Posts Tagged ‘phone’

The HTC One X – So close yet so far

April 6, 2012

Well, I’ve been patient enough to wait for the HTC One X to come out and thought I’d go have a look at it seeing as my contract with T-Mobile is now up (has it really been 2 years since I started this blog?!).

I went to my local T-Mobile store to check it out and jesus – it’s huge!

The offer I had from T-Mobile retentions was to stick at my current £10/month tarrif (100 minutes, unlimited texts/Internet) and pay £260 for the handset – not a bad deal at all really considering how much the phone is worth.

Anyway, I went and checked it out in the O2 shop (where they had a non-dummy version) and it was a lovely device but just incredibly big compared to what I’m used to. I’m not saying I wouldn’t get used to the lovely 4.7″ screen but it is quite a big jump up from the Desire S.

I was all ready to buy the handset from T-Mobile and do a HTC One X Vs HTC Desire S comparison review and video but they didn’t have the handset in white sadly. If they had, I would have been writing a very different post.

I know white phones are a bit ‘ooh look at me’ but I felt like I wanted a change from the usual black colour of my Desire S. So anyway, I didn’t go for it in the end. I think I’m going to hold out and see what Samsung have to offer with the Samsung Galaxy S3 handset which will hopefully be officially announced on the 22nd May.

Patience hurts sometimes.

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How to S-ON the HTC Desire S, Unroot, remove Revolutionary and Clockwork Mod recovery – a step-by-step tutorial [HD Video]

January 22, 2012

Hello ladies and gentlemen. Today I will be showing you how to get your HTC Desire S to be “S-ON”. You only need to follow this video if you want to revert your phone back from a S-OFF state.

Why would I possibly want to do this?

There are several reasons:

1) If you need to send your phone back to HTC for repair it’s probably a good idea to remove any software you’ve put on the phone — they may no like it

2) If you want to revert to how your phone was when you first purchased it this is the best way to do it (some people call it factory defaults)

3) You’re bored and have 18 minutes and 5 seconds to spare.

What you will need:

1 x HTC Desire S (with at least 50% battery)
1 x USB Sync cable
1 x half-cup of tea
1 x de-stressing device

Firstly, you will want to download an RUU file. RUU stands for “ROM Update Utility” and this file contains the original software/firmware for your phone.

Go to here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1002506 and then click the link to FileFactory which will bring up the list of ROM files. Find the one that matches your phone. If you are in the UK like me you’ll see “UK” in the file name. You also need to select the correct file depending on the phone operator/network you are on. I’m on T-Mobile so went for the “TMO” version.

Whilst that downloads, on XDA Developers again, search for “Revert back to stock (remove revolutionary)” http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1387484 and you can download a lovely package from “giby21” which contains Android Flasher and the HBOOT file you need.

Extract the files and then load Android Flasher. Please note you must have HTC Sync UNINSTALLED, USB Debugging mode enabled (in your phone’s settings) and you also need HTC’s Fastboot drivers installed for your phone to be picked up later. You can get the fastboot drivers from here: http://unrevoked.com/rootwiki/doku.php/public/revolutionary

Now select your device in Android Flasher and the select the Browse button under where it says “Bootloader”. Browse to where you extracted the “Revert to stock” .rar file and then the folder called “FlashENGHBOOT”. Select the .img file in there (named engHBOOToverARX.img) and press OK.

Now power off your Desire S and power back on whilst holding the Vol Down button. Click to select FASTBOOT and then plug it in via USB. Now back to the Android Flasher program and select “I’m already in fastboot” checkbox and press the “Flash!” button. You should now notice the REVOLUTIONARY title at the top has gone — great — it’s been removed.

Once flashed, reboot your phone and leave it plugged into the USB. Now you can right-click the RUU file you downloaded and “Run as Administrator”. This process will take about 10 minutes but after this you will be back with S-ON and to your original T-Mobile (or other operator) software.

Phew! Time for a drink!

The 12 Apps of Christmas – The Top 12 Christmas Android Apps/Games 2011

December 2, 2011

Evening fellow humans, I hope you’re enjoying the chocolate from your advent calendars?

Here’s my top 12 Android Christmas apps/games so let me know what you think and if you have any questions then you know where to leave them!

The top 12 are as follows:

1 Angry Birds Seasons
2 Bugs Circle Christmas
3 Penguin Launch
4 Noogra Nuts
5 Zombies Christmas
6 Santa’s Helper
7 iSanta
8 Christmas Presents
9 A Christmas Santa
10 Night of the Living Gingerbread Men
11 Xmas Pinball
12 Santa’s Village

How to S-Off and Root the HTC Desire S, Sensation, Wildfire, Evo, Flyer [HD] – A step-by-step tutorial

August 14, 2011

Hi folks! I’m back with my repaired HTC Desire S and I’ll be showing you how to get root access to the phone by making it “S-Off”.

