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  • flick 7:54 am on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: android, 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!

     
  • flick 5:39 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abduction, android, , 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 9:49 pm on June 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: android, , graphite, , , , , techradar   

    HTC Hero to be launched by Orange in early July! 

    It’s official! The Orange newsroom made the announcement today that they are (finally) launching HTC Hero in July!

    The phone will be available for free on selected monthly price plans (they quoted £ 39.15 per month on a 24 month contract in the press release) and will be the first of several ‘Android’ smartphones to grace the Orange UK portfolio.

    For t £ 39.15 per month, your deal will include:

    • 1200 any network call minutes
    • unlimited texts
    • inclusive anytime internet browsing so users can make the most out of their mobile experience

    Aside from the rather long contract (and slightly high cost for me) I think it sounds pretty attractive!

    Orange UK will be offering ‘Graphite’ exclusively in the UK (T-mobile will be launching the same phone as G1 Touch and in black for the same sort of contract) and you can catch a first look at the HTC Hero by visiting TechRadar’s “Hands on: HTC Hero review“;  they’ve given it a glowing review so far (especially the UI – User Interface) but have asked us to look out for an upcoming ‘in-depth’ review where they will see if the camera is as good as the 5MP on the tin.

    Do you think you’ll be tempted? I’m starting to think this might be a great alternative to my preferred HTC Diamond 2, especially with the in-built 3.5 mm headphone jack. Still no news from Orange about the latter though, but if the camera is as powerful as the Diamond 2,  I’ll be joining you in checking out the HTC Hero in the Orange Shop in early July!

     
  • flick 7:12 pm on June 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: android, dolphin 15, , , magic numbers, orange sim only, racoon, , Web 250textforlife   

    Orange UK’s Dolphin 20 SIM only package 

    Seeing as it’s quite unlikely that Orange UK will have either the HTC Diamond 2 or any new Android phones out anytime soon, I have decided to take the plunge and do one of the things I set out to do in the first place:

    reduce my monthly contract phone bill from £ 30 to £ 25 or less

    I had never really considered SIM only packages prior to this, and a colleague of mine mentioned that they have some hefty charges if you go over the limits of the package.

    Taking any SIM only Dolphin package as an example: it costs a whopping 24.5p per minute Orange-to-Orange/Landlines, but surprisingly only 19.6p per minute to other mobile networks; compared to 19.6p per minute for Orange-to-Orange on a standard monthly contract) – a difference of 5p, but percentage wise, that’s a 25% difference!

    In addition to this, although going on a SIM only package does not ‘break’ your length of service with Orange (in my case 7 years plus), you cannot have Magic Numbers and you also lose out on any ‘extras’ that you might have accrued from the ‘old’ contract. Out of my current ‘bundles’ displayed below, the only item of significance:

    • 3G USIM provisioned
    • Web 250textforlife promo
    • MAGICNUMBERSFREE&UNLIMITEDREG
    • OW Daily Capped Usage

    is the Web 250textforlife. My understanding was that it meant 250 texts for life whilst I was with Orange; Chris, the helpful Scottish man from the Orange SIM only department (I think) who I spoke to today said it was only for the ‘old’ contracts.

    An extra downside that he mentioned was that that you cannot upgrade within the first 3 months of a SIM only package; apparently – you ‘can’ sign a new contract but you can’t retain your number!  Terribly poo, but in the end, lured by the promise of the Dolphin 20 package recommended by Chris as suited by my usage, I decided to leap into the SIM only world.

    So going back to the title of this post, Dolphin 20 offers:

    • 600 minutes Anytime, Any network (and Landlines)
    • Unlimited texts

    all for £ 20 inclusive of VAT on a rolling one month contract; I should add that I actually phoned up to ask about the Racoon packages for the Unlimited Landline offer, but this was a much better option, as according to Orange, I send in excess of 200 texts per month on average, and Racoon only offers 100 texts per standard package (would have cost an extra  £ 14.70 per extra 100 texts)

    So the upside is that you get a LOT of minutes for your money and Unlimited texts without being tied down to a long term contract. The downside is that you lose the ‘privileges’ earned through a continuous monthly contract, including a lack of Magic Numbers and any extras. Plus, you can’t upgrade without changing numbers in the first 3 months either.

    Will the SIM only be suitable for you? I think it will do for me, but we shall see.

     
  • flick 10:39 pm on June 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: android, electricpig, g1, , , htc magic, mobilechoiceuk, , , talkandroid, ,   

    HTC Hero (Android) coming exclusively to Orange UK? 

    According to Mobile Choice UK, it seems that Orange UK will finally be getting their very own ‘Android’ phone by the end of the year at the latest; this is backed up by a news article in ElectricPig who quoted Mobile Today as the news source.

    The code name for the new phone is HTC Hero and apparently it might be launched by HTC in London on 24th June 2009… or so the rumour goes, one source being TalkAndroid.

    Before deciding on the HTC Touch Diamond 2, I was seriously considering the HTC Magic or G1 (each being exclusive to Vodafone and T-Mobile respectively) as both are Android phones. However, apparently the battery life of the HTC Magic is just not very good and the camera on the HTC Touch Diamond 2 is far superior.

    So the news that HTC Hero might be launched very soon makes me wonder if I should switch to Orange SIM only first?  Some of the preview videos (like the one below courtesy of PhoneDog) look quite delectable:

     
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