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  • flick 7:54 am on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , clear contacts, delete multiple contacts, google calendar, google contacts, , htc hero manual, , , sync, syncing   

    Things I have learnt to do on my HTC Hero – 2 

    In Part 2 of the mini series, I have decided to postpone my enthusiasm for Android apps (until Part 3) and write down a few more ‘useful’ tips I have found out.

    • Deleting multiple contacts – To delete multiple contacts, with reference to the official HTC Hero manual (Pg 70), navigate to the main ‘People’ list, press the Menu button, then select ‘Delete contacts’, which will allow you to select multiple contacts to delete.
    • Deleting all contacts (from Google Contacts sync) – One of the first things I did with my Hero was to login to my Google account. This resulted in almost everything being imported – including all the contacts I have ever emailed.   To make a fresh start, select ‘Settings’ then ‘Applications’, ‘Manage Applications’ then ‘Contacts Storage’ and select ‘Clear data’. Please bear in mind this deletes all your contacts.
    • Troubleshooting – Syncing the HTC Hero calendar with Google Calendar – Events in my Google Calendar are automatically displayed by my Hero. However, I could never see the events I added on the HTC Hero online. It turns out the simple trick – as pointed out by TeaLeaf – is to select the relevant ‘Google’ calendar at the top when you first add the event via your Hero (and not My Calendar) so that the next time you login to your Google Calendar – hey presto!

    One thing I have to give credit to Orange UK for is that, at a superficial user level at least, they have given the user (me) what seems to be the ‘full’ HTC Hero Android experience with this phone.  To put this comment into context, my last phone – the LG ViewTY – had so many Orange UK customisations, the interface barely resembled what everyone else was reviewing!

    The ROM, alas, is not the latest version released (I am told and have read that it improves the speed of the phone and the camera quality) which is strange, given that the ROM Upgrade for Orange (2.73.61.5) came out on 18th September 2009, and I only got my phone last week.

    I have noticed the odd freeze, so maybe a ROM upgrade is due at some point. I will cover my attempt at upgrading the ROM in a future post. It will be a landmark first attempt for mildly techie me, so fingers crossed. The installation instructions look quite bewildering!

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  • flick 5:39 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abduction, , , faq, , htc widget, newbie, notifications,   

    Things I have learnt to do on my HTC Hero – 1 

    As a new user to ‘smart’ phones like the HTC Hero, I thought it might be a good idea to write up a series of really mini posts about what I’ve learnt to do. They may seem like really simple things, but as I am extremely slow when it comes to learning about phones…

    Before I start, one of the most useful websites is HTC’s own FAQ section, which can be found here (click on Product Support on the left to find FAQs for e.g. the US Sprint version):

    http://www.htc.com/uk/faq_detail.aspx?p_id=283&act=faq&cat=0

    • Getting rid of icons in the top bar – I installed some apps from the ‘Market’ place of Android, and this resulted in some icons appearing in the top bar. These are called ‘Notifications’ and can be removed by pressing the  ‘Menu’ button and selecting ‘Notifications’ to show the list.
    • Copying and Pasting – Useful when copying and pasting email addresses or phone numbers, but not necessarily instinctive. With thanks to Gizmodo for the info, hold down your finger on the text/number/input box until a context menu appears.
    • Removing a widget from the HTC Hero – Like copying and pasting, you should hold down your finger on the app until the option to ‘remove’ it appears. This is also applicable when you want to reposition the widget.

    I really love my HTC Hero although, at present, the only gripe is that the Calendar app isn’t perfect.  This has also been discussed on Androidforums.com – the HTC Hero calendar  widget allows you to display just a day’s worth of ‘to-do’s as via the agenda format of the widget; or you get the entire month of dates as a calendar – not exactly useful if you have something ‘to-do’ almost everyday and want to see a few days in one go!

    Nevertheless, I have been really impressed by the Hero’s capabilities. The original ‘Home’ setup is so lovely I haven’t had the heart to customise even the wallpaper yet. I am looking forward to finding more to do with the Hero, and before the next mini post, I would like to recommend Abduction as an excellent Android game for download if you haven’t already got it.

    p/s: My Orange data bundle doesn’t start till November 1st, so will talk about connecting via Orange to the net in future posts.

     
  • flick 7:55 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 400 minutes, , dolphin 25, Dolphin 25 Websave (18mth), , , , orange upgrade, royal mail, unlimited texts, wifi   

    New contract on Orange UK – HTC Hero £25 per month on an 18 month contract, including 500MB internet! 

    After all the hoo-ha of waiting for my Dolphin 20 SIM ONLY package to ‘end’ (You have to wait for 3 months to upgrade from a SIM only with Orange, apparently) I finally got round to ordering a new HTC Hero!

    Bryan (or Brian) was a lovely gentleman who had, as he put it, only started working for Orange for 6 weeks – strangely knowledgable about the Orange UK upgrade system though.

    Anyway, this was the final deal that he was able to offer:

    • HTC Hero handset at £20 (one off payment)
    • 18 month contract at £25 per month (Dolphin 25 Websave (18mth))
    • 400 minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • 500MB data/internet

    The actual contract for talk time and texts is only £20 per month, so the extra £5 is for the so called ‘unlimited’ internet data package from Orange UK (which does pale in comparison to T-Mobile’s typical 3gb offer)

    This works out to be £26.40 per month over 18 months.  Apparently my ‘loyalty’ to Orange meant that the phone, which would normally have cost £100, was only £20.  Still don’t know what to make of that, but hopefully this information will come in useful for others.

    In hindsight, I would have loved to get this on a 12 month contract (which meant paying £35-40 online) and really should have asked how much discount my loyalty would get. Ah well.

    Looking forward to the delivery next week (not through Royal Mail!) although the actual contract will only start next month. Looks as though I’ll have to start learning to use the phone using the inbuilt WIFI instead!

    This is probably the smoothest upgrade I’ve had since I’ve been with Orange, and it would be great to find out the experience of others.  So if you are upgrading/buying a new HTC Hero on Orange, please let me know how it goes! 🙂

     
    • Thorsten 7:05 am on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A very nice deal you’ve got there Flick. You’ll love the Hero 🙂 Congrats!

      • flick 4:23 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Thorsten! 🙂 I was very pleased considering upgrades sometimes don’t offer the best deal. Will be writing up a few short posts about what I’ve learnt to do on the Hero.

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