HTC HD2 v O2 Xda Zest: screen size

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Last week I upgraded from an O2 Xda Zest running Windows Mobile 6.1 to an HTC HD2 running Windows Mobile 6.5.

As you can see from the screenshot above, comparing screen size, I installed Spb Mobile Shell 3.5 which I prefer to the HTC Sense today screen, partly because of my familiarity with it but mostly because Spb Mobile Shell offers far greater customization than HTC Sense today does.

This weekend will be a good test of the HD2 as I take it with me to Luxembourg. As I write this (in Windows Live Writer 2011, by the way) I’m copying The Lord of the Rings trilogy to my phone in WMV format to watch on the journey.

I’ll write up a full review next week after I get back in Blighty.

By the way, I used MacX DVD Ripper Pro for Windows to convert it to Windows Mobile-friendly WMV format—rather than Spb Mobile DVD which is what I had been using until this week—but that’s also the topic for another blog post, methinks.

Fixing the audio problem with Spb Mobile DVD on Windows 7

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I’ve been preparing for my trip to Luxembourg next weekend and given that I’m going to be spending many hours on a train I’ve been converting a couple of DVDs into a format that I can play on my phone running Windows Mobile 6.x.

I’ve been using the rather excellent Spb Mobile DVD, however I ran into a slight problem: since upgrading my PC from Windows XP to Windows 7 the DVD I can no longer hear
any audio on the DVDs (either previewing in Spb Mobile DVD or on the ripped
movies) but the video is superb quality.

I contacted Spb’s technical support who replied the same day saying that I should install the AC3Filter audio codec and try again.

Sure enough after the installation of the AC3 Filter codec Spb Mobile DVD is working once again: superb video and audio too.

I thought someone else might find this information useful.

Converting DVD to Windows Mobile 6

A big fan of Spb Software House, today I decided to check out their Spb Mobile DVD application.

I have to confess that I’ve never really seen the point of converting DVDs to watch on small, pocket devices such as a Windows Mobile PDA/phone.

Until I tried it, of course! Wow! It’s so cool. I can now get entire movies crammed into 200 MB, stuffed in my pocket!

The application is simplicity itself to use:

  1. Insert DVD of choice
  2. Run Spb Mobile DVD to begin the wizard
  3. Select which movie chapter to watch
  4. Select your settings (format, screen size, screen ratio, etc.)
  5. Watch it convert (on my Core 2 Quad Q6600 it took only 18 mins for an 86 mins feature film)
  6. Copy the resulting .avi or .wmv file to your mobile device

I’m using the freeware TCPMP media player for watching the created .avi DivX video.

I think I’m going to have to try some other stuff that I’ve been sceptical about up until now.

Like drugs, the Conservative Party, doilies.