A full description is in the video and written instructions are below.

Any question, please ask.

This should work on the following phones and devices:

HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire, HTC Aria, HTC Incredible S, HTC Droid Incredible 2, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Evo 4G, HTC View, HTV Flyer, HTC Sensation, HTC Evo 3D and the myTouch 4G

What you will need:

1 HTC Desire S (It does work on the Desire too)

1 USB cable

1 PC

1 lemon

What does S-Off mean?

If your phone is S-Off it means you have access and can write to the NAND memory of the phone. This allows you to do things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do – such as rooting your phone and installing custom ROMs (firmware).

Step 1:
Go to http://revolutionary.io and download the Windows package (or Linux if you are on a Linux box). Unzip it to somewhere you can easily find (such as your Desktop).

Step 2:
Uninstall HTC Sync if you have it installed on your computer. This is just so that it doesn’t interfere with the S-Off process. Go to your Control Panel and then find Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Uninstall a Program/Programs & Features (Windows Vista/7) and find HTC Sync in the list of installed programs on your computer. Click to remove/uninstall the application.

Step 3:
Turn off “Fast boot” on your HTC Desire S. This has to be disabled so you can boot into the recovery mode properly. Go to Settings on your phone and then Power. Now un-tick the Fast boot box to disable it.

Step 4:
Download and install the HTC Fastboot Drivers from the Revolutionary website: http://unrevoked.com/rootwiki/doku.php/public/revolutionary

Step 5:
Time to create your Beta Key. The beta key is required for the Revolutionary program and is generated using the serial number of your phone and the “HBOOT” version.

So, on the Revolutionary.io website, scroll down to the Beta Key generator and fill in all the details: your PC operating system, your phone model your HBOOT version and your phone’s serial number.

You can get your Desire’s HBOOT version by booting it into recovery mode. Simply power down the phone completely and then power it back up whilst holding the “Vol Down” button. You’ll see the HBOOT version listed at the top of the screen.

To get your Desire’s serial number simply go to Settings → About phone → Phone identity.

Make sure you get the serial number and NOT the IMEI number like I did initially!

Once you’ve filled in all those details you can now generate the key. I’d recommend pasting your beta key into Notepad (or something similar) so you can easily tell what letters are in CAPS etc – just so you don’t type it wrong.

Step 6:
Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. Settings → Applications → Development – tick the USB debugging box.

Step 7:
Plug your Desire into the computer and wait for any drivers to install. Now run revolutionary.exe and it shuold pop up and detect your phone (showing its serial number on-screen). This is where you type your Beta Key. Type it in and hit Enter.

Step 8:
Your phone will reboot into Fastboot mode and whilst you wait this is where you can use your lemon. I prefer to squeeze mine over a pancake or something but you can also throw your against a wall or something. It just helps to pass the time.

Step 9:
When prompted, press “y” to install the ClockworkMod Recovery tool on your phone and then press Enter.

Step 10:
That’s it! Your phone should now be S-Off! If you now want to root your phone – and let’s face it – why wold you be watching this video otherwise – then follow the next steps.

Get yourself back to revolutinory.io and on that same documentation page you downloaded the HTC Fastboot drivers find the link to download the “su” (this means Super User) zip file. [UPDATE 28/03/2012 – the link appears to be dead now so try this instead: http://goo-inside.me/superuser/Superuser-3.0.7-efgh-signed.zip

Step 11:
Once the su zip file has downloaded, copy it to the root of your SD card on your phone.

Step 12:
Turn off your Desire and then power it up into recovery mode by holding the “vol down” button. Select RECOVERY from the list byt moving the volume key down and press the power button once to select it. This will load up the Revolutionary program.

Step 13:
Go down to where it says “Install zip from sdcard” and select it. Now select “choose zip from sdcard” (again pressing the power button once to select an item). Now scroll down to the su zip file you copied across earlier and press the power button once. Scroll down to the “Yes install….” and press power once more. This will root your phone.

Step 14:
Once the su zip is installed reboot your phone and try a root-needing app such as Titanium Backup. If it loads up and asks for Superuser access then the rooting process has worked successfully!

Step 15:
If you liked this video then please give it a thumbs-up and subscribe and then you can clean up that lemon you threw at the wall earlier.

