Posted by: Magnus Sandstrom in Android, Android ROM, HTC, tags: AOKP ROM, htc sensation xl
I have been running a lot of different ROMs on my HTC Sensation XE since I got it a little over 8 months ago. Everything from CyanogenMod 7 & 9, MIUI, OpenSensation, AOSP, and other custome built ROMs with and without Sense. I also tried the CyanogenMod 9 Nightly for the Sensation for about a week but felt that to much was changed every night for a review of that ROM to be fair at the moment. As soon as they release a stable version I will give it a go.
The ROM that has been and still is my favourite at the moment is by the AOKP team, home of the pink unikorn. AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) is much similar to the CyanogenMod/OpenSensation projects on the surface. They are both based on a clean Android Ice Cream Sandwich build but have different special tweaks and add-ons to make it even better. It is in the Settings where you will find the major differences between the ROMs.
Here is the ROM Control. This is where you can tweak more and more things for every new release of the ROM. For example there is the Lockscreen options where you can set different elements to the lockscreen like weather, battery percentage and calendar. As soon as they add notifications for new mail, text and missed calls I will no longer need to run WidgetLocker. Here you also have the possibility to add costume lockscreen wallpaper and change text colour.
I also especially like the Statusbar section making it possible to tweak everything from how the clock is displayed, what toggles (buttons to turn on and off wifi, Bluetooth etc) are shown, and what type of battery monitor is to be used. You can even get the batterybar like on the MIUI ROM without a third party app which I really like (se thin blue line at top of all screenshots).
Besides all of these tweeks the ROM is filled with goodies in the form of a growing collection of wallpapers with and without the AOKP logo (yes it is a unicorn and it rocks). Alos the AOKP ROM for HTC Sensation has been around a little longer and I find it a bit more stable and a little quicker than its CyanogenMod counterpart. If you are looking for a stable clean ROM for you phone and you own one of the models listed below than I truly recommend you to give the AOKP a run.