Time for another installment of my investigation into the N7 ROM scene here at RootzWiki. This time around, we have Team EOS running on my Nexus 7. The team promises high performance and high stability with their ROM, but can they deliver?
Right now, the Team EOS ROM is in nightly status, so keep that in mind as I you read this review. If you aren't sure what "nightly" means, it means that there are releases built (almost) nightly from what the team has currently merged into their source. This means that there could be bugs, but it also means that it is on the bleeding edge of features that the team has added.
In any event, the latest nightly as of the time of this writing features the following:
I appreciated the ability to set the location of the toggles on the notification shade in this ROM. It allows me to place the toggles on the bottom of the shade, which effectively places them in the middle of the Nexus 7's screen in portrait mode when the shade is unfurled. If I ran this on my Galaxy Nexus, I would probably have it back on the top, but the ability to set this to your own liking is a useful feature of this ROM.
While many ROMs allow you to set your preferences as to where you want your notification toggles to appear, EOS includes another, much more unique feature in its notification shade. Instead of having the TouchWiz-like feature that allows you to adjust the brightness by gliding your finger across the top of the screen (which never really works well), EOS lets you swipe across gesture in the notification shade to bring up both brightness and sound bars right where the date, time, and settings button are. This is one feature I especially liked about this ROM.
One problem with the EOS notification shade is that it is often rather quick to automatically close once it has been opened. This didn't happen every time I expanded the notification shade, but when it did it would get annoying.
Like many ROMs, EOS gives you the option to customize the icons in the notification bar. You can toggle the battery indicator to show an icon or a percent symbol, and you can change the color. You can also change the color of the clock, show a small or normal AM/PM, or get rid of the clock altogether.
You can also add 3 custom targets to your quick launch swipe ring. While many of you will no doubt find this useful, I found it a bit awkward to have to swipe on an angle. It also would lag sometimes, and taking screenshots by using the quick launch targets was flawed because the circle and icon would still be visible in the screenshot.
The battery life with this ROM was acceptable, though not outstanding. The best battery I've ever gotten on my Nexus 7 was when it was stock. I would charge it once every couple of days and use it heavily. With this ROM, I was often looking for the charger whenever I used it for an extended period of time. There was no significant drop in battery percentage available while on standby, but the battery seemed to drain rather quickly under active use.
I like what Team EOS has done with this ROM, and I am sure they will continue to do great things. However, it is not my cup of tea. I'm not entirely sure what exactly I didn't like, but it just wasn't what I wanted. It gives the user many options and most work pretty well. If you're the type of Android user who flashes everything that comes your way, then this is another ROM to add to your list; even though it wasn't a great fit for me, it might be something that fits your digital lifestyle. If you have tried it, let us know about your experience in the comments below.