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Virtuous Inquisition Rom Review - HTC Sensation 4G

Virtuous Inquisition v4.0.2
Phones: HTC Sensation (XE), MyTouch 4G Slide, HTC Evo3D (GSM Version) 
Developer: rmk4
Base: Android 4.0.3 with HTC Sense (guessing 3.6 because it runs rather smoothly)

Overview (via main site)
Virtuous Inquisition is a an ICS (4.0.3) Senseless ROM, meaning essentially all Sense components have been removed in favor of their AOSP counterparts. Everything except the camera app has been replaced. Any work, such as mods or fixes, you would like to contribute would be gladly accepted. The project has one goal, to provide a ROM which is as close-to-AOSP-ICS as possible. 

- Smooth 
- Feels just like an AOSP / AOKP Rom
- NOVA Launcher 
- Keeps the Sense Camera 
- Includes a video editor (Movie Studio) 
- T-Mobile WiFi Hotspot app 

- WiFi has issue at least for me. 
- They got rid of the HTC Sense music app 
- They got rid of the HTC Sense Connected Media app 
- Battery life seems to drain a lot while the screen is off… So it seems to be having a battery life issues.
- Removed the Sense keyboard 

When the phone first boots ups your will notice that this is truly a senseless Rom. It feels how stock ice cream sandwich should, well for the most part it does. There are some differences the are only really noticeable if you have used stock ICS, like long pressing the home screen brings up the classic menu found in earlier versions of android (I believe this is an Nova launcher feature). The Nova launcher works perfectly IMO, everything is silky smooth there are a few instances where the graphic glitches up but it is easily fixed by swiping the screen.  

You get all of the standard features that come with ICS. I found some of them to be kind of glitch like WiFi which for some reason doesn’t seem to want to stay connected to my WiFi network, Bluetooth is still a hit or a miss for me. I like the new Innovative way of taking screenshots (all you have to do is hold the power button till the menu pops up and asks you what you want to do then select take screen shot. I also know that this is an ICS feature rather that a Virtuous one.) , thought I don’t care you the images saving in the .png format. You also can’t take screenshots when the notification bar is down or when there is a pop up menu on the screen. 

Battery Life:
Honestly I’ve been getting mixed results with battery life. The Rom seems to drain while idling chances are it is probably just a rouge app that I have installed. On an average I’ve been getting around 6 ½ to 8 ½ hours of battery life. 

Stability: Performance 
For the most part this Rom is really stable and works how you would expect it to. I did have an issue with WiFi where I get disconnected every few seconds which is strange because I have never had an issue like this before. I thought I might have been death grip so I set it down on the table next to where I had my wireless N router and it still disconnected. Strange… 

My Thoughts 
Overall I have really enjoyed this Rom. It gives you the AOSP experience minus the glitchiness of the stock ROMs (well that’s not completely true because I was getting funny business with WiFi). I kind of wish that they kept some sense features like Connected Media, Sense Music App, Sense Keyboard, and a few others. It kind of makes you feel like AOSP is overrated. I’m pretty sure they will make improvement in the next build…

UI - 4
Features - 3.5
Battery - 3.5
Stability - 3.5 
Performance - 4.5



  1. Thanks for the review of the ROM! its great to see someone trying to give other more information about different ROMS.
    I read over at XDA that you didn't do a clean install and you reckon that that is a possible cause for the wifi issues - did you have a chance to verify that?
    with regards to the lack of HTC music app - i'm sure you can find the .apk for the app and install it on your phone :)

    boulder_boy @ xda

  2. Actually i did Superwipe before i originally installed it but for the last 2 days i've been getting the issues. I'm planning on re flashing when my battery is done charging. Im pretty sure there is an apk somewhere on XDA for the HTC Music app just kinda wish it was still left in there specially considering that right now it is better than the stock music app.

  3. Oh ok. Maybe it was caused by another app? wifi interference can also be a common issue - I read about it on another thread on XDA.
    I've been on ARHD since I rooted my phone ages ago because there was the option of using the no Sense script and it was the most stable ROM...not particularly fond of Sense tbh. However, with the ICS version i've been getting too many force closes with Launcher Pro and other apps and I really want to move to a ROM with a more vanilla experience.
    I've had my eye on Virtuous for a while now and just been reading up on stuff to make sure I won't miss too many Sense apps (music especially) when I switch over. I'm also hoping battery life will be better than what you've recorded

    boulder_boy @ xda


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