CyanogenMod 10.2 vs Paranoid Android vs AOKP: features shown in handy infographics

by: Chris SmithOctober 6, 2013

Android 4.4. KitKat

An Android fan took to reddit and imgur to post three handy infographics detailing the most important features of three prominent custom Android ROMs, including CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android and AOKP.

Whether you like a stock Android experience, a default user interface from an Android device manufacturer or a custom ROM, you certainly should check out these three ROMs to see what they have to offer.

We have extensively covered custom ROMs, keeping you updated with everything that happens in the Android modding ecosystem, and showed you comparisons of our own between some of these custom ROMs.

That said, in the following images (credit: reddit user wamen_noodles) , you’ll be able to see the different and similar features between CyanogenMod 10.2, Paranoid Android and AOKP. The set of images will be especially useful if you don’t know which one to pick.

CyanogenMod 10.2 features

Paranoid Android features

AOKP features

Naturally, we’re not advising you to pick either one of the custom ROMs shown below, and we’ll remind you that it’s up to you to decide whether you want to install any of them on your devices – that means you’re the only one responsible for whatever happens to your smartphones and/or tablets during such procedures.

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What Android experience are you running on your device (see poll above)?

  • Alberto Manuel Rojas Mendez

    dude i’m using CM10.2 but i’ll try aokp

    • Alberto Manuel Rojas Mendez

      someone knows where can i download it?

      • Pavel Sikun

      • donkeykong85

        google aokp. both are great roms with good support.

  • Vil Burkhanov

    SLIMBEAN has majority of these features in one rom

    • Him

      Scumbag rom dev,
      Calls rom Slim
      Actually bloated with every feature imaginable.

      • Khizar

        not everyone thinks of features as “bloat”

      • Fuckyou

        You are an idiot.

  • lchupacabras

    CM is the best the rest is all drips~!

    But seriously, no other ROM has been, in my experience, as stable as the CM RC builds. That and the fact that all of the features they add to their ROM are actually useful and not just there for shitz n gigs definitely helps.

  • MasterMuffin

    CM team is the greatest for providing a good base for other ROMs like AOKP (which I’m using), but it’s not the best. AOKP or PA (PA 4.0 is going to be something amazing!)

    • Sean Hacker

      You must not know anything about source. AOKP does NOT use CM as a “base” as you call it. Its built from Googles sources. They only use certain repos from CM as they are well maintained by CM and not necessary to be maintained by AOKP. Source is available. Just take a look and see for yourself. ;)

      • MasterMuffin

        My bad, I remember incorrectly what this page said
        Still CM gives many fixes and is a base for many ROMs

    • Juan

      I can’t stand the issues for camera and bluetooth of these roms. I like better the stock modded roms. Using omega in my Note 2 N7100

  • Mr. Mark

    PACMan. Get the features of all 3. Enough said.

    • Mike Palmer

      Or jellybam……. It’s the one I use…….. Sometimes :-)

      • Nicholas Smith

        carbon, ya dork

        • Mike Palmer

          Carbon is a mix of all 3 too?

          • Khizar

            no PA settings

      • Jason Edokpa

        JellyBAM FTW

    • George Chia

      or ProBam rom XD

      • George Av

        ProBam is a crappy copy of jellybam, or as it;s called now, bam rom.

        • George Chia

          lol i agree, ProBam is still very buggy and slow

    • George Av

      Very rude and idiotic dev.

    • Khizar

      +1.. PAC is by far the best “blend of all 3 big roms” that i have tried, my personal fav used to be rootbox and it was alot smoother than PAC but the dev stopped deving so i switched to PAC since i had no choice

      • jaden pleasants

        agreed. pac rom is perfection.

        • Android Developer

          But it has plenty of issues, at least it had last time I’ve checked.

  • Brociu

    I’m using PA on my NEXUS 4, and CM10.1 on Tab 2. And Paranoid is the best Android ROM for me, I don’t want to change it to stock, or something else ;)

  • Piggie

    A friend of mine has made a ROM with the best features of all ROMs. It’s great!

    • Ivan Myring

      What is it?

  • Dannyjayfuller

    How about PACman? Support is still minimal, but it’s a great rom with features Cherry Picked from all 3 major players. My mom’s MT4G took a liking to it, but My G2X is left in the cold for now. Of course, with the O2X supported, I may see some love soon.

    • mrjayviper

      would be nice if they could somehow redesign the settings provided. it’s sorta confusing.

      • donkeykong85

        its not that bad.

