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

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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