Yesterday I wrote a post where I listed some of the best custom ROMs for the HTC One X. Being an open source OS for mobile devices, Android open for you new vistas when it come to the customization aspect. No other OS in the world gives you so much choices for custom ROMs on your mobile phone. This is the beauty of beloved Android. At one hand, this variety is a boon, but on the other it is also puzzling and so many of us get confused when trying to choose a good ROM for our Android phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is one of the most powerful phones out there. Millions of people own it and this popularity attracts Android developers’ and prompts them to develop more ROMs and apps for this giant device. This article aims at saving your precious time and providing a shortlist of some of the best ROMs that can enrich your experience with your Galaxy S II.
One might ask: “Why should I install a custom ROM?” The answer goes like this: Most stock ROMs are made with a view to addressing some ideal features that depends on a balance between battery life and performance. They are also stuffed with so many apps (bloatwares) that are mostly of not much use to an average user and make the device slower. Using the same stock ROM on our device for a longer time, we get bored of it. This is where the search for a good custom ROM begins. Installing a custom ROM might solve this issue very easily. You get a variation, features of an upgraded version of the OS that are not often officially available for the phone, better battery life, smoother UI experience, faster performance and what not.
If you wish to flash you SGS2 for the first time, let me tell you cannot install any custo ROM on your device unless you root it. By rooting your device, you will get access to the system files and writing/modifying permissions. Moreover, you will also require to install the ClockworkMod Recovery tool. To know how you can Root Samsung Galaxy S2, head over to our easy guides:
X-TremE CM10 Pure ROM aims to give you a pure Jelly Bean experience on your Samsung Galaxy S2. The ROM is very stable, smooth and fast. Moreover, it is also battery-friendly (tested it for two days with satisfactory battery-life).
Having tested it on my SGS2, I was greatly impressed by this powerful and beautiful ROM. I had switch reluctantly to MIUI ICS ROM to test my new MIUI theme. Here are some of the cool features offered by the X-TremE CM10 Pure ROM:
The following features are a kind of optional in the ROM. You will to select them while installing this ROM.
Here is the step-by step method to install this ROM on your SGS2. You can use it with all ROMs listed below.
Developer: Faryaab (Donate)
With SuperNexus I9100 (Jelly Bean/AOSP) ROM, you can experience a pure Jelly Bean on you very Samsung Galaxy S2. The ROM features Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1, latest CyanogenMod Kernel, all Jelly Bean features and apps and many others.
Follow the same steps as described above under “X-TremE CM10 Pure ROM” topic. To flash the GApps, copy the file to SD Card and just repeat the Steps 7-8.
This is one of the best and most popular ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S II. The MIUI ROM gives you the look and feel of the iOS and the functionality of Android OS.
You can get all about this ROM with complete installation guide HERE.
If you are thinking of buying a Samsung Galaxy S3, just hold a minute and rethink. Here is the SalmanRom V4 (SGS3 Themed ROM) for SGS2 that can give you a pure Galaxy S3 experience on you present device. The ROM is full of features. It is fast and battery-friendly. I have used it for 20 days and still think it is one of the best.
To get the download link, features and installation guide for the SalmanROM V4 click HERE.
Developer: Westcrip (Donate)
Resurrection Remix JB ROM GT-I9100 is yet another Jelly Bean ROM for SGS2. It’s a feature packed ROM with great customization options. Resurrection Remix ROM is based on AOKP, CM9/10. As a result, you get an awesome combination of performance, customization, power and the most new features, brought directly to your Device.