Following my post where I had talked on how I install and use cyanogenmod 7 custom mod on sony ericsson x10i, I recall stating that probably in my subsequent posts, I will talk on the advantages and disadvantages of using the cyanogenmod 7 custom mod and here on this post, I’d like to do justice to that.
The Cyanogenmod custom mod is a custom rom programmed by a profond member of XDA forum which is meant to change the functionality of a particular device. Based on my research on the mod, it isn’t just programmed for Sony ericsson xperia alone, but it has got a version for other devices like samsung etc.
Personally for me, when running on the official sony ericsson android 2.3.3 OS, the phone was so boring as it lacked loads of features, as a matter of fact, I was fed up of the phone and that was when I decided to try out using a custom mod and this has changed the look and feel of the device thus leaving advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages Of Using Cyanogenmod 7 custom mod On SE Xperia
More Functionality: Using the Cyanogenmod 7 gave room to more functionality on the SE device, more functions that the default 2.3.3 android OS never had.
Room For Changing Theme: I never knew it was possible to change themes on android phone till I tried using a custom rom. Now I can download and change themes to my android phone and apply them.
Better Interface: The custom mod interface is pretty awesome. There is a very noticable difference in the screen pad key, phone call input keys. These keys looks like that in the iPhone device and trust me, I prefer them to the default android 2.3.3 OS on the SE xperia device.
Faster: Yeah, booting up the device seem faster on Cyanogenmod 7 custom mod then the default version.
Vital Apps Now Usable: Believe it or not, previously my sony ericsson xperia X10i wasn’t able to use Google play store, through it installs but upon launching, it will request that you add an account and when you click on yes, it automatically close the app. More so, droidVPN couldn’t work on the device, through it also installs but upon clicking the connect button and when its just about connecting to a server, the phone reboots but after using the Cyanogenmod 7 custom mod, Google play came pre installed and works very well now. More so, droidVPN works awesome too now and I use it alongside my mtn bis without problems.
Upgrade Android OS Version: Formally, my updated SE runs on android 2.3.3 Gingerbread which is the official update from the Sony Ericsson website for my kinda device but upon installing this custom mod, my SE android version was upgraded to android version 2.3.5 and model number now deplays X10 instead of X10i. Pretty cool right? Well there are more advantages to these already listed.
Disadvantages Of Using Cyanogenmod 7 custom mod On SE Xperia
So far so good, I have been able to notice two basic disadvantages:
1. Wifi Hotspot Not Working: Before now, I usually use my android as a modem via its hotspot feature to share internet connection to my laptop and blackberry tablet whenever I don’t feel like using my airtel modem but upon installing the cyanogenmod, wifi hotspot no longer works rather it keeps displaying error even when all configurations have been made.
2. Slows Down App Operation Some times: I am the type who loves operating devices fast since I know my way around but upon using the custom mod, I realize that sometimes the device slows down at some application thus displaying a message stating that the app is not responsive and in some cases I’d have to reboot the device but this is rare.
3. The Booting Message is Kinda Scary: lol I know this sounds funny but don’t you think its best I speak my mind? Upon installing the Cyanogenmod 7 custom mod and installing its fix, you’d get a welcome message which reads ‘U Mad?’ Isn’t that weird? Well, I always answer ‘NO’ when I turn my phone on lol.
So, here you have it. These are the basic advantages and disadvantages of using the Cyanogenmod 7 custom mod on sony ericsson xperia X10 which I can really point out now, probably with time, more will be discovered.