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  • Birthday 07/12/1976

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    HTC Diamond

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  1. What makes you stick with Windows Mobile?

    Not to divert the topic, but... The actual GPS chips in the iphone are a bit rubbish, great for those "find a pizza restaurant near me" but at times it can be frustrating for satnav. On OTA/exchange etc, my company runs with a 3rd party web hosted exchange, just pointed it at the server and it all works perfectly for mail/calendar/contacts. Push uses more battery, so I just run mine on pull. If you "fix" your phone you can theme it etc, but it slows the phone down, and I'm happy enough with the vanilla iphone look. Search on "Winterboard" for the theming stuff. The key thing though for me, is it just works, when I ring someone it works, when I hang up I don't have to hit the button 5 times. When I go to my mail, or sms's, wifi, videos or whatever, it just works first time everytime. As to "Is there a good reason to go back to WM?" I would be happy to return to WM if they genuinely sorted out the stability and battery life issues. In terms of features, WinMo has always had a great feature set, but the phones (especially every 3g winmo I've used) are just too unreliable, you get the fun of tweaking them, but the actual usage just annoys you on a daily basis.
  2. What makes you stick with Windows Mobile?

    I got into winmo back almost at the beggining, when it started out it was light years ahead of what anyone else was doing, and I couldn't see myself ever going to another form of phone. However, as the years have past, everyone else has caught up and gone past where winmo was, and winmo is still stuck in it's bugs and bloated OS. So I've left. Here's my list of phones: Orange SPV "Canary" - The original Orange SPV E200 "Voyager" Orange SPV C500 "Typhoon" Qtek 9100 "Wizard" - Absolutely amazing, but also quite big T-Mobile MDA Vario II "Hermes/TyTN" - awful phone, slow, no battery life. Basically I have yet to use a HTC 3G phone that wasn't rubbish E650 "Vox" - Brilliant phone Orange SPV C600 "Faraday" - Good solid little phone until it got too wet snowboarding HTC Touch Diamond - nice style and usage, but too low battery and dropped calls continuously Back to the specific questions 1) I don't, microsoft has dropped the ball and I'm sick of waiting around for them to produce something that actually works consistently 2) In the day it was all the message handling and apps 3) In the day it was their rubbish message handling and lack of apps I now have an iphone, and it's back to how I was when I first got my SPV "Canary" I just can't put it down.
  3. S10 Screen Resolution

    The Lenovo S10 has a resolution of 1024x600 The Lenovo S10e has a resolution of 1024x576 I believe Lenovo's reason is that 1024x576 is widescreen without black bars above and below the display, so playing widescreen TV content is very slightly nicer, the downside is you've got 24 less pixels for you applications... Either way, it's a lovely little netbook, I'm not complaining. There is no way of getting more resolution, at best you may be able to get it to scale so that things look smaller, but it will just do this by dropping pixels. For instance, if you are running OS X you can do 'defaults write AppleDisplayScaleFactor 0.8' (or some other factor) and things will look smaller, but it just clips pixels out of the image to fit it in.
  4. OK, it's a little off topic but... Diamond has 2 reasons a number of apps (especially games) don't work. First it's VGA and some games won't work with it. Secondly, they've co*ked up the DirectDraw drivers. In a nutshell the driver reports it can do double buffering (which is generally a requirement but good developers work around it), but at the same time the driver also only provides access to enough graphics memory for a single buffer, meaning initialising the DirectDraw infrastructure gives an out of memory when you try to instantiate the back buffer.
  5. OK, it's a bit underwhelming, but they'll get it into the market just based on their name. The real question is whether it gets the developer support, is the framework of the operating system good enough and extensible enough that people produce the apps to fill the holes. As a starter device, it's a bit ugly, but I've seen worse. The real question is though, even if it becomes a popular OS, they will end up stuck the same way Windows Mobile is. The biggest problem and barrier to good winMo apps is that every device is different, and you get examples like the HTC diamond where a whole bunch of stuff just doesn't work. Compare this to a developer producing iPhone Apps, you only have currently 2 device to test and develop your app for. Even when future iPhone's hit, there'll be a high level of consistency between devices because there is only one hardware provider. With Android, if it works, we'll have 6 devices in the next year and 20 within 2 years, and every one will be different, potentially with different screen sizes, orientations, different g-sensors, everything... very hard for the development community to keep behind. The only saving grace will be if google has somehow been exceptionally smart with the OS design to minimise the impact of various platforms on the developer. Just my 2p
  6. Multi-Touch anyone ?