      • Khizar

        not really…

  • brian robinson

    probam best of all 3

  • great


  • Shaggyskunk

    Slimrom 4.3

  • percy

    PAC man m/

  • Android Developer

    Is there one that puts the quick settings together with normal notifications, as used on some stock roms ?
    I know there are apps for this, but when it is built in, it can have some better features (like long clicking on items).

    Also, are there roms that make it clearer as to how the single/long click work on the quick settings?

    • Alan Shearer

      most allow you to customize how quicksetting work, including single click versus long press. So you get to decide, ie. some like long press to turn on and off wifi, other prefer quick press to turn on and off. (at least PA and cyanogemod allow this as I have yet to try aokp. )

      • Android Developer

        cool, but what about having the quick settings above the normal notifications? do they have it too?

        • SGS4 User

          Im running CM 10.1 on my SGS4 and I have quick settings in my notifications bar. They let you choose a whole bunch of things including WiFi toggle or skip to the next track or toggling sound profiles.

          • Android Developer

            @79295e5ccf991fbb5df96e64bc5aed80:disqus I don’t think you’ve understood me. I meant seeing both the quick settings AND notifications on the same screen. The notification would be below the quick settings.
            I liked it on some stock roms, and i’ve wondered if there is such a thing on those AOSP based roms.

          • CM10.1 does do this. You’ve the option of using the shiny new Quick Settings panel AND placing a quick settings widget (though I think it’s now a Quick Settings Ribbon on 10.2) in the Notification Shade. And if I remember correctly, I think you can just turn off the new Quick Settings Panel, too.

          • Android Developer

            @pxlprsnatr:disqus do the quick-settings buttons (the ones that are just above the notification with the android icon) on the top act with both single click and long click?
            If they are just a notification with buttons, they can’t since notifications already have long click behavior.

          • I’m not entirely sure. Last I used the power widgets was when I was running CM9 and I started to exclusively use the panel onwards as I got used to them on the Nexus 7. The list has always been horizontally scrollable though so perhaps they don’t actually behave like notifications?

            As for CM10.2’s ribbon, I’d hazard a guess and say that they’ll have both single click and long click actions as, from how I understand it, the ribbon was originally only supposed to how you set up the panel. But I’ve not tried this so maybe someone who has can chime in?

            For what it’s worth, the CM and PA toggles both actually behave as toggles on single click. That’s actually one of the main reasons why I find it difficult to go back to vanilla Android. It’s a small thing, I know, but I’m a sucker for ease of use.

            More on the QS Ribbon:

          • Android Developer

            @Carlos yes i think you are right.
            notifications cannot have scrolling since they allow the user to swipe-to-dismiss them, plus, just like launcher-widgets they have limited number of different UI components you can use.

            and i also agree to the toggling thing. i think the vanilla toggles are not intuitive at all with the single click vs long click.

            what is the ribbon you are talking about? everytime someone says a ribbon to me i think of the nasty MS office change that drove me even farther than MS office products.

          • russ

            In slimbean there is a set of toggles available for the main notification shade, the larger quick toggle a are still a swipe away.

  • Alfredo Mendoza

    Im using slimbean 4.3…

  • androidiani.comdario

    i use cyanogenmod on my galaxy Ace.. i haven’t tried other custom roms, but i feel good with cyanogenmod

  • Captain Spaulding[1900+ posts]

    AOKP, I love the navbar customizations.

    • Khizar

      i personally prefer AOKPs nav var settings as well, but if thats the only thing that is making you stick with AOSP, try some other roms if you want..many of them use AOKPs nav bar settings..

  • Hothfox

    I’ve been using CM. I really would just stay stock, but I needed some of the customization in CM to get it where I wanted things.

  • Vong Jr. Phonsiri

    Carbon rom

  • ph10m

    Having thoroughly tested all of the above, I strongly prefer AOKP or a mix between the three, such as PAC or probam. Depends on how much you like to configure this and that. Touchwiz can be configured to be quite neat as well if you prefer some of its apps over stock. I’m currently running a leaked 4.3 for my note 2 with a bunch of customisations thanks to xposed.

  • kevin_gee

    I prefer stock. huehuehue

  • rickneworleansla

    None of these until the speaker phone echo is fixed.

  • Ray

    I’m loving Purity ROM. It’s very close to stock with only a couple of little additions added. Rock solid, stable, battery friendly, fast, fluid.

  • Stock Android FTW!#%

    • Khizar

      once you go custom, you cant go back ;)

  • Charles Chambers

    I would REALLY like to try Halo. Dunno if I want to put in the time to root my phone to do it though.

    • Mike Palmer

      I love it……. I’m running pa on my nexus 7 og and jellybam on my note 2

  • Melad360

    carbon rom

  • 72goojman72

    AOKP suits me just fine.

