It has always been my opinion that CyanogenMod was the perfect Custom-ROM. This is mainly because I really see the value of pure Android, minus any annoying bells and whistles. My friend suggested I give Slim Bean a try. The present version offers Android 4.2.2 and its basic configuration doesn't even contain 120 MB. As a matter of fact, I tried out Slim Bean yesterday and for the time being I'll stick to this new version and say goodbye to CyanogenMod.
Installing Slim Bean on the Galaxy S3 works easy as pie if it's already been rooted and you've installed the ClockworkMod Recovery tool. Once you've completed these recommended prerequisites, you can go ahead and download the ROM from SlimRoms, as well as the Google apps (Slim Gapps). Then you move them to the SD card on your smartphone in the download folder or another one of your choice.
If you would rather have the Nandroid launcher instead of the integrated Holo Launcher HD, you can just grab this from the extras. You can also download other extra functions like Face Unlock, though these can be acquired later on. The ''photo sphere'' download really wasn't worth it in my opinion, since the expected 360º panorama function didn't appear on the camera.
Don't forget to complete a full backup!
Before you start rolling, you should definitely perform a complete backup just in case something goes wrong. Carbon is secure and we recommend it for protecting your data, in order to avoid any risks while playing around with your device.
For the complete backup, the S3 needs to be turned off. Then you simultaneously push on the home, speaker and power button for the recovery. The volume regulator brings you to ''backup and restore'' and you chose this with the home button. Pressing 'backup'' will start the process and it will take about one coffee break for it to complete.
Once the backup is done and the battery is completely charged, you can get started. The first step is to erase the recover in the ''cash partition'', as well as ''davlik cache'' under ''advanced''. Under ''install backup from SD card – choose zip from SD card'' you'll be able to maneuver over to the folder with the downloads and select the data, which ends with OFFICIAL.zip. By clicking yes, you start the flash and it should take less than a minute. Afterwards, you repeat the same steps with the Slim Gapps and extras that you would like to install. Once this is done, select ''go back'' to ''reboot system now'' and press on the home button. That's it folks!
After you've established your Google account, the S3 should automatically download and install the most previously used apps. This takes a while. Apps, which aren't automatically installed, need to be manually retrieved. If you secured your app data via Carbon beforehand, then you can restore the settings. Within our test, it worked quite well with the Galaxy S3.
Small icons aren't for everyone
If you would like to set up this screen, you should first take into consideration that the icons will all appear small. This is because Slim Bean utilizes the pixel density of 240 dpi. In order to set up the normal icon size, you need to go the settings under ''user interface'', then select ''generic'' for ''LCD pixel density'' and set it to 1 over 320 dpi. Now simply restart the device.
In principal, you don't have to alter anything else at this point in time and you should be able to enjoy the speed of a ''naked'' Android 4.2.2 on your Galaxy S3. However, it's worth taking one more peek at the settings. This way you can test out the Google apps, in which you activate ''The Real Dark Slim''. It permits you to explore the various possibilities under ''user interface'' – ''generic''. I hope you have fun with this and I look forward to hearing about your Slim Bean experience!
Please don't forget: you are installing Slim Bean at your own risk!