Droid 2: Your Patience has Paid Off!

Custom Gingerbread ROMs are abounding over at DroidForums.com! Yes, none are final but they are (in my humble opinion) finally ready enough for the real world. That means a featured post here on ADB! Both of the main ROM creators for the Droid 2/X have finally released some very decent, stable, and custom Gingerbread ROMs for your Motorola phone. Already got the OTA? No problem, these are just here to enhance your experience. Especially the Apex 2.0. His ROM had to be one of my favorites when I had my Droid 2. That favoritism continues with version 2.0 based on the latest Gingerbread available. His latest (RC2) build is really, truly 100% AOSP Gingerbread. No Blur whatsoever. This makes the pure Google experience of the Droid 1 totally possible and in my opinion is the ROM we’ve been waiting for. So long as there is at least one pure AOSP ROM for every phone, it will be a beautiful world. Bootloaders be damned, you can get a pure Google experience on your Droid 2 right now via the Apex forum hereContinue reading

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Long Term ROM Review: Apex 2.0 “Beta”

Well guys I know its been a while, but life happens ya know? And one thing you can always count no matter what happens in life is that the world keeps spinning. Including the tech world! One of our favorite devs, Fabdroid/@bigxie has done just that and released the “beta” version of his Apex ROM for the Droid X and Droid 2. Now this isn’t like what most people think of when they hear “beta”. Like he says himself, it’s “beta” in the Google sense of the world. This is no doubt a daily driver ROM. I’ve been going back and forth with other ROMs based off of various (read: waaaay too many) different leaks of the Gingerbread build from Motorola. ZombieStomped, Liberty GB, Rubix BlurryBread all come to mind and none have left me properly satisfied. Granted Liberty isn’t finished yet and I’ll of course be giving it a fair shot when it’s got some polish and finish. But until now there hasn’t really been “that” ROM based off Gingerbread for our Droid 2. In fact, this is one of the few I’ve tried that’s being made for the Droid 2. Most of the ones I’ve flashed that get updated are actually Droid X ROMs and then having the DXtoD2GB.zip flash file on hand. But this Apex 2.0 has really come along and I think you’ll be very impressed with how it looks, feels, and performs.

Keep clicking if you want to find out more in my in depth review and whether it’s worth installing for you or not!  Continue reading

Personal: New Job, New House, New Blog? (New Directions)

As most of you are (hopefully) more intrigued by that last I will start with that point. I have applied for and accepted the position of Android App Reviewer for TechHog.com. Yes, I’ll still be writing here and hopefully just as much, but there’s also this thing with having a new job. Unfortunately the only available time for me to really work for them is during the evenings. All week… While this does mean I’ll weekend nights off hopefully, it also means all my blogging is either done waay late at night (not a bad alternative) or in the morning. I really don’t know which I prefer. What also isn’t helping is still having a new house. Not just the house any more but cars, cellphones (my R2D2 was unintelligently charged to this month’s bill), and loads of other stuff from this time of year. No, I have not filed my taxes yet. I have till tomorrow! Don’t pressure me! But seriously it’s just a bill paying time of the year and gas prices aren’t helping. Thank God they’ve only hit around $3.64 here. Never thought I’d be so thankful that they’re under $4 for now. In the meantime, I just wanted to let you guys know where I’m at in life and what to expect from me in the future. I have several videos made, one of Liberty 2.0 with Oreo Slice and one of my 15 minute demo of SPB Mobile Shell 3D. Yes, I refunded it. It ran great on my Droid 2, I will say that, but it’s got some customization issues that kind of irked me. You’ll have to see the video eventually. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure out Internet by tomorrow possibly. Till then, we’ll just have to suck it up. That’s pretty much where I’m at in life. I’ll try my hardest to keep this blog up to date with both my opinions and relevant tech news as much as I can. As soon as I get everything figured out at TechHog you’ll have to check me out there too! Prayers are always appreciated, and will be reciprocated.

You stay classy, World Wide Web.

Yeah, that’s my internet connection. FML

Liberty 2.0 Update: I’m Not So Sure About This Guys…

FREEEEDOM!!!!! (Mel Gibson as William Wallace)

Well after the excitement of having something new to flash this week (See: Ooh! Shiny!) eventually wore of, I started to realize how I really can’t go back to 2.2. Gingerbread really is that much snappier (baking joke). It’s nothing wrong with Liberty 2.0. I can’t stress enough how unfair this review is. Had Liberty 2.0 come on 3 weeks ago and Gingerbread not have been leaked until 2 weeks from now this would be hands down the fastest, most customizable, and easy to use ROM available for the Droid X/2. This is a fantastic ROM. If you’re hooked (like me) on being able to customize your Android experience and are looking for the most stable way to do that to your new phone, this Liberty 2.0 is definitely the answer. I can seriously find almost nothing wrong with this ROM. I feel horrible for the timing of it because Gingerbread really stole a lot of their thunder here. Make no mistake, Team Liberty has cranked out a spectacular ROM here and anyone not willing to make the jump to either stock Gingerbread or waiting for some custom GB ROMs (like me) will be in no way disappointed. Read more after the break. Continue reading

Liberty 2.0 ROM Set for Public Release Tomorrow

Don’t get your hopes too high for this, but it looks as if JRummy16 has semi-confirmed via Twitter that his Liberty 2.0 ROM will be made public some time tomorrow. We have no reason  to doubt him, it’s just that life happens. I for one put little faith in ETA’s, but nevertheless will be watching the thread and flashing the hour I can. Speed improvements and a reworked base and toolbox are my highlighted features, but you’ll have to make up your minds about whether this ROM is worth flashing to your Droid 2/X versus the ever so trendy leaked Gingerbread. We’ll find out tomorrow! And I’ll be here first letting you know all about my impressions.

Source: Droid Forums.net