  • BennyBrick5

    Carbon is the best custom ROM that I’ve ever used. Combined with Xposed Framework + App Settings I have all of the options from all the above ROMs and more! More stable for me on 4.3 than PAC/JellyBam/any other ROM that tries to combine all the above.

  • yah


  • mckk

    Nice overview……although I do not get why slimbean was not mentioned. Beside that all three ROMs are using features from slimbean as well they have a lot unique own features which are kanged from a bunch of ROMs. But no one notifies it in articles for whatever reason lmao. And this with a user base about 1000000 ppl.

    • mckk


      SlimPie most customizable pie
      Privacy guard manager
      Notification shortcuts
      Dynamic Qs shortcuts
      Keyboard autorotate and hide fullscreen on landscape
      Gapps which switch with darkui
      Widgets viewpager accessible all the time

      I could write a bunch of other features which are developed by SlimRoms ‘:-p

  • Aravind

    PACMan Pa+Aokp+Cm

    • Reezo

      Mind = Blown.

    • donkeykong85

      pacman is great. i think there is not enough ram on my gnex to run it really well though and i found i was really only using the aokp features so i just went back to stock aokp.

      • Khizar

        used the rom when i had the gnex and it ran perfectly, no issues…but not sure about the current issues, havent been to the fourms in a while

  • Axxell

    That’s odd…it seems as though AOKP has the most features but is the least preferred of the 3. Is there anyone who has tried AOKP and not liked it? Why?

    • Aaron Stevens

      No idea, AOKP is great, can’t live without that left and right arrow addition to the Navigation bar especially, much more accurate than moving that blue arrow around for word corrections.

    • Omar

      Tweens hate unicorns

    • Mike Palmer

      I liked aokp allot as it’s stable and fast and was one of the best for battery life out of the ones I have tried

    • ,

      I have it both on my tablet and phone and I like it the most, mainly because how much I can customise it and it’s also stable.

    • mrjayviper

      i’ve looked at AOKP recently and found their nightlies are not really nightlies

    • donkeykong85

      ive used all three and pacman. aokp is the best imo.

    • Rami Metanes

      Yes, I’ve been using AOKP Milestone 2 on my S3 and am facing the below
      distortion when using camcorder and loud music being played in background.
      During a call using bluetooth, if I rut off bluetooth device voice of person on the line is not heard on internal / external speaker

    • Dennis Johnston

      I did but something keeps bringing me back to cm.

  • Brint


  • hehehe


  • tomn1ce

    I have Pure Toro Modified v1.63 on my vzw G-Nexus…I had PacMan before it started to act up a few weeks ago.

  • Omar

    AOSPA 3.+

  • christopher golden

    I have been through most of the Rom’s out there and I have to say up until recently, I have been very happy with the Xenon HD rom. There isn’t a feature in the list above that isn’t built into the Rom and for the most part, everything in the Rom is pretty bug free.

    Just wanted to give Xenon HD a shout out since it’s been my daily driver Rom for over a year now.

  • Lugnuts McGruff

    Keep Calm and Stay Paranoid…

  • mr green

    Slimbean ftw!

    • Jayfeather787

      Slimkat now.

  • Still waiting for CM Installer for my Verizon Galaxy S3… I’m new to this and don’t want to screw things up.

  • Samihan Jawalkar

    which of them needed class 4 sd card ???why do we need class 4 sd card for cynogen

  • Chris

    Gonna try either PA or Carbon when they release 4.4.

    With CM going corporate, I feel that some things will be lost. I know that the next version will remove root if you flash it so be careful!

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  • nick

    miui v5

  • Genius.Lizard2

    (Maybe I’m Wrong ;) )
    CM: (Most Simple/Lowest Ram Use/Updated every Day)-Keep it Simple And Updated With CM…
    AOKP:Use More features And Settings With More Use Of Ram for sure…
    Slim: Like CM, with more settings…
    PACMan:Get the all features? So More Use Of Ram…
    in the end:
    i like to use AOKP But I want to be updated (nightlies) and i want LOWEST Ram Use.
    Hard Decision anyway! :D

  • Michael_Smith69

    in the first group of pictures (for CyanogenMod) all of the pictures show the time and the icons being blue. This is EXACTLY what i want for a holo theme. I have searched high, and low, but i can’t seem to find the setting to change it from the white to blue….. even the Holo themes use a blue background with white letters. How did you get the blue letters with black background?


  • Jeffrey N. Louis

    I’ve been using CyanogenMod 13 on my LG Optimus L90 (D415, was very hard to unlock boot loader but was worth it) and also tried AOKP on it too. I much preferred CyanogenMod 13. I’m stuck like glue to it.