Ok so here we have ROM for the ZTE Crescent/Orange San Francisco II.
Made by Pinguy
Its based on the 2.3.5 version of Android which is Gingerbread, it has many similarities to the Acer MT launcher.
This is currently on V0.5 so if changes have been made to the ROM after this review please ignore this or await updated review.
Ok so lets begin.
When the device is powered on, past the green android logo the first noticeable thing is that its holding the ICS boot animation, when i saw this i got my hopes up slightly hoping for an ICS ROM, however when the device is fully powered on and ready to be used its clear it is not ICS however one does not really care about boot animations much.
Past that we notice the dock has space for only 4 apps, the button to access the menu has been removed, I feel the dock itself is a little too big, although the apps appear bigger I've been told their not however the dock surroundings lets call it is a little to high either end on the app shortcut.
When sliding screens, the KR (Kickass Rom) is rather smooth and glides from page to page well, at default to wheels can be found at both far ends of the screens (screen 1 and screen 5) these are very responsive as well as useful however i was slightly disappointed when i found they could not be moved to say the top or bottom of the screen.
To access the menu one must slide up the dock.
I was disappointed with the menu for many reasons:
1) no auto sorting- i discovered this when id finished downloading all the apps i had previous, I then spent maybe an hour organising them into an A-Z order
2) Full of Bloat-ware- and i mean FULL of it, from juice defender to File Manager it was there.
3) No Un-installation- as one would with a rooted phone they may wish to un-install some of the things in the phones ROM that cant normally be un-installed, I downloaded an Un-installer from the market (a fairly good one too). I opened it and selected an app in this case it was the bloat-ware app Twitter.
i clicked on un-install and surely enough it did, however when i returned to the main menu there it was!!
I tried un-installing it via the main menu but to no dismay!
Only by downloading an app hider was i able to get rid of the app shortcut.
On too the more vital stuff now
Battery life- I have yet to see how long it lasts however i can say its fairly good however i use the app 2x battery life which probably helps me.
Messaging and Calling- very standard but smooth. however messaging lacks a dictionary so no auto correct
Internet and wifi- Standard no criticism to be made.
Camera- original has been replaced with Camera ICS. Its good however I would of gone on to rename it just "Camera"
OK for now that will conclude the review mainly because I cant think of what else to put in these.
So in conclusion.
This is a very nice, smooth app
However it is clear it has many flaws which make other ROMs superior.
CHANGES I WOULD LIKE TO SEE:
-Auto sorting in menu
-Smaller dock background
-Ditch the ICS boot animation
-Make the bloatware optional
-DRIFT AWAY FROM GINGERBREAD......ok i know its based on 2.3.5 but please, come on, its a custom rom! it should be more customed!!! maybe change the widgets and icons to something more unique