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

April 19, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

There are so many different custom ROMs available out there. So how do you pick out which ones are good enough to be ran on your phone or tablet? That’s where the Custom ROM rankings come into play. Every month we rank the top ten custom ROMs available. Now these aren’t all ROMs available for all devices, but most of these are available for at least 5 devices. Finding ROMs available for every device is pretty hard to do.

As always, you probably won’t agree with our rankings, but that’s what the comments down below are for. So feel free to let us know what ROMs you think should or shouldn’t be here.

10. 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

9. 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

8. 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:

7. 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

6. Liquid Smooth


Yes you heard right, Liquid Smooth is back. Which means it’s back in our Top 10 list. Liquid Smooth is built off of AOSP and adds some of their own features in there. You can check out my review of Liquid Smooth from a few months ago here. Some of the features include Statusbar mods, the theme engine, quiet hours, volume rocker music controls and so much more. You can check out their Goo.im page for downloads.

  • Galaxy S3 (d2att, d2mtr, d2spr, d2tmo, d2usc, d2vzw)
  • Nexus 7
  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 10
  • Galaxy Note 2
  • And many more!

5. 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)

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

3. Paranoid Android


Most of you won’t agree with this month’s ranking of Paranoid Android, especially given all it’s features. But it is still one of the best. 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

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



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. Just this week, AOKP pushed out Milestone 1 for Android 4.2.2 along with a new schedule for nightlies and AOKPush. Which is an app in the Play Store to keep you up-to-date with nightlies and their changelogs.  Here are some of the devices that AOKP is available for:

  • 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 X
  • And many more