Day 3 without my HTC Desire S and with my Nokia N95

August 10, 2011

It's old, it's chunky but it's damn good

Well, it’s been 3 days since I sent off my HTC Desire S for repair and going back to my N95 hasn’t caused as many problems as I feared it might.

Firstly – wow: what a fantastic little phone. I remember it was good but had forgotten just how good it was.

The thing I’ve missed since getting a Desire is definitely the physical buttons for texting. I send a lot of texts and can  type very quickly with physical buttons andb T9 turned on. I can still type fast on a touch screen but nowhere near as quick as on a keypad. The other benefit of having a keypad is you can type whilst not looking at the phone. I’m not trying to show off honest! This is something I could and still can do with the phone. Because you can tell which button is where you can easily type whilst walking along and not looking at the screen. Granted you may have a few predictive errors but you learn to know which words need correcting after a while.

Secondly, the two speakers on this handset are awesome. I hate saying awesome but there is not other word to describe them. Compared to the Desire’s and Desire S’ single small speaker they win hands down.

The next thing to talk about is apps. Have I missed any apps? Yes, of course I have. Nokia phones and their current Ovi Store just don’t compare to the Android Market at all. That being said however I was surprised to find nearly all I needed was freely available. From Tweets60 for Twitter to Spotify and the BBC iPlayer I found everything I’d need to keep me by for the next few days.

I think, in all honesty, the thing that would stop me from using this phone permanently are as follows:

No wireless syncing – Data such as contacts and bookmarks can’t be synced over the air. I managed to find a great app called GoogaSync which I have on a 14 day trial (long enough for the time I’ll be using it) which syncs with my Google calendar. It brings back memories of the days with Nokia PC Suite and the likes. This was never ideal. Having my Desire sync constantly over the air so all my data is backed up and current really is something I would hate living without.

Speed – the speed of the phone does show its age in comparison to newer handsets. Boot-up time is extremely quick and takes around 15 seconds compare to around 60 for the Desire. It does obviously have a lot less to load. The web browser is incredibly slow and basically unusable on any site that isn’t tailored for a mobile handset.

Apps – although we can all live without apps it’s not as fun is it? The Ovi Store will close soon and then the older Nokia phones will have to rely on websites to get their new (or old?) games and apps. This is a shame because you can already tell developers have pretty much stopped developing for it. Spotify although works very well is not as up to date as the Android version (scrobbling is not supported). The cost of some of the applications are extortionate as well.

At the end of the day there is obviously no way I’d give up my Desire S. Everything is just less clunky and more “up to date”. I’ll probably still keep my N95 just for old times sake (and to put my Orange SIM in for Orange Wednesdays) but I am looking forward to my repaired Desire S being back with me soon.

What should I use as my temporary phone?

August 7, 2011

Well my poor little HTC Desire S will be shipped off tomorrow by UPS to HTC repairs. This is to have the USB socket/mainboard repaired as I mentioned in my previous post.

It can take up to 7 working days for the repair to be done so that’s more than a week I’ll be without my phone 😦

I have a couple of phones I can use in this time of mourning – firstly I still have my Nokia N95. This  was a great little phone in its time but now, with the demise of Nokia, Ovi and S60, it might be a bit old-hat.

I also have a new Nokia 6303 Classic phone. This runs a custom S40 6th Edition.

Do I want to just forget about having a decent phone and use the Classic or should I attempt to be able to tweet and update my Google+ on my ancient N95?

Beauty and the Beast - or just Beast?

Beauty and the Beast - or just Beast?

HTC Desire vs HTC Desire S – Benchmarks, browser speed test and more [HD]

June 9, 2011

Hi folks, I’m back with another video today comparing my lovely HTC Desire with my shiny new Desire S. This is to complement the little write-up I did a month or so ago. Let me know what you think!

Next video coming up later in the week is the Plants vs Zombies Android review and walk-through!

3 (Three) UK announce the HTC Desire S for April

March 6, 2011

3 Three LogoJoining the O2 bandwagon, Three have now also announced that the HTC Desire S will be heading to their network in April. Although no date is set you can subscribe to receive a notification when the phone starts to ship.

No pricing plans yet but I’ll be sure to post some up when they come out. Being an ex-3 customer they often have some very very good deals…

 

 

 

 

HTC Desire Vs HTC Desire S – Specs, Size and Software

March 2, 2011

Here it is, the official DesireFanatics showdown between the mighty HTC Desire and the new boy in town: the HTC Desire S.

Having owned the HTC Desire since it’s launch on the T-Mobile network last February, I must say I’m still happy with my phone. There have been a couple of additions to the Desire range but they didn’t quite have the same impact as the original Desire (possibly the Desire HD being the most talked about out of the two – the other being the Desire Z of course).

