Hello, Mi Fans,
We are back with another interesting hack. To the ones who are new to the Custom ROM series, it is a series where we try out different device-specific custom ROMs and give out a detailed review in order to have a clear idea about a ROM. Today we will be reviewing one of the ROMs with lots of customizations available. It is the CrDroid OS for Redmi Note 5 based on Android Pie. So let's get started.
Disclaimer: Have a complete backup before flashing. I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, etc. Do this at your own risk.
Note: As the ROM does not contain GApps within, you need to flash it separately.
To unlock the Bootloader, Install Custom Recovery and flash ROM, you can refer to the following threads:
This ROM is a complete package offering excellent stability and excellent battery backup. One of the features that stands out is the ability of customization. It offers a wide range of customization from home screen to gestures. It also supports accent color customization which gives stunning looks to the UI. Now let’s look at each feature separately.
As I have mentioned in the description, the ROM is a complete package with great stability and will be ideal for gamers as it has very good performance and graphics rendering capability comparing with other Custom ROMs for Redmi Note 5. It is one of the best of Custom ROMs I have ever tried. The amount of customizations it offers is mindblowing. It also has a dark mode features for user likings.
The home screen looks stunning with reasonable customizations. Google search at the bottom with rounded icons gives us an Android Pie experience. Icons in the status bar are mostly customizable even for time display. The VoLTE symbol also catches our eyes.
The app drawer will look very familiar but looks great in dark mode. The UI and accent color customizations are also clearly visible here. It has a set of apps at the top which shows the recent apps you have used for easy access. It has even a google search bar at the top.
Notification and the quick settings bar
The quick settings bar is very much customizable with adjustable colors and icon column numbers. It can be easily edited from the same window with a dedicated edit button at the bottom. It also has a shortcut button for system settings and a nice smooth brightness slider at the top. The beauty of accent colors is clearly eye-catching here.
The settings menu is quite normal with other Pie-based custom ROMs with colored icons and a search bar at the top. It has a profile tap at the top and also assists us with various settings with certain recommendations.
Since there are no junk apps and Google apps pre-installed, storage won't be an issue in this ROM. It will take only around 11GB and the rest will be available for the user.
This ROM has shown one of the great performances as far as the battery is concerned during my testing. It cannot be termed as extremely efficient but for gamers, it has a very good balance between performance and battery life.
This ROM packs a huge amount of customizations even in the home settings. It covers all the loop and corners of the Home screen and also supports for themes, fonts, and styles. In addition, it has gestures and gesture navigation support.
This feature is where I am completely blown away. The amount of customizations and its detailings is one that surprised me. Literally, it has customization settings for everything in the device. They have covered every part of the UI and for the users, it will definitely give a satisfactory look according to one's wish.
This is also one of the ROMs with a very active community and very vigilant developers who are very fast to solve whatever bugs reported by users on their forum. It mostly gets 1-2 security patch updates in a month with important bug fixes as well.
The ROM was based on Android Pie but they have already started beta testing for Android 10 and will definitely be available in stable versions very soon. This is of the best ROMs you can try and won't be disappointed. If you like trying different Custom ROMs, you shouldn't miss this one.
That’s it for today friends! See you again with another custom ROM Review.
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