[Quick Review] CyanogenMod 7 ROM For Samsung Galaxy S2 v7. 1.0

So it’s time for a small review of my absolute favorite ROM for Android phones; CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod is comprised of a community of contributors who tirelessly take the Android platform and turn it into what’s it’s meant to be. CyanogenMod 7 based off Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 is light-years ahead of a regular AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 that most people have. Now I’m NOT referring to the Nightlies, I’m referring to the stable ROM v7. 1.0 HERE or HERE. Here are my instructions on how to install CM7 but first take a look at this store review. I’ve discovered the following…

The Pros:
No AT&T applications or processes running in the background.
Better battery life. I can confirm this.
Light sensor isn’t as aggressive.
The phone is more smooth and its still fast.
There are tons of options, like moving your task bar to the bottom (look in pictures) and you can change themes as well.
More functionality to customize phone and make it unique.

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Installing CyanogenMod 7 isn’t for newbies because I ran into several programs but if you know what you’re doing I recommend it. The only drawback is that the gallery is kind of slow but that will soon be fixed and I’m using QuickPic as an alternative. Another feature I like is the unlock screen and the tv like effect when you turn on/off the phone. CM7 as I now call it does an excellent job of managing system resources as well.

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There are other alternatives like Cognition, but CM7 works and I’m not looking back. I’m elated that they’re placed the sound button back on the menu unlike the stock operating system that comes with the phone. There’s what works just so you know, battery works CHECK, gps CHECK, sounds CHECK, inbound/outbound calls CHECK, bluetooth CHECK, NFC coming soon but the options is there, wifi CHECK, proximity sensor CHECK, notifications CHECK, wifi tethering CHECK, speaker quality CHECK. CM7 also comes with a nice DSP Manager to equalize your headset and speaker phone settings.

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If you’re wondering how I got my screen to look like the snapshots above take note of the following. I’m running GoLauncher with Multicon widgets, Google Mail widget (paid version), LCD Density set to 200 so my resolution looks more crisp, and I’ve set my grid in GoLaunch to 7X6 so I can fit more on the screen. The background is actually a live wallpaper and I’m using Super Clock Wallpaper Light. All these programs can be found in the appstore. So, I haven’t compromised any functionality when flashing CyanogenMod 7 to my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 II.

Cons: Small drawbacks that I can live with are the gallery, browser froze a few times but not often, the camera app isn’t as user friendly as the stock camera app. I’m not sure if I can blame this on CM7 or not.

Either way I’m satisfied and if you want to put CM7 on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 II, then check out my instructions HERE. I am NOT responsible if you brick your phone. You can contact me if you want but I get a lot of emails.

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[How to] Install Custom Rom CyanogenMod 7 for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) Instructions For Download

So, they’ve release a stable CM7 ROM for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 and we want to know what you think about it. Here are the steps to download the stable version. First make sure you backup your apps with Titanium Backup.

1) Make sure your phone is rooted and install ClockworkMod Recovery HERE.

2) Now I would download CyanogenMod 7 to your computer from HERE for the Stable Version, or download one of the Nightlies which I recommend HERE because the Nightlies are updates more often with bug fixes.

3) Plug in your USB cable to your phone and computer and put your phone in mass storage mode so you can transfer the file to your phone. Locate the CyanogenMod file which you downloaded above and put it in the root of your internal, NOT external SD card. The CM7 file is named update-cm-*.*.*-Galaxys2ATT-signed.zip or cm_galaxys2att_full-*.zip depending on your selection. Once you’ve put the file in the root or \ of your phone’s internal SD storage, then power your phone off. Turn it off now by pressing the power and holding and selecting to shut it down.

4) Follow the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMYgvHBqSXA

5) In the video you should have formatted your system, data and cache partitions for your phone VERY IMPORTANT. Do this in clockwordmod Recovery.

6) In the video you should have found the CM7 file and installed the last, and then reboot your phone. Give it time and let it boot up. Watch the video again and follow it exactly.

Note: If you got a triangle with a small guy and an exclamation point and it won’t let you install then you haven’t done exactly what I’ve said.

If you have questions message me by contacting me…
-Trae

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[How To Video] Install CyanogenMod 7 ROM On AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 SII i777 + Recovery Mode

This is how you install CyanogenMod 7 or any other ROM on your Samsung Galaxy S2. Sorry the video is blurry but it’s still helpful. Follow the instructions exactly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMYgvHBqSXA Contact me for any questions. Share This!

[Quick Review] CyanogenMod 7 ROM For Samsung Galaxy S2 v7. 1.0

So it’s time for a small review of my absolute favorite ROM for Android phones; CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod is comprised of a community of contributors who tirelessly take the Android platform and turn it into what’s it’s meant to be. CyanogenMod 7 based off Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 is light-years ahead […]

[How to] Install Custom Rom CyanogenMod 7 for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) Instructions For Download

So, they’ve release a stable CM7 ROM for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 and we want to know what you think about it. Here are the steps to download the stable version. First make sure you backup your apps with Titanium Backup. 1) Make sure your phone is rooted and install ClockworkMod Recovery HERE. 2) […]