SLIM ICS: My new favorite ROM

August 19, 2012

I have loved my Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100) ever since I got it in the summer of 2011, the phone is fast, light, and the large display is stunning to look at.  The phone was also very stable and I might have had one force close once within an 8 month period that was until I upgraded to ICS.  I waited patiently for the official ICS upgrade for the phone, and I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning when it finally became available in April of this year but this excitement vanished as soon as ICS was done installing.  Samsung decided to make their TouchWiz launcher look like Gingerbread and hardly any of the stunning visual elements of ICS made it onto the official Samsung ICS release.  The phone was slow and apps constantly force closed (even with clearing cache, dalvik, etc. before the update).  Turning on WiFi caused the phone to freeze up to the point of having to remove the battery.  This is a very common problem I came to find out, just google – “WiFi freeze on Samsung Galaxy S2 with ICS”.

So I decided to do what I have been doing to all my other Android devices as well, root it!* This allowed me to play around with some custom ROMs and the best one that I’ve found so far for the S2 is the SLIM ICS ROM.  This is a very lightweight ROM, thus the name and I noticed this as soon as I used the phone after the install.  SLIM ICS is fast, very fast!

SLIM ICS has a ton of features and settings which can be accessed through ASS (Advanced Slim Settings) via System Settings.  One feature that I use quite often is “fast charge” which charges the phone faster  if charged though the USB port, but make sure you turn it back off when you want to transfer data.  For more information on all the features just visit the official SLIM ICS site.

This is just meant to give you guys a quick look at my current favorite ICS ROM, if you would like more info please feel free to leave a comment.


*Rooting your device will void its warranty. In addition, performing the rooting procedure incorrectly may have unexpected consequences.