Investigating the Nexus 7 Scene: Bugless Beast

A few days ago, I started our journey into the world of the Nexus 7. I reviewed Team BAMF’s Paradigm ROM for the Nexus tablet, and I gave you a taste of what you might expect from the N7. Now, I take you back to a ROM that has been running strong since the days of the Original Motorola Droid: Peter Alfonso’s Bugless Beast.

The name says it all: this ROM is bugless. I ran this ROM for a few days and I can honestly say it’s the happiest I have been with the performance on the Nexus 7. This ROM is fast, stable, and has more butter than a Paula Dean recipe.

Something that you should know right off the bat is that this is an AOSP ROM. It has very minimal additions and almost no added features. All of the changes are done on the back end to make for a stable and smooth experience. That being said, I can say that I did not miss the notification toggles and other features that are in most ROMs these days. I have noticed that there are screenshots of these toggles in older versions of Bugless Beast, so perhaps Mr. Alfonso has yet to implement this feature into his Jelly Bean ROMs.

But let’s focus on the features that are included. Firstly, the buglessness, which I would definitely consider a feature. These days, we have developers cramming as many things into a ROM as they can and that can break things. Broken features on a device that we use so much is definitely a problem, and this is where Bugless Beast excels. Mr. Alfonso makes sure that all of his features are perfect before he implements them.

Another great thing about Bugless Beast is the battery life. I used my N7 for everything I could over the last few days and I never once charged it. In fact, I am almost to 3 days on one charge, and that is just great. The only reason I am charging it right now is so that I can throw another ROM on it for my next review. If I wasn’t doing another review, the battery could probably last me through the weekend and well into the beginning of the week, which is just great. As someone who is constantly using my Android devices, battery life is key. Even better, I didn’t have to mess around with kernels and over/underclocking to get good battery life.

If you are anything like me, you are always booting into recovery so that you can flash a new ROM or some sort of mod, and something that some devs leave out is a modded power menu. To me, this is something that should be in every ROM, and Bugless Beast has it. Sure, I could go into ROM manager and boot to recovery, or I could adb it, but I would much rather have the option right in the power menu so that I can be tinkering on the go. It’s a basic, but necessary feature. The ability to boot into the bootloader isn’t there, but I do that so rarely that it really isn’t a bother and I could just use the hard keys to do that.

Like I said earlier, there aren’t a lot of features in this ROM, but it is rock solid. If you aren’t happy with your current ROM because of instability and you are alright with a near pure AOSP build, then I would suggest trying out Bugless Beast. If I weren’t reviewing all of the ROMs for the Nexus 7, I would most definitely be rocking BB every day.]]>

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