If you have directed your Android phone, you may be curious about flashing a new ROM. In this review, I will give you a rundown of how MIUI stacks up.
In the last 6 months or so, I have tried almost every ROM available for my HTC Evo. There are many of them out there, and there are quite a few good ones. Before you begin losing interest in this story because you do not have an Evo, many ROM's are compatible with a number of different handsets. Even though MIUI is running on my HTC Evo, you likely will be able to install it on your phone should you choose to do so.
For those of you still new to routing and flashing, I will provide a review for MIUI along with some general installation instructions. This article assumes that you have acquired root, and you are ready to flash a new ROM.
MIUI-Review Installation Ease
Since you must install MIUI first, I will start there. The download and installation is very simple. This is pretty standard for most ROM's. You go to the website for the download, download the ROM onto your root folder, and flash. This ROM has its origins in the Far East, so much of the ROM is not in English. That is why you would also download and install the language pack from the website right after the ROM. Do not worry about getting confused right now; directions will follow at the end of the article.
* One thing I DID notice however is that if you are coming from a Sense ROM, (Evo, Incredible, Hero, Desire, Legend, MyTouch, Inspire, Shift, Thunderbolt, etc.) MIUI must be installed from scratch with no restore of settings.
What does that mean? To avoid problems, it is best to sync your contacts to Google, and restore your apps from the market. If you absolutely have to restore from Titanium Backup or some other backup app, make sure you do not restore ANY settings from Sense. They do not play well with MIUI.
I think I have ADD for my phone. I have to change the appearance of my phone every so often to keep me from getting bored with the look. MIUI is by far the best ROM for people who like to switch it up. If you want a fresh look to your phone, MIUI is for you. On the other hand, if you are coming from an iPhone, then you might feel right at home, or you might hate it.
Bottom Line: The MIUI default layout looks similar to the iPhone layout. It is very simple, and lacks an app drawer much like the iPhone. Even though it looks like an iPhone, it is by far the most customizable ROM for Android, and if you do not like the default layout, you can change it.
Why MIUI is better: The real iPhone lacks customization. With MIUI, you can install widgets to your desktop, set live wallpapers, or even set a whole new MIUI theme. The launcher within MIUI allows you to change almost everything about the way it looks in a matter of a few touches on the screen.
Sometimes, when you install a new ROM, you find that there are weak spots in the performance. Sometimes you get lots of force closes, or the screen gets choppy while switching between home screens. MIUI does a great job here, as these problems do not show up unless you did a poor job of restoring.
MIUI-Ease of Navigation
The navigation through this ROM is very simple. Chances are it is a bit different from what you may be used to, but it does not take long to learn your way around.
MIUI-Support / Community
The MIUI community is very responsive. Their forums are populated by developers and users alike. I have posted many questions on their forums, and often received multiple replies in a matter of an hour or two. Even better, the forum app is pre-installed within the ROM, so as soon as you boot your phone, you can begin posting right from your handset.
This ROM is and has been my ROM of choice for a few months now. The layout is simple and eye catching, sharp and smooth. With the language pack installed, the menus are easy to navigate. There are several tools that come pre-installed such as the MIUI forum app (for when you have questions) as well as Torch (flashlight) and Theme Manager. If you like to change the look of your entire phone whenever you want, you will love this ROM.
Again, if you are still new to routing and flashing, I would recommend following documented installation instructions . Trying to install ROMs without them can be dangerous.
Thanks for reading!