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# 37944 21-Jul-2009 20:44
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I read NZTeachFreak write in another thread: "My Xperia has been excellent, and WinMo has been fine also despite all the bad press it gets (I say that with the caveat that you do need to invest in the learning curve and perform a number of tweaks etc, which is the real weakness of the OS IMO)."

which lead me to wonder, what tweaks do people make? As I'm currently using an Okta/HTC Touch all the time at the moment




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  # 237663 21-Jul-2009 20:56
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I recently changed over to a Touch too, asked a similar question and discovered ifonz2, icontact, thumbcal, and S2U2. Gives a iphone type experience o nthe skin until you then open up boring old winmo applications lol.

Mind you I find occasionally S2U2 seems to hang leaving me with a blank screen until i receive an incoming call or plug in external power (defeats S2U2), other than that it gives the Touch a bit more of a normal touchscreen phone functionality

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  # 237666 21-Jul-2009 21:07
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Do whatever you want to do man.

  

 
 
 
 


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  # 237714 21-Jul-2009 23:27
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Personally I don't use S2U2 - waste of battery/ram/cpu IMHO.

I usually tweak the Services, Devices, Startups and Notifications of the phone - tweaking as in disabling unnecessary stuff (for instance I don't use Bluetooth so I disable the necessary services and hardware). There are actually plenty of stuff you can disable, even from a cooked ROM so do check Google / xda-developers.com on what's safe to remove.

The *must have* tweaking software are:

- Startup Manager
- Advanced Configuration Tool
- Dotfred Task Manager
- PHM Registry Editor
- SKTools

Of course, there are the usual registry tweaks, like changing the filesystem cache etc, but if you use Advanced Configuration Tool and SKTools, you probably won't have to resort to manual registry editing.

Then there are application-specific tweaks, like for Opera Mobile. (Eg, I change the disk cache size, and enable caching for HTTPS, also I copy over my password file from the desktop Opera, and install FanboyNZ's adblock filter (urlfilter.ini))

A step up than average would be to tweak your hardware buttons. You can use a program like AE Button Plus to do crazy stuff like remap your keys, launch an app or perform some actions (like change brightness) when you single/double/triple/long press any button. With the amount of flexibility of launching options AEBP gives you, it's a *MUST HAVE* program for any WinMo power user.

For the more advanced users, there's MortScript. With it, you can write scripts (or macros) for doing virtually anything. For instance, I've used MortScript and AEBP to have a single button press open the page I'm currently viewing in one browser, in some other browser. Another script switches between WiFi and 3G, so I can use WiFi for surfing while at home and switch to 3G while on the road.
Then there's PointUI Home2. This is the ultimate shell any coder/power-user can have, as you can write your own Java-like applets and have them display on your today screen - or you could download some of the 100s of freely available applets from the website.

The ultimate destination in the tweaking scene is of course to build your own custom ROM. You don't need to start off from scratch, just get a good custom ROM and kitchen and you can start off by removing unnessary apps (like Microsoft OneNote or Word etc). Well one advantage of removing Word etc is that if you don't use them regularly, you can get cabs and install them to the storage card, thus freeing up precious Storage Memory. Then you can do other things like change the heap size (larger heap = more multitasking, but lesser RAM available for an app), change default browser settings, preinstall your frequently used apps, change the themes/settings etc.

Is there a higher level than that? Yeah. Install Linux! (Yes, it can be done.)

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Some other useful programs I recommend are
- QuickMenu (if you want a start menu like in Windows)
- PIM Backup (Easily the best PIM backup/restore program)
- Skyfire (The best browser for viewing Flash sites - like youtube)
- Opera Mini (Hands down the *fastest* web browser on the mobile platform)
- JZ Smart Mort (handle multiple-browsers easily + shortcuts for Opera Mini + tweaks)

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  # 237752 22-Jul-2009 08:13
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I have the S2U2 on my X610 which has stopped me hanging up on people with my ear and google maps, as I learn more about how to use it I will put more useful stuff onto it.

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  # 237775 22-Jul-2009 09:36
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TomTom Navigator 7 is another good app

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  # 237786 22-Jul-2009 10:14
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Wade: TomTom Navigator 7 is another good app


is there are trial version of this available?

I am not keen on spending hundreds of dollars on a programme I mightn't like.

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  # 243668 6-Aug-2009 20:31
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You will love Tom Tom Navigator 7, but you can not buy it for the Glofiish. There are ways of obtaining it and I have seen it running on an X610. It must be the best car navigation program around, and financial difficulties are forcing them to make Navigator available for sale and not limited only to partners. I think the UK version of their site has it for sale for certain phones.

Anyway, there are ways of obtaining TTN7 for your phone and it works great, but it is illegal. I did consider doing that as I would use it like once in 3 months, but it is better to stay legal - one less thing to worry about.

It takes a bit of tweaking getting it to work, but even comes with NZ maps. It works so well that I've been contemplating contacting Tom Tom and asking if I can send them money so I can legally use the hack.

Just to make it clear, I do not use any hacked software on my device, everything is legal and paid for by me.

The hack I'm looking for is how do you change the name displayed for your cell phone network? All I can find searching the internet is on changing WiFi network ID etc. but nothing on changing cell phone network ID.




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