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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 The best Gingerbread ROM for Motorola Cliq/Dext

  • 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-overclocked The best Gingerbread ROM for Motorola Cliq/Dext

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 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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