The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the latest flagship by the Korean manufacturer. It belongs to a new category of  hybrid device called phablet. 5.5 inch AMOLED HD display, powerful processor, amazing new features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and, of course, the revamped S Pen, all make it a powerful beast  packed inside a sleek and shiny hood.

If you own the Galaxy Note 2 (GT N7100) powerful device and want to enjoy better performance and battery life complemented by enhanced features and capabilities, flashing a good custom ROM in one big thing you need to do. The Note 2 is quite a new device but its popularity has dragged the attention of the ROM developers to it. As a result, we now have a huge list of custom ROMs waiting to be installed. At one hand the availability of large number of ROMs gives you the freedom to choose one for your device, it also poses a confusing situation where you can’t decide as to which of these is the most suited for your requirements and taste.

The present article attempts to shortlist some of the best custom ROMs available for the Galaxy Note 2 for your convenience. The parameters that have been set to gauge the quality of the ROMs are: fast performance, battery-friendliness, added features and look. So, what are you waiting for? Grab any of the ROMs listed below, flash it and enjoy!

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Installing Custom ROM on Galaxy Note 2:

If you have upgraded to the Galaxy Note 2 from some other Android phone, you must be aware that to flash a custom ROM on you device, it needs to be rooted first. If you have already rooted your Samsung GT N7100, skip it. But if it is not rooted, please read our easy tutorial on rooting the Galaxy Note 2.

Most custom ROMS come with a special installation note from the developer. Here is a short installation guide that can be followed for flashing any custom ROM on your device.

  1. Copy the ROM file  and Gapps (if provided) to your device using USB cable (internal or external memory).
  2. Switch off the device.
  3. Boot it into CWM Recovery mode: press and hold Volume up+Home+Power buttons simultaneously.
  4. Go to “backup and restore” and backup your current ROM.
  5. Wipe data / factory reset.
  6. Wipe cache partition.
  7. Go to “Advanced” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  8. Open “install zip from sdcard” option.
  9. Select the ROM file and confirm the choice.
  10. If you are instructed to flash the Gapps separately, flash it to (use step 8).
  11. When the installation finishes, select the “reboot now” option.

Now here is the some hand-picked custom ROMs for your SGN2. The sequence in which the ROMs have been listed is in random order. Do not take is as a top 5 or 10 countdown sort of thing.

1. Android Revolution HD ROM (Android 4.1.1)

Developer: mike1986

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Android Revolution HD is a good choice for those who prefer to enjoy improved, fast and power saver ROM while still having the feel of Note 2’s stock user interface. Based on latest official Samsung N7100XXALJ3 Jelly Bean firmware, the Android Revolution HD ROM is very clean, fast and stable.

How to Install:

Copy both the files to SD Card. Flash the Super Wipe Script via CWM Recoverybefore installing the ROM itself. Enter CWM Recovery>install zip from sdcard>choose zip from sd card>selsect Super Wipe file and install. Then install the ROM using the same method.

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2. Omega v4.0 with 8 Themes

Developer: Indie

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Another ROM that deserves to be recommended for your Galaxy Note 2 is the Omega ROM developed by Indie. The ROM is not new as it is available for most high-end  Galaxy Series devices. Good performance and battery life together with tons of features- here lies the secret of the popularity of the Omega ROMs. Having tested it for two whole days, I must admit it is one of the best options if you are seeking for a power-packed ROM for Note 2.

The ROM comes with integrated Aroma installer that lets you choose from various customization option while installing the ROM via ClockworkMod Recovery. The ROM also supports custom themes. You can choose from 8 themes that are available for download and try them one by one.

How to Install:

To install the Omega  ROM, refer to our ROM installation guide above. The themes come in zip and need to be flashed via CWM Recovery: Copy to SD Card> Turn off device> Enter CWM Recovery> install zip from sdcard> choose sdcard> install>Reboot system now.

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3. VeinDroid ROM for Note 2

Developer: VeinDroid Team

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The VeinDroid ROM is dark-blue themed ROM from the VeinDroid team that consists of two friends, Mirko (XaToR) and Francesco (Zeus) who have already made a beautiful ROM for the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The ROM utilizes the goodness of the Siyah Kernel and features various tweaks to make your Galaxy Note 2 work faster and more efficiently. The developers seem to have worked hard on changing the look and feel of the stock GUI of the Galaxy Note 2. I tested it for more than 11 hours or so and as a result it has found a place here. The VeinDroid ROM is marked by the flavored stock JellyBean added by some awesome tweaks.

How to Install: Refer to the installation guide provided above.

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4. WanamLite Note 2

 Developer: Wanam

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This ROM is made by Wanam who is a veteran in ROM cooking for Samsung Galaxy devices. Stability, performance and battery-life are the very foundation upon which the WanamLite ROM has been built.  The ROM has a pure stock look and gives you more free ROM to have great speed.

Installation Steps:

Refer to the installation guide posted at the beginning of the post.

Download: WanamLite ROM SGS Note 2

5. ParanoidAndroid ROM [CM 10 + Jelly Bean Hybrid]

Developer: Utacka

ParanoidAndroid-ROM-NOTE-2

The ParanoidAndroid ROM is one of the most functional and beautiful ROMs for a host of Android smartphones and tablets. It is a pretty popular ROM because of it is light, powerful, performance-focused and , most of all, battery-friendly. I have tested the ROM both on my Galaxy S3 and Note 2, and it still remains to be one of my favorites.

 The ParanoidAndroid ROM is a hybrid that combines and blends the best features of CyanogenMod 10 and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The ROM lets you enjoy the Stylus Gesture features on your Note 2. The most amazing feature of this ROM, however, is that it is very flexible. You can change between themes and chose between phone, phablet and tablet layouts for your homescreen. You can choose your favorite style by opening device Settings> Paranoid Settings.

Just download the ROM and flash it via ClockworkMod recovery. To get the Google Apps, you will have to flash the Gapps package separately.

Installation Instructions:

Follow the steps given at the very beginning of the post. After flashing the ROM, if you are unable to access the external SD Card on your device, format the ext. card to Fat32 using Windows formatting option and reinsert the card.

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6. HyperNote ROM Galaxy Note 2

Developer: Kristofpetho (Donate)

The HyperNote ROM is light-weight and so it is very fast ROM. It is a black-themed ROM that keeps away from most of the bloatwares that come with your Galaxy Note 2. If you are looking for a super-fast and battery-saver ROM for your Galaxy Note 2, you should go for it.

How to Install:

The ROM requires a full wipe to be installed successfully. You can find the detailed steps of the installation procedure at the beginning of this article.

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7. Resurrection Remix v1.0.0  Pitch Black Rom:

Developer: Westcrip

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The Resurrection Remix is not a new name in the realm of custom firmwares for Samsung Galaxy series devices. I am familiar with this ROM since my Galaxy S2 days through Galaxy S3 and now testing on my GalaxyNote. The Note 2 version of the RR ROM is a little different as it has been themes in pitch black and blue that give it a decent feel. It is based on the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware XXALJ3The Resurrection Remix ROM for Note 2 combines some of the best features of the CM 10 with stock ones, and the result is awesome.

For the past few weeks, I was waiting for this ROM to exit beta state so that I might list it here among the best custom ROMS. With RR custom ROM installed on your Galaxy Note 2, you will not only be able to get a better battery life but also buttery smoothness, fast performance and a lot of customization capabilities.

How to Install:

The ROM requires a full wipe to be installed successfully. You can find the detailed steps of the installation procedure at the beginning of this article.