MIUI vs. CyanogenMod (on Nexus 7)

MIUI vs. CyanogenMod (on Nexus 7)

Here is a (very) quick comparison between MIUI and CyanogenMod 10 on a Nexus 7.

First of all, keep in mind that MIU and CyanogenMod do not share the same purpose:

  • MIUM was designed in order to provide and easy and good looking interface,
  • CyanogemMod was designed for efficiency and customizability.

You will have to test them by yourself to make up your own mind. This is what I did: I installed the two of them and looked for the differences.

MIUI

MIUI is a radical change. It looks more like iOS than Android.
Unfortunately the version I installed (miuiandroid_grouper-2.9.7) was not specifically made for the Nexus 7 which made it quite annoying (it kept calling the “tablet” a “phone” and it always displays a “no carrier” sign for instance…).

MIUI

MIUI

MIUI on Nexus 7

MIUI on Nexus 7

MIUI on Nexus 7

MIUI on Nexus 7

MIUI Benchmark

MIUI Benchmark


CyanogenMod 10

On the other hand CyanogenMod looks exactly like the default Android ROM.
But slightly improved (version tested: cm-10-20120907-NIGHTLY-grouper).
You can customize many more things which makes it very pleasant to use.

CyanogenMod 10

CyanogenMod 10

CyanogenMod 10 on Nexus 7

CyanogenMod 10 on Nexus 7

CyanogenMod 10 on Nexus 7

CyanogenMod 10 on Nexus 7

CyanogenMod 10 on Nexus 7

CyanogenMod 10 on Nexus 7

CyanogenMod 10 Benchmark

CyanogenMod 10 Benchmark


Verdict

I chose to keep CyanogenMod over MIUI.

For now for two reasons :

  • The MIUI version I tested was not designed specifically for the Nexus 7
  • I like the default interface.

CyanogenMod is known for being very fast. (It is true on my Xperia Cell Phone.)
Although the difference is too slim to make any conclusion MIUI remains faster here.

Default ROM 3766
MIUM
(miuiandroid_grouper-2.9.7)
3791
CyanogenMod 10
(cm-10-20120907-NIGHTLY-grouper)
3772

Note: If you want to know how to install a custom ROM on you Nexus 7, read this article: How-To install MIUI or CyanogenMod 10 on a Nexus 7 (from Mac OS).

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