With that being said, I have to say that I'm mystified by the attention given to Sense. As a front-end on the right device, Sense is outstanding and is a huge improvement over TouchWiz (IMHO). So, when I noticed several ROMs appearing with Sense 2.5 cooked in, I was as enthusiastic as everyone else. When I started running into frequent lock-ups (due to more than a few experimental software installations and tweaks) I opted to flash to a new Sense ROM. Right out of the box, I was a bit surprised at how laggy it was. Even with over-clocking and most of the visual fluff disabled, there was a noticeable delay in a lot of the functions, while the SMS and email interface was frustratingly slow. After a couple days, of trying to tweak it to my liking, I sadly disabled Sense and installed SPB shell. Since then, I've reflashed to a base ROM to free up more RAM, and I'm happy with the results.
My question is: Is there possibly something wrong with my O2, or is Sense 2.5 laggy on everyone elses? If so, why do people put up with the known issues when there are alternatives like SPB shell and iPhoneToday? Aside from a slow reload on the icons (which I've heard is due to too many calendar entries), SPB shells runs silky smooth on my O2 without overclocking, is extremely customizable and (from what I could see) has the same RAM load as Sense. One downside is the cost, but considering how much we've spent on our Omnias, $30 isn't a deal-breaker. iPhoneToday is free, has a ton of add-ons, and runs extremely fast with barely any RAM overhead. I've had the thing opening and closing multiple apps for days, and CleanRAM brings it back to around 65MB.
Again... I'm in awe of the chefs and their ability to port something as complex as Sense 2.5 onto a Samsung device. It speaks volumes about their knowledge and tenacity. I just have to question "Why"? I have to believe that if most of us bought a phone with Sense functioning as it does with the custom ROMs, it would be returned the same day. I know we've all invested in a phone which came from the seller stuffed to the gills with crap-ware and running a front-end that was a jumbled mess, and in the ongoing quest to find the perfect interface, we'll have to try a bunch of options to find one that's the best fit for our individual needs. I'm curious as to why people prefer Sense over the options I've mentioned. I'm not trying to me a smart-ass. I'd honestly like to know, because I feel like I'm missing something.
Edited by ED2O9, 06 August 2010 - 03:01 PM.