For this week’s Note 2 ROM of the week, check out Slim Kat ROM, available for AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, GT-N7100, and GT-N7105 variants.
I have been using Slim ROMs (same developers) for awhile since they had ROMs for the Galaxy S2. Their focus has always been on a “slim” ROM, just as the name implies. In fact, their default DPI (dots per inch) is lower than stock settings, which results in bigger resolution screen (or at least to the eyes).
Having such a feature on my Galaxy S2 wasn’t too pleasant as my screen was too small. Although there was a way to change the DPI back, I just felt that was just asking too much for the average Joe. But, in my recent testings with Note 2 and Note 3, I found it enlightening, it made my screen bigger, I could fit more apps into my homescreen/app drawer, just made more sense on a bigger-screen device. Of course, you can do this on any custom ROM but I find it handy that there’s a custom ROM made just for that and works out of the box.
That ROM is Slim Kat ROM. Also, Slim Kat ROM has a great set of navigation controls (in fact nearly unlimited) including customizable Power Menu, Hardware buttons (up to 9 shortcuts), Navigation bar, and SlimPIE Controls. Navigation shortcuts certainly come in handy and are one of the main reasons why people install custom ROMs in the first place.
Upgrading to a new version is also easy with SlimCenter, found in your Settings menu. Slim Team has done a terrific job of bringing their core focus to Note 2 and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Overall, I really like Slim Kat ROM not because of its features but it’s really buttery-smooth and fast without any overclocking/tweaking. While it’s not feature-packed, that itself makes it more stable and less bloated with stuff you really don’t need.
So, definitely give this “slim” ROM a try if you haven’t and do let me know what you think!
If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.
If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.