I recently did a “thinking out loud” piece about what I get from CyanogenMod that I don’t get from the stock ROM, and wondered if I’d go back to CM on the Optimus T (p500/509) platform. I ended up taking a different path altogether.
The Inspire is an ATT phone based on the European Desire HD model. It doesn’t have TMO 3/4G compatible bands but since I’m not carrying a data plan that’s moot.
Here are the practical differences with this new phone:
- the 1gHz CPU definitely is faster, while battery consumption remains about the same: 1%/hr when on the bedstand, and more when in active use.
- the 4.3″ display is a noticeable upgrade from the 3.25″. I wear glasses now and can read the Inspire’s screen without my glasses on.
- After loading the (20) apps I use on Android there is 900MB free even with everything remaining in the card’s internal storage. On the Optimus I had everything I could move to the sdcard natively moved, and had 70MB free at that point. I don’t want more apps so the free space isn’t that important, but running from sdcard is likely slower and definitely affects widget use.
So after that teeth-gnashing why did I load up CM instead of the stock ROM? Because the stock ROM in this case is infested with Sense bloat. The LG implementation was very close to stock; just a few bloaty apps. CM vs vanilla Android is pretty close; CM vs proprietary marketing-driven crap is a blowout.