Has anyone flashed their SPV M700 to WM6 and if so how easy was it? am pretty handy with computers having BIOS flashed my Core 2 and OC'd it to death but it's my first PDA/smartphone and dont want to fry it as only just got it from Orange!!
Is there any real benefit from upgrading(?) to WM6? Is it faster/better?
What are the realistic chances of frying something on the phone by flashing the ROM from WM5 to 6?? etc etc
The advantages of WM6 over WM5 are quite minimal, unless you use Exchange Hosted email, when there are good benefits to be had.
Most of us who upgrade are 'dabblers' who want to be at the forefront of technology
We do it because we can, and because some clever folk have made it possible.
I have an Orange SPV M700 and when I got it, the first thing I did was a hard reset, and aborting the Extended ROM, to get rid of the dross Orange put on it. When WM6 was released, it soon became clear that the UK suppliers were not going to release an offical WM6 ROM; the early WM6 ROMs were based on the Hermes (Tytn) which is nearly identical to the Trinity/M700 apart from the GPS, which is a function of the Radio ROM anyway, not the main ROM.
When Dopod (Asia) released a WM6 build for the Trinity a lot of ROM 'cooks' used it to base their custom ROMs. The current favourite is Indigo by a ROM cook called Mun_Rus. It is extremely fast and stable, and cuts out a lot of the extras most people don't need, leaving the user free to install those he really wants.
There are some excellent guides to the whole process on XDA Developers- you need to register (free) to dwonload or contribute to the forums. Look in the Trinity/WM6 sub forum for all the info, but be aware that there is a massive amount of hype, confusion and general ill-informed comment there, so be selective. There are also a growing number of custom ROMs, many of which have big flaws.
If you follow the directions, you won't brick your device, but if you update the ROM you WILL invalidate the Orange warranty.
My advice is to get used to the M700 and the Windows Mobile system as it stands, then in a few weeks, decide if you want to take the plunge, then ask for more guidance