[ROM][5.1.1] EXODUS Android Lollipop
Exodus 5.1.1 is a famous ROM. The Exodus thread has around 500 pages on the forum. It’s popular. But is it because it is one of the most popular ROMs on the OnePlus One that it is one of the best ? It isn’t by any means. It’s good but it’s a bit overrated in my opinion. Let’s have a look !
Feel [Score 9/10]
For the feel of Exodus, I would give a 9/10… I’s really fast and there are no hiccups at all like you’d expect from a 5.1.1 ROM but I had a random reboot in this whole week, not a big deal though. I had some issues with Instagram freezing and Facebook sometimes crashing. So it’s not a perfect experience but it’s really good.. Like most of today’s ROMs.
Battery Life [Score 7/10]
Exodus is known to be the holy ROM for battery life and many people are getting really good stats in terms of SOT and all but it isn’t my case. I tried with and without battery saving apps (like Greenify + Amplify + PowerNap) and it seems that got BETTER battery life WITHOUT these ! It might seem a bit contradictory but that’s also what people recommend on the thread. Now, you may or may not know that my battery is poor (still debating if it is normal or if I should replace it) because one of the ROM that gave me the worst battery life was this one… As silly as it might sound I couldn’t get my phone to last a day with more than 4 hours SOT. So it was a pretty bad experience for me even though a lot of people (I mean a lot) are saying wonders about Exodus and its amazing battery life… So I still give it a 7 because apparently it’s good but that was not my experience.
Now in to the features. I’m less disappointed here as the customizability is complete. From going to nav bar changes to 420 DPI option (finally a ROM that supports 420!) you have a wide variety of options. All these options are placed into the “Exodus” section of the settings (yes it is) and in there you have “Interface” , “Hardware” , “themes” and “ROM controls”. Now I found that there are some settings that could’ve been placed in the Interface folder instead of hardware but other than that everything is well arranged. I’ll go over the most unique/interesting features here. To begin with you have a shortcut for : SuperSU (yes it’s built-in), Xposed and Viper4Android, really neat although it does the same thing as clicking on their icon in your apps drawer. Next we have an AdBlocker which works really well although I found myself blocked on websites that had nothing wrong.. You have an SELinux mode changer ! And a system app remover. Really good but make sure to know what you’re deleting because yes you can delete your settings app (not recommended if you ask me). Exodus also supports OTA updates ! Haven’t tested it yet but annoying thing is that it shows you all past updates too.. Now another feature that is hidden in the developer settings in “Morph Mode” and what it does is that you can select which settings menu you want to see, you have the option between : AOSP, CyanogenMod and Exodus of course. It might sound cool but I mean if you flash Exodus you don’t want to hide settings, you don’t want to limit yourself to the AOSP settings.
To conclude, I’d say that this ROM is good but compared to other ROMs it’s not that much better .. It’s not because it’s one of the most popular one that is so much better than others. In one word : OVERRATED. I enjoyed using it but it was giving me poor battery life but I think a lot of people like it and you haven’t tested it yet you should because if you’re lucky you will have the best battery life you’ve ever had plus some really well done features and a stable ROM overall that has OTA nightly update.
Overall score : 8.5/10