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ROM Picks: Cool ICS v6 for the HTC EVO 3D

2012 06 19 15.45.15 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereCool ICS v6 is an Ice Cream Sandwich/Sense 3.6 ROM based on the Virgin Mobile ICS ROM, but with a complete Sprint footprint along with many of the HTC apps that the VM ICS did not ship with.

Some of Cool ICS’s features include the Sony Bravia engine with XLoud, Beats Audio with Advance Beats Control, all partitions mount as EXT4 instead of Yaffs2 in an attempt to decrease boot time and increase performance, the TaKeCONTROL mod for CPU control, the LeeDroid Tweaks, and HDR, Panorama, Fast Click and 1250 ISO added to the camera.

The ROM after install has over 450 megs of free RAM. Even after installing my traveling pack of tools and running this, that, and the other for half an hour I had 340 meg free.

The ROM runs pretty sweetly fast as most of the ICS variants do these days, the scrolling is very smooth in the app drawer, and even Chrome looks like there’s been some improvement in how it renders. Still has some of the screen corruption issues that Chrome has become notorious for, but it’s quite a bit smoother screen corruption.

I was very interested when getting this ROM to play around with the camera mods as that is where the EVO 3D comes up short in my book. Now that I’m in possession of the 4G LTE, the ability to quickly take photos is something that once you get, you never want to go back to how the 3D takes them. Fast Click appears to be a mod to force the picture to be taken by holding down the shutter button, which can skip you the focus and refocus time. What that produced for me was seven very quickly shot out of focus pictures. The HDR setting for photos produced a kind of dull grainy dreary photo.

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I’m not particularly impressed with what I managed to take in low light, back light, non-perfect conditions. In good conditions, the pictures were pretty decent though. This probably has a lot more to do with the camera hardware than the software can compensate for, but I thought I would touch on it. I don’t think the EVO 3D’s camera has been fixed by this particular ROM. Improved yes, fixed no.

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Something interesting about this is the EXT4 mounting and alignment for the system. EXT4 is a journaling file system that has been placed in this ROM to replace the yaffs2 file system that the EVO uses stock. In practice EXT4 is very hard to clobber, but requires more data to be written when it’s writing. While setting the system partition to EXT4 seems like a great idea, I question the reasoning behind setting the data  and especially cache folders to EXT4. I didn’t write the ROM and it works perfectly well, so my questions pretty much are just questions. I think it outperforms anything I’ve run across in its class on Sense 3.6 boot times but will be keeping a stopwatch handy from now on.

Beats Audio has an advanced menu which allows you to cheat and set what type of headset you have. After mucking around with the settings I managed to get left-ear audio only from the system. Not sure if I messed up the thing by accidentally denying it superuser or not, but after I fingerflubbed and denied SU the audio was not happy even with rebooting. Second reboot everything worked, so just make sure to not deny it superuser if you’re messing with it. My fault, not the ROM’s.

2012 06 19 18.24.30 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereQuadrants, which I generally will preface with not being a reliable indicator of how a ROM functions and performs, are not a reliable indicator of how this ROM functions. It’s quick, responsive, snappy, and my first Quadrant run was really really bad (sub 1000) but all subsequent Quadrants have been in the 2200+ category. I’ve had other ROMs with significantly better Quadrants on my 3D, but like I said, Quadrants don’t always translate well into what the user experience is. The experience is quite positive on this build.

While it may seem as if I’m picking at this ROM, it’s been a real fun one to play with and has consumed a large portion of my day seeing how it performs and what all it has to offer. There are nice little touches hidden everywhere, and from what I’ve experienced today other than what I consider to be the failings of the EVO 3D camera and base camera software, and the messing with a Superuser-requiring app and not hitting “allow”, this has been a fun, new-feeling ROM that has breathed some life into my little EVO 3D.

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Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts

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6 thoughts on “ROM Picks: Cool ICS v6 for the HTC EVO 3D

  • do you have to be rooted to have that rom? is there a way I can update my rom without being rooted? my carrier is an evo 3D..

    • Yes you have to be rooted. No, you will have to wait for the official rollout of ICS.

  • Avatar of Simon Belmont

    I wish the official roll out of ICS for the Sprint EVO 3D would hurry it up. I thought it was supposed to be this month. :(

    Yeah, I know, it was June-July time frame. I’m just being impatient. :P

  • @Simon Belmont
    The owner of my local sprint retail store told me July when I asked him about ICS for the Evo 3D…

    • Avatar of Simon Belmont

      Thanks. I kind of figured Sprint was going to push it back to July.

      Kind of funny considering the Virgin Mobile version is already on their phones. Le sigh.

  • Avatar of phly95

    Will this allow 3D YouTube videos in 3D unlike many other roms and 3D camera?


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