The HD2 and I – The Saga Continues


Well, it’s not REALLY a saga but it is none-the-less a voyage into the unfamiliar. I was very familiar and comfortable with the Treo680 since the Handspring. WinMo I’m not so much – familiar with, that is. It resembles the desktop version, so to that extent there is a familiarity to it.

The keyboard is still a source of frustration but I am getting better at it. Depending on the app, it is either too responsive or not at all (probably apps that are not REALLY for touchscreens!). I seriously thought about returning it. I went as far as going back to the TMo store to see what else they had! But once you have the HD2 you can’t really go back. It would have to be egregious and… it’s not.

Right at my house, I consistently get a really strong EDGE signal but the speed is not bad so I guess I’m OK with that. I connected to my WiFi and THAT is working really well.

You’ve got to keep a micro fiber cloth nearby at all times because the screen LOVES your prints. It seems that this will be the “downfall” of all these touchscreen devices. I just saw a pic of the new iPad (scroll down a bit) in the right light: paw prints all over!

Speaking of the screen. It’s big and beautiful and you can read comfortably on it. I try to keep-up with the news and this screen is easy on the eye. My opinion is that every new device should come out with a screen between 4 and 5 inches to be of any use. The screen is big but the device is still pocket-able.

I also like the camera performance. The pics are bright and crisp. Here is one of our adopted Chubby “the fat cat” making his rounds in the backyard and intent on not missing a meal :)  (I just cropped it – NO retouching of any kind). I have not tried video yet.

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In the beginning, when I set-up the HD2 I unsuspectingly set-up the MS Direct Push “feature” and I have the impression that it is constantly trying to access the internet to retrieve new e-mails. I have not been able to find where to turn it off and it is a constant source of aggravation besides depleting my battery when I’m not looking.

Anyone out there knows how to cancel MS Direct Push Notification?

I also installed Co0kieMonster’s new Sense 2.5.x.x tab modification. I had the previous version that I liked very much but I can’t comment on this latest version as I just downloaded it today.

I also purchased SKTools software to do some registry editing and modifications. So far I’ve done a few of the registry tweaks suggested for the HD2 on XDA Developers. Nothing radical, yet. I have to be careful, I need my phone (after all it’s a phone first and foremost!) everyday and cannot be without it.

Also, I thought WinMo was supposed to be flash compatible. I visited several sites that told me to download it. I did it several times but I still can’t use flash. Any ideas?

Whatever happened to WiFi router in the “wireless control”? It’s MIA on mine. I was really looking forward to trying this feature. I wonder if it can be enabled through a registry edit?

Look forward to continuing this conversation. Do you have the HD2? What are your thoughts on it?  Thank you for visiting.

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  1. #1 by Aaron on April 19, 2010 - 7:25 pm

    If you want flash you have to use Skyfire browser, to turn push off you either have to edit your outlook account settings on the phone and tell it when to check for email scroll to your email press menu>Account settings>outlook>keep pressing next till you get to what to sync then press advanced settings and change the time when to check email change it to whatever you want. Or it might be in wireless settings tab and just turn it off. Wifi router if probably taken out by Tmobile since they want you to pay extra for tethering, it should be just a registry edit or something you can download from XDA devs.

  2. #2 by Aaron on April 19, 2010 - 11:38 pm

    What happened to my comment, I was trying to help you out there and it was somewhat of a lengthy post with instructions.

  3. #3 by Aaron on April 19, 2010 - 11:39 pm

    Well I guess there it is. Never mind.

  4. #4 by LeGaulois on April 20, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    Aaron, thank you for the help.

    For some reason Skyfire is SLOW on my HD2. I tried different ways to access the settings for Outlook but I cannot make any changes!! If I go the settings on the phone, under the mail tab, Outlook AND Hotmail are not available … only Gmail.

    I called TMo this morning and they were no help.

    I’m thinking of doing a hard reset.

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