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  # 441305 18-Feb-2011 20:10
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I find it a bit strange that they (huawei) can put fm into the u8100 (vf845) worth $200 but can't put it in the device worth more than twice as much.

On top of that no wifi tether yet.

Are these issues going to be show stoppers for joe public?

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  # 441306 18-Feb-2011 20:14
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It may well have the hardware there for FM in which case someone is bound to find a hack to enable it.

I wouldn't miss it though, as the other poster said its a feature I've never used on old phones (much like video calling).

 
 
 
 




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  # 441310 18-Feb-2011 20:33
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nitrotech: I find it a bit strange that they (huawei) can put fm into the u8100 (vf845) worth $200 but can't put it in the device worth more than twice as much.



On top of that no wifi tether yet.



Are these issues going to be show stoppers for joe public?


  I don't use FM radio or wireless tethering.  So not a major problem for me.
  It looks like the wireless tethering is coming anyway when they do an upgrade in April/May.  I have a suspicion that this update may well be Android 2.3 or 2.4.  There is a bit of talk about many manufacturers skipping 2.3 on their phones because it isn;t much more than an incremental update.  2.4 is where the action is.

Ben.Geek.NZ has a review of the phone.

http://www.ben.geek.nz/2011/02/2degrees-huawei-ideos-x5-review/

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  # 441312 18-Feb-2011 20:39
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2.3 does have some nice ui tweaks so it'd be a pity to skip it and have to wait until 2.4



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  # 441327 18-Feb-2011 21:54
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Disinfo: 2.3 does have some nice ui tweaks so it'd be a pity to skip it and have to wait until 2.4


  They're not skipping it.  2.4 is replacing 2.3 but retaining the Gingerbread name.  The release date for 2.4 has been brought forward.

i.e.  new update for Android, called 2.4 (Gingerbread) will be released in April/May

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/android-2-4-to-replace-2-3-retain-gingerbread-flavour--926732
http://www.emoiz.com/android-2-4-to-replace-2-3-with-same-gingerbread-name

  This goes a long way to explaining why spy photos of the just announced SE Xperia Arc were seen in January with 2.4.  SE initially dismissed this as a "misconfiguration".  However, the Xperia Arc has been confirmed for a late Q1, early Q2 release, which ties in quite nicely with the accelerated released of 2.4 Gingerbread.
http://techie-buzz.com/mobile-news/sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-running-android-2-4-misonfiguration.html

 Remember that both Android 2.0 and 2.1 were both called Eclair


  Hopefully this means that the X5 will be getting 2.4 in April/May.  This makes sense as the phone has been released at he end of an Android development cycle, and without the new software Huawei would be trying to flog off phones with out the current release.


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  # 441328 18-Feb-2011 21:59
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For me it was a $550 lesson and a bargain for someone on Trade Me


Pick me... Tongue out

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  # 441349 18-Feb-2011 22:31
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Why bother with a FM radio?  They never work that well with using the headphones as the antenna and tend to be really directional.   Get  a 16gig sd, put it on shuffle, build a bridge and then get over it


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  # 441350 18-Feb-2011 22:31
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How long will it take DSE to get stock of these? My nokia 5800 went for a swim last weekend and ive been stuck on a 3 year old LG viewty since, good god its terrible!

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  # 441351 18-Feb-2011 22:34
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Niscoupe:
For me it was a $550 lesson and a bargain for someone on Trade Me


Pick me... Tongue out


Seriously? Because of the radio?  Radio Live addict or something?

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  # 441353 18-Feb-2011 22:36
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PottsyNZ:
Niscoupe:
For me it was a $550 lesson and a bargain for someone on Trade Me


Pick me... Tongue out


Seriously? Because of the radio?  Radio Live addict or something?


yep and funnily enough its not on trademe

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  # 441358 18-Feb-2011 22:49
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PottsyNZ:
Niscoupe:
For me it was a $550 lesson and a bargain for someone on Trade Me


Pick me... Tongue out


Seriously? Because of the radio?  Radio Live addict or something?


I use my radio a lot on my bike (2hr commute each way) .... so yes for me it is an issue.

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  # 441367 18-Feb-2011 23:13
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InspectorGadget:
Disinfo: 2.3 does have some nice ui tweaks so it'd be a pity to skip it and have to wait until 2.4


  They're not skipping it.  2.4 is replacing 2.3 but retaining the Gingerbread name.  The release date for 2.4 has been brought forward.

i.e.  new update for Android, called 2.4 (Gingerbread) will be released in April/May


What I meant was it's a shame to have to wait months for Gingerbread when they could do it now (given my much older phone has 2.3 by community effort alone I don't think its unreasonable for a company to provide it now)



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  # 441374 18-Feb-2011 23:59
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Disinfo:
InspectorGadget:
Disinfo: 2.3 does have some nice ui tweaks so it'd be a pity to skip it and have to wait until 2.4


  They're not skipping it.  2.4 is replacing 2.3 but retaining the Gingerbread name.  The release date for 2.4 has been brought forward.

i.e.  new update for Android, called 2.4 (Gingerbread) will be released in April/May


What I meant was it's a shame to have to wait months for Gingerbread when they could do it now (given my much older phone has 2.3 by community effort alone I don't think its unreasonable for a company to provide it now)


  There is a big difference between community effort,  and what the manufacturers must roll out and have to guarantee to be usable, safe to upgrade to (without bricking) and fulfil their obligations to the telcos with regards to branding, locking, custom UIs and stability on their networks.  In effect they have to develop and test 10s of variations on the same version of Android in many cases.  This takes time.

  With regards to 2.3 and 2.4, I think there will be a slew of updates and new phones coming through with this shortly.  Almost no phones have received a 2.3 upgrade, probably because everyone is working on 2.4s, which won't officially ship until April-ish

 

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  # 441442 19-Feb-2011 10:17
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PottsyNZ: Why bother with a FM radio?  They never work that well with using the headphones as the antenna and tend to be really directional.   Get  a 16gig sd, put it on shuffle, build a bridge and then get over it



Interestingly enough, some peeps don't have up-to-the-minute news bulletins and sports results in their music collections. Wink

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