Introducing the ROM
So after reading some of the criticism from my review last week review I decided to swallow my pride and write a shorter more to the point review.
UI Feel and Smoothness
CyanideL is a CM12.1 based ROM. The nice thing about a CM based ROM is that for the most part it is going to just work right out of the box and CyanideL did that. So the question becomes “does this ROM do enough to distinguish itself from the rest?” Well let’s take a look and see what you think.
For this review I used Slim Mini Gapps with Viper 4 Android.
My total bootup time from swipe to welcome screen was three minutes and it does have its own boot-up animation.
After signing in to my Google Account and getting into the ROM it was nice to see that they have Nova Launcher as their homepage. I was really very pleased with all the tweaks that were available. I can only describe this ROM as having the best features from other very good ROMs such as AICP, Flex, Resurrection Remix and others.
Feature and Customizability
Here is a list of some of the features that are included with CyanideL:
-Expanded sound options on the power menu that let you pick Mute, Vibrate or Ring.
-Expanded volume menu that also includes the ability to choose whether you want to block all incoming, priority incoming or allow all incoming.
-In the messaging app you have the ability to customize it with different colors for background and text and bubble styles. (I personally like this a lot. I do a fair share of texting and the regular CM12 messaging is boring to me.)
-App Circle Bar. This is something that I use every day.
-Heads Up Notifications.
-Custom Quick Settings Tiles.
-Colorized Icons in Statusbar.
-Battery animations while charging. (It has the dotted circle battery, I mention it because I really like that one).
CyanideL also had Ad Blocker, Wake Lock Blocker and System App Remover.
All the above worked flawlessly for me.
Negatives include their version of Cyanide Blackout which made some menus unusable, such as Battery Stats, but overall it looks really good. Hopefully this is something they can improve later on. I’m also not a fan of CM12’s Theme Engine. It is just boring when compared to Layers.
Battery Life and Performance
Overall I found the UI of Cyanide extremely fast and smooth and with all the built in tweaks I got the best battery life that I have seen with any CM12.1 based ROM. As a group we try to test the batteries by running them from 100% to 10%. I was never able to drain my battery all the way to 10% because of my need for my phone daily. The closest I got was 15% and that was after 26 hours off charge. I did average approximately 5.5 hours SOT daily. I use LTE for about half the time and Wi-Fi the other half the time. I daily use Bluetooth for streaming music a minimum of 2 hours per day and speak on the phone approximately 2-3 hours a day.
CyanideL handled multi-tasking with ease and I never experienced any random reboots.
CyanideL also had no problems connecting with my carrier and I didn’t experience any LTE drops that I experienced with other CM12.1 ROMs.
For a newer ROM this one can definitely be used as a daily driver for all the reasons I listed above. I felt very secure using this ROM that my calls would not be dropped and everything will work.
Overall Impression and Conclusion
Overall I would rate this ROM as Very Good. I would like to see them straighten out the blackout theme. If you have never used CyanideL I highly recommend that you give it a try. If you are a CM12.1 fan you will be extremely happy with this ROM. I personally prefer the AOSP ROMs but that is a matter of opinion.
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