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Reader ROM Picks: The EVO Classic v0.0.4 with Sense 1.0 for the HTC EVO 4G

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This ROM was reviewed by JerryGNYC.

Are you thinking: “Wait a minute! Sense 1.0? With all these ROMs running Sense 3.0, you want me to go backwards?” Well, for me going backwards was actually a step forward; it just took me a few days to see it. In fact, I actually think that this ROM for the HTC EVO 4G has cured my ORD (Obsessive ROM-flashing Disorder).

Most of the time, people think that it’s cliche to say that something is greater than the sum of its parts. But when you’re talking about The EVO Classic 0.0.4 – Sense 1.0 Redefined – Harmony, a.k.a. EVO Classic, by the masterful developer and themer tommytomatoe, it’s definitely the truth: this ROM is full of beautifully executed tweaks that work so well together, it’s easy to see why it’s got Harmony in the name. Based on the latest OTA software update, 4.54.651.1, I can’t remember the last time something ran this quickly and smoothly on my release-day OG EVO. I haven’t seen any lag that I can attribute to this ROM.

So what’s it got?

802.11n WiFi, WiFi hotspot, built-in screen capture, A2SD, and 4G all work great. What about Quick Settings in the notification drop-down? Got ’em! Forced-roaming mode? There! Change songs using the volume keys? Check! Need HDMI support? The ChopSuey and Freedom kernels both play very nicely with this ROM. EPST/hash codes work fine too, for when the need arises.


For more details on everything that’s included in this ROM, you can take a look at the official change log.

The only problem I found was that Bluetooth file transfer was broken. However, tommytomatoe got this working for me in less than an hour, and the fix will be included in the next official release. Now that’s pretty good developer support.

I also have to mention that audio just sounds better with this ROM. You may not notice it while using a pair of $10 headphones, but when I first used my Sennheiser PX100s with this ROM (super-great headphones, by the way, and a bargain at under $50), I couldn’t believe how much better the sound quality was. I’ve been using PowerAMP with these headphones since it was in beta, before I flashed this ROM, and I’ve always had to make a custom equalizer profile for my headphones. Not any more! Somehow, I think tommytomatoe snuck in Beats Audio without telling, to see if anyone would notice.


But what if you tend to shy away from Sense because you are a minimalist? Well, we now have Ghost Rosie. Tommytomatoe has modded the stock Rosie launcher, so that all you see at the bottom of the screen is a small horizontal bar. Tap its center, and you get the app drawer. On either side, you can create a shortcut to whatever you app you’d like, just by long-pressing the area. Then, you’ll only see the icons when you tap the area.

Care to customize this ROM’s look even more? There’s a separate thread on XDA, with great mods and themes by linsalata28, lowrider32119, PHE-NOM, EVOlvedAndroid, OmgaDroid, EViL-KoNCEPTz00McD00, and tommytomatoe himself. Personally, I’ve been using Slated Classic by 00McD00.

There’s also AOSP integration. The AOSP Dialer, Contacts, and Email apps are all included, and they’re easily uninstallable if you don’t want them. The Email app offers a unified inbox, if you like that, and more AOSP integration is coming in the future.


Some other included goodies are the stock Gingerbread launcher, the Minimalistic Text widget, Google Plus, Swype, SMS Popup, the Maxthon Browser, DSP Manager, Netflix, and WiMAX Notifier. Ninety percent of the apps and such are uninstallable if you don’t want or need them.

But what about Carrier IQ? That’s taken care of, too.

Sounds great, right? Version 0.0.5 should be out soon with even more goodies, and nightlies are available right now for you early adopters. A completely Sense-less version is in the works, too. Now, go out and get your tomatoes on!




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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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15 thoughts on “Reader ROM Picks: The EVO Classic v0.0.4 with Sense 1.0 for the HTC EVO 4G

  • Avatar of Snaflebits

    I’ve been using this ROM for weeks. I love how smooth it is and how everything just works. V0.0.5 is available and it’s stable. Tommy calls it a nightly, but don’t confuse it with a Cyanogenmod nightly. V0.0.5 is a stable release but it just doesn’t include all of the enhancements that he would like to include.

    Flash it, you wont be sorry.

  • Avatar of djn777

    just flashed V0.0.5 after loving v4 for weeks! not only a great rom, but Tommy is an awesome develop who is quick to help with problems and has a great base helping him with add ons.

  • I ran this ROM for a few weeks and it worked great for me. If you have gotten tired of some of the performance issues that many Sense 3.0 ROMs can have on the Evo 4G then you will love this ROM. The speed is great. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a stable ROM with great performance but still incorporates some nice non-stock tweaks.

  • Great write up friend!

    Tommytomatoe is the best dev in the OG EVO department right now IMO. Can’t wait to see what else he comes up with soon ;)

  • Avatar of JerryGNYC

    Thanks, Sam!
    You’re welcome, Jim!
    I played with 0.0.5b3 last night, and it’s really nice. But I also use my EVO for work, so I’m waiting (just under 16 LONG days) until I get my Transformer, and move my docs and stuff there. THEN I can play to my hearts content, er, I mean update… :D

  • This is a GREAT ROM. I ran Calkulin EViO for a long time and loved it. Unfortunately it is not being maintained or updated. This is a great heir to that basic ROM. Speeds on Classic are great, everything works, and I love the Freedom kernels.

    If you would like a zippy Sense ROM with some tweaks, give this a try.

  • Avatar of gticlay

    This is the first ROM that I’ve even wanted to try. I’m going to wait for the update with the bluetooth fix and the other things so I hope that GoodandEvo will put up a story when that happens. The only thing I’m really not looking foward to is reinstalling all the apps, etc.

  • Avatar of evo_like

    I feel your pain. However there are some ways you could lessen the pain for yourself. Use MyBackupRoot, back up your apps and/or data, save in SD card. Then after updating to a different version, you can restore from your backed up copy. I have been doing this for a while. Also with MyBackUp root, you can schedule backups nightly or something like that. Pretty nifty. The ROM comes with the free version, there’s also a paid version.

  • Avatar of evo_like

    Loving this ROM. One of the most stable ROMs I have ever ran, and frakking love it. All hail the tomato!


  • Avatar of Mark Ryan

    How does this compare to Swag on? Is it about the same, better or worse? I’ve been using Swag on and its great except for a random hard crash/reboot that occurs every so many days.

  • Avatar of JerryGNYC

    I had one warm-reboot/crash after I finished a phone call, and this was with the More Freedom kernel. I went back to the stock kernel, and haven’t had any crash/reboot problems since.

  • Avatar of gticlay

    So I put this on my phone last Friday. LOVE IT. The only thing is that it doesn’t look like most of the screenshots in this review. Do I simply flash the “slate” theme over this and if I do that does it erase everything again? I don’t want to spend 3 hours redownloading and installing again… it was worth it but man, was it ever time consuming! Also, how do I get that evoclassic5 widgetlocker?

  • Avatar of JerryGNYC

    The Slate theme is flashed from recovery, and does not overwrite any data or apps. Just wipe cache and dalvik cache first (3x if using CWM).The theme will be updated soon for version 5 of the ROM.

    I’m using the Slate wallpaper from the theme author’s thread, and set Widgetlock to use the phone’s wallpaper as opposed to custom.



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