Is Android Gingerbread 2.3.x that bad to go back to? – Well I’ve i used Ice Cream Sandwich on a Phone and Tablet and I must say I enjoy it immensely, the UI flows more and it’s a better experience to Gingerbread, and so it should be as well being the new iteration of Android. But does that mean going back to Gingerbread after using Ice Cream Sandwich is unusable and a bad experience? Not in my opinion.
Now i read Tyler’s Editorial and I know he likes the latest and greatest, but I think in my opinion that his opinion was a little harsh. We all use Android so that we customize the device to be what we want, change aspects down to the last aesthetic drop and Gingerbread allows us to do an array of tweaks to make it great.
Android 4.0.x and current ICS ROMs for many devices do not fully work as Tyler pointed out, mainly hitting a roadblock on the graphical side of things, with Video playback, gaming and the UI’s fluid flow suffering, often the camera not being fantastic as well, along to with other bugs.
Here are some of the interesting points that Tyler made that I will be highlighting and think a little harsh. You can read the whole editorial to get the full insight here on both opinions here: [Editorial] Why I Switched Back To Android 4.0.
Now bear in mind Tyler was talking about the G2X here and in his own words said “I finally decided let me put Gingerbread back on until these ROMS get better. I looked through all the ROMs went back and forth did I want MIUI, or CM7.” In question here is the ROM choices being MIUI and CM7 (CyanogenMod 7) that he could of used, these are two of the most customizable custom ROM’s for any front end user, you can change so much and we will get back to that in a little bit.
First up Tyler didn’t like the set up screen because it was green and not ICS blue or Cyan like CyanogenMod. Nothing big in my opinion and not a reason to dislike a variant of Android at all, you only do this process once you first set up and it’s done.
Moving on Tyler said this moving onto the UI and in correlation to the launcher “This is where I started going crazy. It was ugly, it didn’t make me want to use the device. The lock screen was just not inviting. Reminder the G2X has an almost stock UI so the lock screen was the sliding tabs, and it looked all clunky. The whole UI just looked clunky.”
Finally letting off with the following opinion Tyler’s points out his viewpoint on Gingerbread after using Android 4.0.
This post kind of went off into a rant against Gingerbread, but that’s my stance on it. Gingerbread is not bearable after using Android 4.0. ICS is just more beautiful the whole UI and user experience, is just better.
It’s the little things really:
- Lock screen – It’s much nicer and more inviting and flows with the UI more
- Cyan Color – I love it especially over that green
- Recent Apps Function – It’s overall better and easier for multi-tasking
- Widgets in App Draw – I just feel like this is how it should be, it flows better
Overall Android 4.0 is a better experience for a mobile user, and the little issues are bearable because of how much an improvement Android 4.0 is. This is why as I write this article I am flashing the new version of Hellfire Sandwich and will be back to 4.0 in a few moments.
Goodbye Android 2.3 hope to never see you again
Now I disagree slightly, I’m not saying Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t a better experience, I’m not saying it’s not more beautiful, and I’m not dismissing the advancement of ICS being better overall but, too dismiss Gingerbread is wrong and to say it is not bearable is a little of an oversight considering the platform Android is today.
The little issues being bearable with a ICS ROM? The device doesn’t work properly and it’s hardly worth using a half working ROM so that you can have it looking a certain way. Which brings me to the next point, the way it looks.
Android is highly customizable and you can change pretty much everything you want depending on the level of user that you are, hell even if you are new to Android you can change so much.
Now Tyler could of flashed a stable and working CM7 or MIUI, both very customizable. He didn’t like the greens? Change it then. He didn’t like the lockscreen? Change it then. With CM7 theme engine, a custom launcher, changing the font to Roboto and other little changes you can replicate the stock ICS look pretty much to the point. With so many lockscreen apps like WidgetLocker, MIUILocker and more you can change so much. That’s the point, it’s Android and you can change the look of the UI to your needs, if that’s what is putting you off Gingerbread then it’s a poor excuse.
Yes the changes like Widgets in the app drawer and recent apps function are not able to be put into Android with 2.3.x, but they are very small and petty discrepancies to be able to call Gingerbread as Tyler puts - “Gingerbread is not bearable after using Android 4.0”.
Gingerbread is still the stable Android version, it’s still the variant that has all the working applications, It’s also where you have more at your disposal and it’s also where it’s all working.
Going Back To Gingerbread After Using ICS… Is It That Bad?
No in my opinion is the answer and as much as it’s halting the progress of Ice Cream Sandwich and causing fragmentation, It is still the stable and most worked on variant of Android. Gingerbread is not unbearable, Gingerbread is not unusable and it is the most compatible. Android is about choice and with that comes the ability to change the look and feel of your device. So Tyler I think you may of made an oversight of what Android can do. As i said though Android is all about choice and if Tyler’s choice is to use a half working ICS ROM because of small matters that you can change within Gingerbread anyway then that’s his own decision of course.
Gingerbread although maybe not as good as Ice Cream Sandwich when it comes to the Stock UI and feel, remember you can change your Android device to be and look pretty much how you wish. I’ve gone back to Gingerbread after Ice Cream Sandwich and it isn’t that bad or unbearable. This is my opinion to counter Tyler’s and probably a fair few others too share Tyler’s views, but this is Android and choice is all their for us to utilize. Gingerbread is a choice for some and it’s also a very usable and bearable choice at that.