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Reader ROM Picks: Calkulin’s EViO 2 for HTC EVO

Reader ROM Picks is a regular series that showcases G&E readers’ favorite HTC EVO custom ROMs.

Evo-evio-1 This ROM pick was sent in by Mike Sutton.

The HTC EVO 4G is built for speed, a need that young and old both want—the young because that’s just how they are and the old (me) because they’ll forget what they were doing without it. I need that speed, but I also need reliability. I use my EVO for multiple work tasks and my work only gets paid for if it’s done correctly. I’ve tried multiple ROMs but always go back to Calkulin’s EViO 2 because it’s fast and everything works every day.

When a rare force close happens, it is generally the fault of an app. I’ve updated to Calkulin’s next release without doing a full wipe before and when weird things start happening, I uninstall/reinstall an app or do a full wipe and reload and voila it’s a smooth operator again. In other words, when problems occur within the ROM, it’s rarely (if ever) the ROM’s fault. The idea is not to let an issue turn into a subscription. I have found this ROM to be more reliable than a stock set up.

EViO gives you a choice of a Sense launcher or ADW.Launcher and lets you use most Sense apps (or not). There are also little bleeding edge conveniences like remapping the search button to an app, a sleep switch, drop-down power bar customization, and built-in tinting settings.

Evo-evio (1)  Evo-evio (2)

Evo-evio (3) Evo-evio (4)

One of the best things about this ROM is that when you tap an icon, you are there about 99.9% of the time. You never worry about having too many background apps open; it is fast!

I currently use a Ziggy beta kernel and the EViO v1.7.7 release (my first flash was v1.1 in September; the current release is v1.8). I overclock the CPU to 1190MHz, which gives me a 1357 Quadrant score. I’ve flashed other kernels, hoping to clock it to 1220MHz, but so far loss of reliability seems to occur at 1220. My mantra is to do a Nandroid backup (tutorial here) weekly and always before a change!

I like the way Calkulin updates too. He does it regularly (about two a month), you know exactly what has changed, and he offers overrides to further customize. He also provides good guidelines and definitely doesn’t have an elitist rock star attitude.

Download: (v1.8)


Reader ROM Picks is a regular series that showcases G&E readers’ favorite HTC EVO custom ROMs.

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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