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  Reply # 400399 4-Nov-2010 22:33 Send private message

yay picked up a 845 today
the dse I went to sold out all stocks today, mine is the second to last, great.
the touch screen is not as sensitive comparing to my itouch
but after playing with it for 3 hrs, I am actually quite happy with 845
so it definitely worth it




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  Reply # 400408 4-Nov-2010 22:53 Send private message

Thanks heaps rez, you're a champ.

Unfortunately I'm still having problems, it's still not detecting the phone properly and I can't even mount the sdhc card in Windows (but the phone can read it fine). Part of the problem is that I deleted the data before I tried to change the firmware, apparently the ISO image that contains the drivers etc lives in /data, so that's why it got toasted.

Why I can't mount the sd card I'm not sure, I might have to try to either do a full firmware restore tomorrow or get an micro-SD adapter so that I can put it in my PC directly and copy across a new firmware.

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  Reply # 400669 5-Nov-2010 11:58 Send private message

To get to the stock recovery menu on the Vodafone 845, do the following: 


From power off state

Hold down 'Call' (left-most button) and 'Vol-Up'....and while holding them, press Power and release Power.

The phone will boot into a recovery menu allowing you to perform a factory reset.

You move the cursor up and down the menu by swiping the optical sensor..and press the optical sensor to select an option.
  




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  Reply # 400998 5-Nov-2010 22:48 Send private message

So I got the 845 for my wife. it is a great phone for the price, but the lack of notification LED, and poor screen (compared to much more expensive devices) mean that I wont be stealing it any time soon.
I tried two audible notification apps but they were not visible in the market for the 845 (there for my magic).

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  Reply # 401010 5-Nov-2010 23:27 Send private message

Oncop53: So I got the 845 for my wife. it is a great phone for the price, but the lack of notification LED, and poor screen (compared to much more expensive devices) mean that I wont be stealing it any time soon.
I tried two audible notification apps but they were not visible in the market for the 845 (there for my magic).


Do the apps work on the 845 if you sideload the apps you installed on the Magic?

(I use Appmonster Pro to backup non-protected *.apk files and then you can install them on anything. "Non-protected" usually means free, so no piracy involved.) 

 




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  Reply # 401029 6-Nov-2010 01:08 Send private message

Thanks,
The apps in I tried were Easy Reminder and Missed Reminder I'll try to contact the authors of these apps first, I suspect this will be an issue for many people, so it would be good to get something working in the market.

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  Reply # 401198 6-Nov-2010 17:29 Send private message

Well I got mine working in the end. What I did was get a micro-SD card reader and chuck it into my Linux box and formatted the SD card with a FAT32 partition for the data and an ext4 partition for the apps. I then copied the CT firmware mentioned previously and replaced the OS on the phone. Since then it's worked perfectly, and the driver CD appears in Windows again when there's no SD card installed. Overall I'm pretty happy, my fingers can be a bit fat for the on screen keyboard sometimes but it seems pretty quick and the screen is good enough for what I need it for. Excellent value for $175.

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  Reply # 401359 7-Nov-2010 12:36 Send private message

As a first time smartphone user I am in love with this phone, i flashed it with the celestial teapot rom and used the 691.2MHz overclock patch. All is well.
There's one thing that I can't seem to get to work, the phone doesn't seem to like trying to read barcodes or QR codes, did anyone have luck with this and could recommend me an app ?

edit: also Swype doesn't work on this, would also love a swype clone app recommandation for this phone. Using SwiftKeys at the moment. 
edit2:nvm turns out SlideIT works well as a Swype type keyboard. 

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  Reply # 401362 7-Nov-2010 12:49 Send private message

Well Ive had mine for a couple of days and Im sorry to say its going back.

Quite simply its the keyboard. Its been calibrated correctly with a toothpick rather than a finger and my wife has tried all three keyboard version but its just not right.

After having been on Sony's for as long as I can remember the move to a keyboard on a touch screen is a step too far for her. She has no trouble on my Nexus, but the difference in screens is night and day as far as Im concerned.

Still cracking value for what it offers for $200, just not for us in a practical sense.





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  Reply # 401391 7-Nov-2010 14:46 Send private message

A community project is started to do a Froyo port for this phone.  Not sure how active though but its still new: http://code.google.com/p/froyo-vodafone845/

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  Reply # 401400 7-Nov-2010 16:20 Send private message

meesham: Well I got mine working in the end. What I did was get a micro-SD card reader and chuck it into my Linux box and formatted the SD card with a FAT32 partition for the data and an ext4 partition for the apps. I then copied the CT firmware mentioned previously and replaced the OS on the phone. Since then it's worked perfectly, and the driver CD appears in Windows again when there's no SD card installed. Overall I'm pretty happy, my fingers can be a bit fat for the on screen keyboard sometimes but it seems pretty quick and the screen is good enough for what I need it for. Excellent value for $175.


The "T9" version of the keyboard seems to work pretty well. I now find it to be the best overall way to type 'generic' text input (not passwords and not other odd character strings).   




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  Reply # 401402 7-Nov-2010 16:22 Send private message

grudge: As a first time smartphone user I am in love with this phone, i flashed it with the celestial teapot rom and used the 691.2MHz overclock patch. All is well.
There's one thing that I can't seem to get to work, the phone doesn't seem to like trying to read barcodes or QR codes, did anyone have luck with this and could recommend me an app ?

edit: also Swype doesn't work on this, would also love a swype clone app recommandation for this phone. Using SwiftKeys at the moment. 
edit2:nvm turns out SlideIT works well as a Swype type keyboard. 


You want "barcode scanner". It's an app in the Market. Android usually needs it - or one like it - to read bar codes.  




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  Reply # 401404 7-Nov-2010 16:25 Send private message

martyyn: Well Ive had mine for a couple of days and Im sorry to say its going back.

Quite simply its the keyboard. Its been calibrated correctly with a toothpick rather than a finger and my wife has tried all three keyboard version but its just not right.

After having been on Sony's for as long as I can remember the move to a keyboard on a touch screen is a step too far for her. She has no trouble on my Nexus, but the difference in screens is night and day as far as Im concerned.

Still cracking value for what it offers for $200, just not for us in a practical sense.



Makes perfect sense. It's good enough if its good enough....and it isn't if it isn't.

Mine is good enough. ;-)  

My Galaxy S is a good 'backup' (heh...) but I'm very much enjoying the complete lack of lag in the 845. Samsung need to fix the lag in the Galaxy S.....it's the main reason I'll be moving on to a new high-end phone soon (if it isn't sorted). 





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  Reply # 401405 7-Nov-2010 16:26 Send private message

siimo2005: A community project is started to do a Froyo port for this phone.  Not sure how active though but its still new: http://code.google.com/p/froyo-vodafone845/


If Froyo can run on an HTC Magic, it can run on these even better.  




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  Reply # 401457 7-Nov-2010 20:30 Send private message

You want "barcode scanner". It's an app in the Market. Android usually needs it - or one like it - to read bar codes.  


Oh yeah I had the app, it seems that I've managed to get a few QR codes to read (not yours though), and I still haven't got it to read any barcodes. I think it might just be that the lens isn't that great I suppose. 

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