Are the adreno libs included on this rom and has anyone gave this ago and if so what's you're thoughts. Cheers
I tried both this and CM9 and here are my findings. Please no egos, I'm only reporting what I find as a user of both roms.
First off, for basic phone functions both roms are equally capable. Definition of basic phone functions to me is calling out, receiving calls, call quality and SMS features.
CM9: Being ICS it's got more eye-candy. It is also the smoothest one I ever tried on my TMV, which came as a surprise to me because on the xda SGS2 forums (one of my other phone) many users complain they are holding off on using ICS because it is not as smooth as GB, go figure !. Just for the record, in case some other SGS2 user is reading this, it is not what I found, indeed I am running one of the custom 4.0.4 as my daily rom on the SGS2.
CM9 also is a WIP (as stated many times in the forum thread), therefore some features are still being worked on, e.g. camera, fm radio etc..
KickAss V0.5: Everyone should note, as delivered, this rom is over 160MB on the system partition. This means, if like me, you have ever TPTed your phone from stock, then as downloaded it will not fit you 160MB and you will have to remove some un-needed stuff before loading otherwise it won't boot.
As far as 'smoothness' is concerned (and yes I do know this is not empirical and very subjective, but like i said these are just my findings) it did 'feel' snappier than the other GB roms available, including FNC RLS7 (which I also tried) but not as smooth as CM9 above.
There are some tools/apps/launcher on KickAss which are clearly favourites of the author, and there's nothing wrong with that; Dragon Go, Vevo, Assistant etc... Of particular note, the filmanager and launcher included are particular 'heavy', e.g. the nice launcher included is over 6MB compared with something like a truly lightweight (and less feature rich) launcher like Zeam, which is less than 512K.
Compared to CM9 (which as already stated is a WIP) more features work as intended, so as always it really comes down to taste and what are your main needs from a rom. For example, for me (because I'm listening to music a lot) the lack of fm radio is a deal-breaker, for others it may be less important.
So there you go, my two cents worth. One final observation, it is always nice to see different contributions because it enables a richer experience and more choice, it is after all what forums like this are excellent at and why many of us spent hours here !.
Enjoy and have fun and remember, it's only a phone !
Thankyou all for the hard work you must have all put into bringing us these choices.