Before I bought into the whole Apple ecosystem, I used to love the HTC phones.. Throughout the years I pretty much owned all of them. Along with their accessories. One of my favourite of all the accessories was the HTC Desktop Cradle CRG300, I loved the sleek design and shiny surfaces.. Even if they did attract finger prints and dust.
I’ve had the cradle now for properly 7 years, just could bring myself to throw it away.
Today I decided it was time to either repurpose of get rid – in the end, I have settled with repurposing!
Using some household tools (a hand full of screwdrivers) and some Sugru, I have managed to ’embed’ a lighting cable from Amazon into the HTC Desktop Cradle CRG300 housing. I have to admit, currently there is more that needs to be done on this project – as there’s nothing taking the weight of the phone. (Until more Sugru arrives – as I ran out!) However, if you would like to give it a go, there are some basic instructions below:
I have recently acquired a HTC Dream phone, which as you may know runs the ‘Android’ operating system. Which currently has no built in ActiveSync support. which is where RoadSync comes in.
RoadSync is supports 6 six different operating systems on more the 100+ devices. It connects direct to your companies exchange server, so doesn’t need any other applications running on either your server or PC.
Global Address List Look-up
Subfolders & Attachments
Auto-Discovery of Settings
RoadSync is available to download direct from the Android market place, and comes as a 15 day free trial. DataVis currently have an introductory offer price of $9.99 on the full version (normally $19.99). So it’s worth grabbing your copy as soon as possible!
I have only been using the application for a day now, but as I am away from the office all next week it will be a good test on its usability.
If you know of any alternatives, leave a comment to this post.
After six months, I have finally decided it’s time to get rid of the Orange ‘OEM’ ROM. Although I have now had any major issues with it, I’m looking forward to moving to a faster tweaked ROM.
Of course my first port of call was XDA Developers, as countless ROM Chef’s hang out around the boards. Several forum threads later I have finally decided to go with Duttys 5.2.207126.96.36.199 I have used Dutty’s ROM’s on every windows mobile phone I have owned to date. So I know it’s a safe bet.
As with all ROM flashes, the first thing I downloaded was HARDSPL, again from XDA Developers you can download HardSPL_OliNex138_Signed.zip with a valid XDA Developers account.
Whilst that downloaded I started the download of the ROM, unfortunately it’s hosted on RapidShare.. Which is always painfully slow. No doubt it gets faster if you subscribe! But why would I want to do that???
Anywho, back to the flash…. I installed HardSPL with no problems at all (as expected) so on with the flash I went.. After downloading the ROM from RapidShare I was greeted by a password prompt so back to the post I went and found it: “V4 3.02 Produced by Dutty”. The file then extracted, no questions asked and I launched the CustomRUU file.. Off it went to do it’s thing, however the phone had other ideas…. The flash stayed at 0% and made no attempt to move, after a quick hunt around the forums I found the HardSPL version required.
So let’s try again. It’s finally kicked in and the ROM is installing…
Next on the menu is a new radio version I decided to go with Radio v1.00.25.05 after reading quite a few good reviews from other Orange customers.
Now thanks to Dutty in his Chef’s hat, my phone is running shed loads quicker and is also sporting lots of toys:
ARCsoft MMS_188.8.131.52 BT BPP_1_6_8_0 BT SAP_3_1_0r BT Ftp_1_2_33309_91 HTC Album 2_5_1820_1831 HTC Audio Booster_2_0_1814_3227 HTC AudioManager_1_6_1820.3027 HTC Camera_6_00_32837_00 HTC ConnectionSetup_1_5_35362_1 HTC Endkey_1_1_34582_1 [Mapped to End key] HTC ET9MYWORDS HTC EnlargeStartMenu_1_2_35075_100 HTC Ezinput_1_5_32437 HTC FM Radio_1_6_1819_1820 HTC G-Sensor Calibration_1_1819_2126 HTC Labrynth Teeter_1_4_1819_2028 HTC LargeTitleBar Settings HTC MP3 Trimmer_1_1_1816_2327 HTC Manilla_2.1.Dutty.1_1745.40 HTC Quick GPS_1_0_1820_2228 HTC Random Access_4_1_1820_1320 HTC RSS Hub_2_1_1077 HTC Sim Manager_6.57 HTC SMSInboxThreading HTC StreamingMedia_3_1820_2621 HTC Task_Manager_2_1_35096_00 HTC VoiceRecorder_1_10_1815_1728 HTC Volume Control_1817_4025 HTC YouTube Application_1_0_1819_2130 JBlendJava_V3.3.5, XXXXXX[Available by cab] Microsoft NetCf 3.5 RTM Microsoft Office 2007 Microsoft Sqlcemobile 3.5 Microsoft voice Command Microsoft Windows Live 10.6.46.800 Opera Mobile Browser Build 15316 Remote Destop Transcriber
ADD ONS INCLUDED Toms Soft Reset File Explorer Extension [Thanks to tnyynt] GP-Soft Tweak PHM Regedit + Task Manager _V3.01 Pim Backup Screen capture
Now all I have to do is retrieve all of my SPB Software Serials and install all my software again!
I will test and ‘benchmark’ the ROM over the next few days and then post a review.
Thanks for reading..
Please note: flashing ROM’s on your mobile is dangerous and an incorrect flash could rendor your device useless, I suggest you only do this is you are confident you know what you are doing!