Top 5 Froyo ROMs for Motorola XT502

I have tried and tested quite a few Android 2.2.1 (Froyo) ROMs, and I’m listing the top 5 in this post. I have selected these based on the criteria – overall performance, stability, number of bugs, battery life and speed.

Note: These ROMs are suited for Commtiva Z71 variants (Spice MI-300, Boston, Apanda A60, Motorola XT3/XT5/XT502, etc). I’m not responsible if you end up messing up your phone. Rooting and installation of custom ROM voids your phone’s warranty.

5. The original (unmodified) CyanogenMod ROM

ROM name: update-cm-6.1.2-Z71-signed.zip

Download links: update-cm-6.1.2-Z71-signed.zip ROM and Google Addon (MDPI)

General comments: Acceptable performance

Issues: Camera not working (solved, but not in one shot), pathetic battery life. Average stability.

More info on this ROM and other updates

4. SuperBler v4

ROM name: SuperBler-MVZ-Boston-4.1.zip

Download link: SuperBler-MVZ-Boston-4.1.zip

General comments: The current version is 4.1. After trying both v4 and v4.1, I can say that the former was less buggy than the latter. So, just in this case, the latest version is not the best. Having said that, the base is CyanogenMod, but the speed, battery life and overall performance was way better than the original CyanogenMod. Above average stability.

Issues: English translation not very good, you must be careful not to overclock your processor – don’t get it fried! Also, takes a lifetime to boot.

More info… (use Google Translate)

3. Official Foxconn ROM

ROM name: Official Foxconn ROM

Download link: F0X-3260-0-0002-A01.rar

General comments: This looks like a slightly enhanced version of the stock Android 2.1 ROM’s interface. Good battery life, stock recovery, pretty good performance. Very good stability.

Issues: Never liked the contacts/call log functionality

More info…

2. Official Apanda A60 ROM

ROM name: Official Apanda A60 2.2 ROM

Download link: Official Apanda A60 ROM

General comments: This is as similar as the aforementioned ‘Official Foxconn ROM‘, but with really good battery life. Performance was very good, with very little lag when moving across menus/screens. Very good stability.

Issues: Never liked the contacts/call log functionality

More info…

1. Firetrap TwoNights 2.2.1

ROM name: Firetrap TwoNights 2.2.1

Download link: Firetrap TwoNights 2.2.1

General comments: Excellent battery life, good animation features, very good performance (negligible lag between menus/screens), enhanced recovery (includes SD partitioning features and Apps2SD). Very good stability.

Issues: Restarted once (just once) during a call; didn’t see a repeat of this problem yet

More info…

The Firetrap ROM is worth hanging on to until we get a stable version of Gingerbread (Android 2.3)

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Have fun with your favorite ROM!

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25 Responses

  1. Sound_ick says:

    How to install firetrap? because there are several comments in boston-mania saying that it didn’t work when they instal it.
    I hope you show us how to install it.
    Or, maybe it’s just the same way to install CyanogenMod?
    Thank’s a lot

  2. Nash says:

    Have you checked the speed of the processor…. it shows only 480 Mhz max.. i checked it using CPU benchmark app.. is it really 480 Mhz on all XT502 phones are only in mine.. can you please confirm on this?

  3. Mike says:

    My XT502 has the original 2.1 ROM. If I flash it to Firetrap TwoNights 2.2.1, am I going to experience a better or worse battery life ?

  4. Joel Rhine says:

    hey please can u give me the stock 2.1 rom for motorola xt5 with a .nbo extension
    pls pls pls……

  5. Agnaye Ochani says:

    Naren, I am in deep shit! :( OK, it’s not that bad but I need r00t for the Foxconn 2.2 rom. I’ve followed calypso’s instructions on the Boston Mania post for this rom for root

    TO ACQUIRE ROOT:

    1. install clockwork recovery either through fastboot or rommanager. IF a
    certain version does not work, revert to older version.

    2. download
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6408470/su-releases/su-2.3.6.1-ef-signed.zip AND
    put it into ur memory card (DO NOT PUT IN FOLDER)

    3. reboot to recovery mode (camera + vol up + power)

    4. select “install zip from sdcard”

    5. select “choose zip from sdcard”

    6. then select “su-2.3.6.1-ef-signed.zip”

    but even that doesn’t work- I get the message that the super-user update either doesn’t work or doesn’t exist on my SD card, but IT IS there on my sdcard!

  6. Joel Rhine says:

    hey ive installed two nights…..but im gettin some bluetooth issues……i can send files but cannot receive them…..HELP!!

  7. John Smith says:

    I flashed the Apanda A60 rom and it is working well. I’ve got service and haven’t had any problems so far. Thanks!

  8. Karthik says:

    can i get the stock android 2.1 with .nbo extension

  9. shreekant singh says:

    please someone provide stock rom recovery image for moto xt502… m really haunted by the wifi n battery on cm7.1 :(

  10. Nitish says:

    Can you please provide me STOCK 2.1 ROM for Motorola XT502? I am in desperate need for it. I googled it a lot but getting no link to download the same. I have a back up of my stock rom, tried to restore it through ROM Manager but it resulted in NO IMEI and later wen tried to restore the backup again, it got stuck in the BOOT SCREEN. I tried installing Spice Mi-300 official 2.1 rom and then restore stock back-up, but all in vain. The megaupload link on this page for stock rom seems to be blocked. Please help.

  11. Alessandro says:

    Sorry, i have Motorola FIre Xt (xt530), can I put this firmwares in my phone?

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