So let’s see what HTC have tweaked and improved with a year’s worth of feedback and reflection. The reason I say ‘tweak’ and ‘improve’ is because the Desire in its own right was pretty much perfect in both design and features.

[update 09/06/11) I have just made a video to compliment this story which you can see below. I still recommend reading the rest of the article once you’ve watched the video though ;)]

So let’s get down to business.

Size

For those of you who say size doesn’t matter – it does – at least when phones are involved. Bigger is certainly not better but too small and it’s unusable, the size of the handset is very important.

HTC Desire S Size Comparison

As you can see, the HTC Desire S is slightly smaller than it’s older brother. The only thing you would notice really however is the fact it is thinner than the Desire.

CPU and Memory

HTC Desire:1GHz with 512MB internal memory
HTC Desire S: 1GHz with 1.1GB internal memorye th

The Desire S still ‘only’ has a 1GHz like the Desire. This is disappointing. As we start to see new Android handsets shipping with dual-core CPUs I was hoping for something more from HTC.

The internal  memory has been more than doubled in the revised Desire. This is good news for speed and app space improvements however it isn’t a huge amount. It would have been nice to see maybe 4GB of internal storage – just for future proofing but this would have put up the production costs I suppose. As more and more apps support moving to SD storage it should become less of a problem but I still can’t help feeling a little underwhelmed.

Platform

HTC Desire: Android 2.2 Froyo
HTC Desire S: Android 2.3 Gignerbread

The Desire started its life with Eclair 2.1 but was then updated to Froyo 2.2. This brought with it speed and functionality improvements. We can expect the same improvements from Gingerbread.

Battery

HTC Desire: 1400mAh
HTC Desire S: 1450mAh

What?! Did HTC not see the problems users had with battery life in their Desires? Increasing the battery size by 50mAh is not really going to help. Let’s hope that Gingerbread brings even more improvements to the battery life so the Desire S with it’s increased bells and whistles can last at least a day.

Camera

HTC Desire: 5MP camera with single LED flash
HTC Desire S: 5MP cameria with single LED flash + front facing VGA camera

This is the big physical change on the desire – the inclusion of a front-facing camera. In no way is this new or amazing technology to have on a phone but it is nice to have as an option. I must admit, none of the phones I have had with a front-facing camera have had any use out of it but that might just be me. In a increasingly “FaceTime” (I hate that word) world, people start to expect these kinds of things. Skype will soon support video calls (if it doesn’t already) so it’ll be useful for many users. Still only a 5MP camera on the Desire S I would have thought HTC may have opted for 8MP at least.

Design

The second physical change in the handset is the new unibody design of the Desire S. This makes it a lot stronger and lighter (by 5 grams) than the Desire. HTC have also removed the physical buttons from the Desire S. This is something I was unsure about until today when I had the pleasure of using an HTC Wildfire. The touch-screen buttons worked well and the feedback received when pressing a button was sufficient enough for my liking. There is an interesting omission of the optical trackball. I often use this to move the text cursor around when correcting spelling errors so let’s hope Gingerbread introduces an easy and precise method of navigating through text.

Final thoughts

If I didn’t have a Desire I would get the Desire S in a heartbeat. Sadly I do have a Desire and I also have 12 months left on my contract. I admire HTC for improving the near-perfect Desire but it’s not enough to make me want to spend £400 on a new toy. I’m quite happy to spend another 12 months with my Desire however, I haven’t gotten bored of it yet like I have done with other phones. I think in the ever evolving world of apps and software updates it keeps consumers occupied for longer and thus the product’s lifespan also increases.

If you don’t have a Desire then go for the Desire S. If you do, I’d hold out until the Desire HD 2 comes out and we’ll see what that’s like 😉

HTC Desire S Officially Announced at MWC 2011

February 15, 2011

HTC Desire SWe all knew the follow-up to the HTC Desire would be announced at the Mobile World Congress 2011 but now it’s official!

The HTC Desire S will be running Android Gingerbread operating system and will have the 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor (as found in the HTC Desire HD). There will be 1.1GB of internal storage and 768MB of RAM – both an increase since the Desire (512MB internal and 512MB of RAM) so maybe we won’t see too many “Low space” messages anymore 😉

The phone is only a few mm smaller than its predecessor but will be made from a single unibody piece of aluminium. Wireless 802.11n networking will work out-the-box and, possibly the most interesting thing to me, maps will be stored locally on the device. This means no waiting and no data usage/cost.

Front facing camera will allow video calling via Skype etc and 720p video recording will be a standard.

Check out the HTC Desire S website to find out more details.


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