For almost a year now, I’ve been running CyanogenMod CM7 on my rooted T-Mobile MyTouch 4G, and liking it a lot. Originally, it was a way to get Gingerbread on the phone months before HTC (who builds the phone) managed to release it through the usual channels. But it also solved some problems for me (especially in connecting to the Exchange server here at Concordia Seminary), and it just ran faster and stroked the geek in me.
Yesterday, I jettisoned CM7 and flashed MIUI 2.8.10 on my phone…and I don’t think I’m going back.
For one thing, I was left hanging with Cyanogen Mod, since CM9 (based on Ice Cream Sandwich) was nowhere to be seen for my phone. MIUI is based on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), so it has the latest mainstream version of Android (Jelly Bean – Android 4.1.x – is out there, and there are some beta versions of MIUI based on it, but it’s really only running on the Nexus 7 tablet at this point).
And it’s beautiful! The overall look and feel shares a lot of good stuff with iOS (the operating system on the iPhone and iPad), which is a good thing. It is a much more polished interface than CM7, and it runs really well on my aging hardware. So far, I’ve only found one dangerous bug: If you switch to manual control of the screen brightness, you need to understand that the scale runs from 100 all the way down to ZERO…as in, no display at all. If you accidentally crank down to the lowest brightness, you will literally have no display, and will have to fumble around with the keys and a particular sequence of taps in hopes of finding the toggle that turns automatic brightness back on…very scary.
If you have a rooted Android phone, and you’re interested in trying a new ROM, definitely give MIUI a shot. I think you’ll like it.