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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, orange, , 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 ( 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 11:50 pm on July 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: demo unit, engadget, , , jonathan mulholland, mobile industry review, orange, , phandroid, robzor, ,   

    HTC Hero unofficial release date July 7th 2009? 

    I had hoped that Orange UK might have removed the ‘Coming Soon’ tag from their HTC Hero in the Orange UK Shop by now, but so far… no such luck.

    However, according to a recent comment by Robzor on the Engadget comment section for the most recent HTC Hero entry, it seems that the phone will – unofficially – be released on July 7th 2009?

    Just spoke to a guy at Orange, “unofficial release date is July 7th” according to him, and he advised going to a retail store sometime in the next 5-7 days as they will get them first.

    I’m tempted to visit an Orange Shop tomorrow just to see if this is true. In the meantime, visit the link above for more user comments or have a look at a similar comment thread on Android Phone Fans debating the pros and cons of Orange UK and T-Mobile‘s contracts for the HTC Hero.

    p/s: It seems Mobile Industry Review’s Jonathan Mulholland got his hands on an Orange UK exclusive ‘graphite’ HTC Hero demo unit for a very brief moment!

  • flick 9:49 pm on June 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , graphite, , orange, , , 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 9:08 pm on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , gsm helpdesk, , , mobile-review, , orange, , , unwired view   

    HTC Hero due out with Orange in July? 

    Still nothing in Orange UK‘s mobile shop window about the HTC Hero, but if the BBC are mentioning it – specifically Rory Cellan-Jones on the dot.life blog – then I’m guessing it is true that HTC Hero will be with Orange UK soon.

    And to back this up, Unwired View has not only provided us with the first live pictures of HTC Hero courtesy of  Mobile Review (Russian) and GSM Helpdesk (Dutch), it has also said that Orange UK will be the first provider of the phone, which will potentially be due out in early July!

    Here’s one of the photos of the Hero from GSM Helpdesk to whet your appetite:

    p/s: In case you’re interested, Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent, compared the Nokia N97 with the iPhone 3gs in what he called “Battle of the smartphones” earlier this month, where it turns out neither are really that perfect. Hopefully he’ll compare more smartphones (such as the Palm Pre and HTC Hero) in future articles, as I am really starting to wonder if I should opt for a smartphone instead of the HTC Touch Diamond 2?

    p/s: The HTC Touch Pro 2 has finally made it’s way to Orange UK via the Business Shop!

  • flick 1:13 pm on June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: contract, diamond2, , mobile, orange,   

    Hello visitors! 

    As an Orange UK customer for over 7 years, I have now reached the last month of my latest 18-month Orange UK pay monthly contract,  and having searched Google for new deals, it seemed like a good idea to write a Twitter-like blog about my experiences with getting a new phone and contract on my ideal terms with Orange.

    Hopefully it will be useful for other existing Orange UK customers! Comments are always appreciated. If you’d like to share your personal experience by writing a guest post, please contact me as well 🙂 I am sure I am not the only Orange UK customer who relies on the opinions and experiences of other customers to make decisions about new phones and contracts.

    p/s: I have my heart set on the HTC Diamond 2.

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