on the bleeding edge.
AOKP is one of my favorite ROMs, I just wish they’d work on Android 4.3 already! If you love unicorns, and the ability to change the color of your softkeys, than AOKP is the one for you. AOKP is heavily based on AOSP, but does have a few of their own features mixed in. One of my favorites is the ability to change the color of the softkeys on devices that sport them.
2. Paranoid Android
Paranoid Android is undoubtedly the best ROM out there. But it’s #2 because of the amount of devices it supports. Paranoid Android has a few features that are what we call “revolutionary” or “innovative” like per app colors, halo and Pie. Currently, Paranoid Android is only officially available for Nexus devices and the OPPO Find 5.
CyanogenMod is mainly #1 in our list because they support almost every device imaginable. Almost 300 unique devices are supported by CyanogenMod. They’ve been around forever as well. They’ve incorporated some nice features into their ROM lately like the CyanogenMod account, which backs up all your information, along with some tweaks to other apps and services inside Android. For the most part, it’s a stock Android experience.