    Go for it, it's easy enough info for anyone to reproduce anyway, only took 10 mins playing around with the tool to see what it can and can't detect.
  7. Multi-Touch anyone ?

    OK, I've download the NavDBG tool and played with it... strictly speaking this isn't multitouch, or not multitouch in the way that the apple looks at it. It's single touch but split into 3 areas. Basically imagine the button area at the bottom of the diamond is split into 3 columns. You have 3 single touch areas: 1) On the left with the home and dial buttons 2) In the middle tracking outside the circle or also detecting a touch (not a button press) inside the circle. If you finger touches both outside and inside the circle, outside the circle takes precedence 3) On the right with the back and hangup buttons. The multitouch impression comes from the fact that all 3 of these single touch areas can be used simultaneously. This doesn't in my opinion open up brilliant options in terms of pinch to shrink spread to enlarge ala apple, but it does mean that a device fairly limited in terms of buttons could get a lot of good enhancements to useability. My biggest annoyance with the device is when you are trying to gesture in TF3D or in an app (eg scrolling in opera) and it decides you've tapped mid gesture and follows a link etc, using the louch sensitive lower areas for gestures would eliminate this problem and make for a much better user experience (in my opinion). Also, for games, the potential to use the touch sensitive lower area for a range of game controls would be great. So all good stuff, but not strictly speaking multitouch.
  8. Is it Rubbish??

    There has been a lot of complaints about this phone, but I love mine. I think another factor is that this phone is just sooo damn sexy. It means rather than just being used by us mobile phone geeks, it's also being bought by lots of people who are less used to high powered devices and low battery lives. I've been on windows mobile for too many years now, and the 2+ days I get from my diamond is pretty much exactly what I expect (I don't use push email, I believe it'll reduce your battery life) The phone is fast in all apps, touch flow could be a bit more responsive, but with the latest ROMS (eg TLR3) it's a lot more responsive than it used to be. I would say I'm totally happy with it, previously I was on a VOX which was a brilliant little phone, didn't want to go back to full sized "pocket pc" format devices, however the diamond is small enough, and I've adapted pretty fast to not having a hardware keyboard. It is MUCH better than my last attempt at 3g which was the Vario II which was a slow, draggy, annoying phone.
  9. Diamond getting warm

    Mine only gets warm like this when I am using the GPS. It also gets a bit warm when charging. I find even if I play videos etc it doesn't heat up too much, but I ran tomtom for an hour the other day and the whole phone was ludicrously hot by the time I reached my destination. I plan to try using an external GPS with tomtom which should 100% prove how much of the heat is from the GPS and how much is from the processor running intensive applications, but my suspicion at the moment is that it is GPS. It also just eats battery when the GPS is on...
  10. Diamond getting warm

    Mine only gets warm like this when I am using the GPS. It also gets a bit warm when charging. I find even if I play videos etc it doesn't heat up too much, but I ran tomtom for an hour the other day and the whole phone was ludicrously hot by the time I reached my destination. I plan to try using an external GPS with tomtom which should 100% prove how much of the heat is from the GPS and how much is from the processor running intensive applications, but my suspicion at the moment is that it is GPS. It also just eats battery when the GPS is on...
  11. Fuzzy Screen

    You've peeled of the protective plastic it was packaged with I presume? But seriously, apart from grubby fingerprints, my screen is crisp and very good quality. So it sounds more like a fault.
  12. Saw a post on XDA Devs from TheLoanRanger saying he'd hopefully have a V3 based on 1.93.xxx up "tomorrow", so I'd expect we'll see it in a day or so.
  13. We already know about the 1300mAh battery (and cover)... A couple of other places also seem to list a 1800mAh version http://www.clove.co.uk/viewProduct.aspx?Ma...DD-44D1B2BEF716 Photos of the battery do look bigger physically than the 1300mAh... anyone know if this is real? Any shots of the back of the device with this as I assume it is bigger than the 1300mAh one...
  14. I'm looking at a little over 2 days if I just use it as a phone with light browsing and no push email. I have done the "advanced config" thing from XDA developers and switched on the extra power save items. If I use GPS then it's more like 2-3 hours of sat nav :-( but I can always plug it into the cigarette lighter in the car. So does push email really consume that much power? Ie, halving battery life (roughly)
  15. GPS - battery and very hot

    Yeah, that's my suspicion from what happened at the weekend. The other thing I'm considering, is how hot/battery use it runs at if you still use a external GPS via bluetooth. Haven't really thought about how to configure it for that yet... but it's probably worth a play.
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