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I have previously mentioned about several cool and latest customs ROMs available for the Galaxy SL smartphone like CyanogenMod (9 and 10), AOKP and MIUI in my blog, but here in this post I will talk about the best ROM I have found in my experience.
The best ROM in my opinion is the one with the following three properties:
After being irritated with the horrible battery life of CyanogenMod 9 and 10 ROMs, I decided to completely downgrade my Android phone to the latest stock Gingerbread ROM (2.3.6) for Galaxy SL. It clearly doesn’t mean that the official Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) and Jelly Bean (4.1.0) ROMs have bad battery life or are unstable. These both are quite stable and good with the battery but only for the latest devices (Smartphones and Tablets) that are officially destined to get the 4.0 or 4.1 Android upgrades.
Although, the last Gingerbread version to be known is 2.3.7, for my Galaxy SL (and other phones as well), Samsung (also other Mobile companies) never bothered to even reach the last update and so the Galaxy SL phone is still stuck with the 2.3.6 one. It’s weird that Samsung did release some Value packed ROMs but couldn’t release the 2.3.7 ROM.
Anyway, the best stock Gingerbread firmware/ROM that I found to be providing a healthy battery life and stability is none other than the value pack, XWLF2 (Gingerbread 2.3.6). It gives 48 hours of life with normal use including web surfing, text messaging (SMS + Viber), calling and using certain apps for brief period.
Note: My phone is a year old. Also, I have disabled both automatic synchronizing and background data but I enable the background data temporary for using the Play Store and Google Talk.
After coming back to Gingerbread, I realized that it is obviously the best Android update ever. This is the reason why 75% of the Android users still prefer to use Gingerbread and this also includes other people as well who have not-so-old devices for which the official Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is available.
XWLF2 for Galaxy i9003 SL:
Kies support: available
Installing/Flashing guide: XDA forum
CWM Root: XDA (guide is the same as that for flashing the ROM)
Certain screenshots of XWLF2 are available below that I took from my Galaxy SL phone using the Screenshot app.
No matter how many custom ROMs you try on your phone, nothing beats the battery and stability on the stock ROM, but it is also up to you whether you choose features over performance!