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    Leafy Surrey
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    Samsung B7350
  1. The HD2 is bigger and heavier but is the Window Mobile 6.5.3 experience really that much better on the HTC than it is on the Omnia? Battery life on the HD2 is poor as well. I think all things considered (size, weight, battery life, user experience), the Omnia just edges it forward.
  2. Thanks for the speedy reply Speedfrog B) I see several links on here, should I download the individual eBoot, CSC, Phone and MST files or just the single English ROM dump that contains all of the above for English? That thread says the individual files and MST are in Russian so I'm guessing I need the English ROM dump only. Tusin tak (it's been years since I visited Norway so apologies if I got it wrong :D)
  3. Couple of quick questions: 1. Which do you prefer, the Omnia 2 with the 3.7" OLED screen or the HD2 with the larger 4.3" capacitative display? 2. What would you say the going rate is for an Omnia 2 in excellent condition? Don;t seem to be many of these around. Cheers, Dark Horse
  4. Hi there, I've spent days trawling through this forum and can't seem to find the right answers, at least not in English that I can understand B) Would be very grateful if anyone can help with the following: 1. What is the latest official Samsung build of Windows 6.5.3 for the Omnia 2 that has English language support? By this, I mean what is the firmware name (e.g. I800NXXJH2) and the CSC, PDA, eBoot components required/contained therein? Many of the posts here talk about having to use a different CSC so it's not in Russian or Danish, is there not just one download that will work out-of-the-box for English? 2. On the samfirmware.com site, I can see that the last official Samsung build is I8000NXXJJ1 dated October 2010 which I believe this is a Windows 6.5 ROM. However, there is also I800NXXJI1 listed dated September 2010 which I think is WinMo 6.5.3 (as per question1 above). My question is why would the last official Samsung build be an update to WinMo 6.5 rather than WinMo 6.5.3? 3. Are there any major differences between the official WM6.5 and 6.5.3 builds provided by Samsung, especially in performance and functionality provided? By this, I mean is it worth upgrading? Is it more finger friendly? Can you still use the cube button to start the menu? The jump from 6.1 to 6.5 was significant, I'm not so sure about 6.5 to 6.5.3 so am wondering whether it's worth the effort. 4. What significant software and GUI changes, if any, are there between the official Samsung builds of 6.5 and 6.5.3? I know the Bubble Breaker game has gone from 6.5.3 and I can live without that. What about the SMS and contact functionality? Many thanks in advance for any help, I've really tried hard to find the answers in this forum but most of the posts here are around custom ROM's which I've no interest in. I can see that flashing the Omnia is going to be far messier that it was with my old Samsung i600 :D
  5. Agreed! I went for a Samsung class 6 in the end as it was only a few quid more, will post back here how quick it is once it arrives. The Kingston 2GB MicroSD in my i600 is not SDHC but is very slow, it even makes Win 5 sluggish as it pauses to read the card when starting apps or even jumping between folders.
  6. Looking to get a new micro SD for a Samsung B7350 Omnia Pro 6.5.3 WinMo handset and just wanted to know if there's any benefit in getting a card that is class 4 or 6 if you have a lot of apps and media on the card? I know the SDHC micro standard corresponds to the minimum write speed which is useful if you do frequent copying from a PC via a card reader but is there any benefit in the actual handset itself? Anyone know what speed does WinMo 6.5 read/write to the micro SD in the handset? Seems no point getting a class 4 or class 6 if the read and write is the same ;)
  7. Howdy all, thinking of buying one of these babies and had some questions. Would be grateful if anyone could help: 1. Can you use the radio without having to plug in any headphones? Some moby's require the headphones to be always plugged in for the aerial. 2. Are there any freebie programs available that will reliably sync contacts and calendar with Outlook on a desktop PC? (no interest in using the Google cloud). Being able to backup SMS to a PC would also be useful. 3. Does the OSF support DivX/XvId/MPG out of the box or do you need to install a thrid party player? (like CorePlayer on Windows smartphones). 4. Is there a flight mode to prevent the handset using data whilst abroad? This would also be used to force it to use Wifi where I don't want to incur any charges with Orange's rubbish data "packages". 5. I've read many threads about AMOLED vs. TFT screens and it seems only TFT handsets are being produced now. It seems the only difference is colour and possibly battery life. Is the TFT any less responsive than the OLED version? (not that it matters since scamming Orange have switched to cheaper TFT displays). Do the TFT displays run down the battery quicker? 6. When typing an SMS in landscape, can you see the full body of at least one full SMS? On a lot of moby's (iPhone included) when typing an SMS, you can see just two or three lines and have to scroll. 7. Does the keypad have haptic feedback? (especially when typing SMS) 8. How many clicks/actions are required from the home screen to start typing and composing a new SMS? 9. Is Arabic language support enabled? (older 1.x Android versions never supported Arabic properly if at all) 10. Can you install apps from a PC or is it OTA only? Do you need any kind of Goggle account to use Marketplace? 11. Are there any plans for a proper Android ROM upgrade to 2.2+? (no interest in custom ROMs) 12. Currently have a Blackberry and Windows Smartphone and don't generally like touchscreen phones. Am interested in the OSF purely because it's cheap and to mess around with Android. Coming from a hardware keyboard to a software one will be the trickiest part. Anyone else in a similar boat who can advise how they found the transition? Typing messages/SMS/email will be the main use for the OSF. Thanks in advance for any help :(
