OpenEclair is a community project to bring a stable 2.1 ROM to the Android Users. I’ve been using OpenEclair since it’s first released and I was overly excited for 1.2.2 to come out. It was finally released the other night, and I’ve been using it ever since. Here is what I think.
It’s a good improvement from V1.2.1, which was a good version but after 2-3 days it started to lag to the point where I had to switch back to Super D. So far not much lag with this version, although it could use a speed boost. It has two home launchers. The Nexus launcher, which features the box app tray and the indicators as to which page you are on. As well as a nexus like animation when pulling up the app tray. The app launcher does lag sometimes, but it’s usually when a lot of apps are running at once. A quick push to kill app and it should be fine. It also features the new gallery on the Nexus One, without the 3D animations of course. I’ve experienced a few force closes when opening the gallery, but other then that it works fairly well.
Live wallpapers work actually fairly smooth in this version. I downloaded a few from the market and Starfield so far is my favorite. It’s doesn’t delay when switching homescreens, like some of the stock wallpapers. I can’t forget to mention the boot animation. Which is just awesome.
Pros: It runs a lot faster then previous verisons. Live wallpapers work well, and no force closes in major apps. Apps load quickly, and work effieciently. The Gmail app comes with a manage accounts options, which allows you to sync several gmail accounts to your device. It’s a very useful tool for those of us who manage more then one account.
Cons: Wifi and wired tether force close and don’t work. The Clock app force closes and now Im stuck with this icon at the top of my notifications bar, which I can’t seem to get rid of. Battery life seems to be shorter even when I’m not using live wallpapers or wifi.
All in all I see myself using this as a daily ROM, with much satisfaction. Be sure to thank Chris Soyars and Wes Garner for all their hard work.