The best Gingerbread ROM for Motorola Cliq/Dext

How many Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) ROMs did I try on my Motorola Cliq/Dext? Frankly, I lost count of ‘em. I tried almost every ROM mentioned @Simply Android. Yes, tried almost every ROM, except the actual nightly from CyanogenMod (CM7). Reason: because of my previous experience with unaltered CyanogenMod Gingerbread ROMs on my other phone, Motorola XT502. My bad, I was under the impression that all CM7 ROMs are buggy, and that the bugs are really not taken care of. Well, it depends on the maintainer and how involved he is in testing and releasing the builds.

Nelson Giordano, the Morrison (code name for Cliq/Dext) maintainer makes the difference here. Every nightly, right from build cm_morrison_full-58 until the most recent one cm_morrison_full-83 is flawless.

Cliq Dext Cm7 nightly screenshot

  • Not a single illegal reboot – uncharacteristic of CM7!
  • Nothing less than 46 hours worth battery juice – you can get even more when you wipe battery stats!
  • Very very smooth transitions and menu scrolling – tell me any other ROM that accomplishes this on a Cliq/Dext
  • Excellent overclock support in the kernel – I’m running at 729 MHz with No-frills CPU Control
  • Just can’t believe that the automatic brightness control is perfect – it’s still a problem with the latest nightly on my Motorola XT502

Cliq - Dext safe overclock values

It’s very hard to find fault with these builds. I’m sure Nelson is working on a still more tweaked kernel with much better overclocking and battery capabilities. My Cliq/Dext wouldn’t have been so lovable and functional without the effort of CM7 + Nelson + the other developers!

It took me almost 45 days to write this review; ‘was testing every available Gingerbread ROM before becoming loyal to the aforementioned CM7 nightlies.

Simply Android and modmymobile.com provide us with a bunch of other ROMs built on CM7 and also a couple of pure AOSP ones. I would say, you can avoid them for now!

Please share your views if you think the others are better…

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14 Responses

  1. Tarun Singh says:

    what is best rom available for xt502 acc to you

    • ubiquit says:

      Phantom Rev 4a is the best ROM – but it’s Froyo! The best 2.3.5 ROM is the latest set of nightlies from CyanogenMod.

      • slycooper77 says:

        @google-148a2f94c7ad046c55608dbec1f9703b:disqus – There is no stable 2.3 ROM for z71/xt505 :(. You can try SuperAOSP 8.8 AW http://www.ubiquitense.com/technology/superaosp-8-6-aw-for-motorola-xt502-and-commtiva-z71-devices/3043/. This is by far the stable of all 2.3 ROM’s that I have tried. The only issue that I am seeing is with call end button doesnt work sometimes as expected (fall back is touch call close). You may feel lag sometimes. I am currently using it (3rd try) since last 2 days. I have disabled all animations and it is OK. For 2.2, I would suggest Phantom Sky Revolution 1, http://boston-mania.blogspot.com/2011/05/froyo-phantom-sky-revolution-v1.html. This ROM is always a fallback for me. The only I have with this ROM is batter life (especially for 3G). I have used number of CM7 ROM’s and could not find a stable one (including the ROM mentioned as stable :)). Anyways thanks to all the hard work that the developer are doing.

         @ubiquit:disqus – I was never able to get download link for Phantom Rev 4a. Can you please post the link? Do you know the differences between Rev vs. Sky Rev? Does it have better battery life?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can I install it on moto XT5?

  3. guest says:

    It also helps that the Cliq is officially supported, while the XT502 isn’t…

  4. BAsante says:

    I was really enjoying froyo 2.2 rom till I found that other parties can’t hear me (even through bluetooth headset) till I mute and unmute my device during a call. I would like to give this Gingerbread a try based on its cool reviews around the web. But I would like to find out if this issue can be solved by this rom. Thank you

  5. Mastrmic says:

    awesome review now where can i get it…?

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