  8. For anyone duped into thinking WM6 offers a significant upgrade benefit for the i600, don't bother. I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about and wished I hadn't now, WM6 is a pile of crap! Among the long list of stupid changes and "enhancements" are the following: 1. SMS and MMS has been merged into a single folder for some dumb reason. I want to keep my bread separate from my cheese, not have everything munged together into a single mouldy cheese sandwich. And why is the default compose new message menu item now MMS? I mean really, who the hell sends MMS these days? 2. The softkey has changed for creating a new text message. Before, the left software used to be "New" for a new SMS so it was just one click. The left softkey is now the far less useful "Delete" which means to create a new SMS, you have to click Menu - New and then scroll down for SMS because the default is MMS (see point 1 above). 3. I counted precisely zero improvements to performance despite Micro$oft claiming "thousands" of under-the-hood enhancements to increase both speed and stability. The phone takes the same time to boot, the same time to shut, menu's are no quicker and clicking any icon on the start grid still takes a few seconds to action. This is no speed demon by any means. 4. There is a bug whereby if you lock the keypad, the battery indicator disappears. Unlocking the keypad, shows the battery indicator as normal. Seems to be sporadic and the battery indicator only disappears after several hours of having your keypad locked. 5. Lots of programs crashing which worked absolutely fine in WM5. CorePlayer for example *always* crashes if you open a video file and then either try to change the file or close CorePlayer, reopen and change it that way. Only a reboot seems to clear it and allow you to change video files. 6. Opera Mobile doesn't work with WM6. Installs fine but starting it results in an error message that says "Opera failed to reserve heap, closing." Don't know whether to smack Opera or Microsoft over this! 7. Windows Live is a mess. Once you start Messenger for the first time, it dumps all your messenger contacts, complete with silly names, into your contacts list which is now this single list for SIM, Outlook (address) and Messenger contacts. This business of a single repository for everything sucks, I want my lists to be completely separate. If I want to see Live Messenger contacts, I'll go to my Live Messenger app not fire up my address book FFS. 8. Email integration is much tighter which is great and it even shows you the indicator on the home screen but the speed of email is dreadful. If you have any email accounts with more than several messages, synching over wifi is deadly slow. You'd be better off firing up a browser (if it worked) and browsing through a web page which defeats the whole point of integrated email. 9. IE was cack in WM5 and I'm unsurprised to report that not only is it still cack in WM6, it's actually gotten worse which you would have thought impossible. Over wifi, the browser loads just the first page you enter and then refuses to load anything else after that, preferring instead to return some cryptic error message consisting of what looks like memory addresses. For the purpose of balance, here's what I thought was good with the new upgrade. 1. The calendar is much better. You can finally change the default view, something that should have been available back with WM 2003. 2. Integrated Email is great (even though it's slow) and setup is a cinch. You simply enter your email address and password and WM6 goes away and setups up all your accounts. There is even a new email counter on the home screen to show unread emails. 3. Might just be me but I reckon battery life is improved. 4. The new Call History is very nice, it shows you a full list of all the dates and times that a call was sent/received. In WM5, it only ever showed you the last date and time a call was sent/received. 5. Umm, the token changes to icons are nicer than the old version. I like the new Windows Basic home theme which uses a new colour scheme, will see if I can use this on WM5. In short, my advice is don't bother upgrading to WM6, I've downgraded mine back to WM5 that does everything just fine for me. In particular, that whole business with combined SMS and MMS and comprising a new message is just unacceptable.
  9. Ok, tried this on my Samsung i600 with WM5 for Smartphones and it installs fine, loads fine but doesn't get past the disclaimer screen as the soft keys do nothing and moving the cursor to the buttons to accept the disclaimer and "make something happen" yields no results. Will have to either upgrade to WM6 standard or stick to using MIDLET Managers with Opera Mini. Damn you Opera Mobile 10 BETA!
  10. Ah, didn't spot that - will give it a whirl this eve and post back here.
  11. Any idea if this will work on Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones?
  12. Looks like the i600 doesn't have clean hardware support for midi which is why games from Konami and Capcom that have midi files don't have any sound although the games play just fine. Strange though as the same midi files work under Pocket WMP. That's hardware limitation no. 3 that Samsung has messed up with this handset :D No cell location broadcast (for Google Maps) Sound emulation for Java MIDlet manages screwed up Midi support screwed up (at least for games) And don't even mention the useless proprietary non-USB connector :angry:
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