HTC HD2 v O2 Xda Zest: screen size


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.


O2 Xda Orbit phone

I’ve been using my ‘repaired’ O2 Xda Orbit for a little under 24 hours now.

I’ve had to do a soft reset twice now. Both times after using Pocket e-Sword Bible software.


I think I would have been happier sticking with a Nokia. Or a paper cup and a length of string.

Double bah! Oh well, only 16 months left on my contract.

O2 Xda Orbit … nearly a review

O2 XDA Orbit - it's a PDA, a phone, a GPS, a Radio ... everything!

It was my intention this evening to write a review of my O2 Xda Orbit, the mobile/cell phone / PDA / GPS / radio device that I got about a month ago.

But instead I’m spending my evening performing a hard reset and reinstalling everything, for the second time this month. And I’m not even going to say how many times I’ve had to perform a soft reset. A day.

That, I guess, is a review in itself.

Opera Mini™ — the brower on my mobile phone

Opera mini

What is the name of the actor who played Arthur Fowler in the popular BBC soap opera Eastenders? Before you click the link the answer is Bill Treacher.

I was round at Eddie and Rebecca (and Owen’s) this evening with Jane — we had haggis, neeps and tatties, thanks for asking — and while watching Eastenders someone asked “What was the name of the actor who played Arthur Fowler?”

In the olden days (about a week ago — technology dates quickly in these parts) I would have paid a pound to send a text to Any Question Answered (63336), and then had to wait 15 minutes to receive the answer.

Not these days. Oh, no! Thanks to the ever resourceful James Frost (who has started blogging again, which is great news) I learned that Opera have a version for Java-enabled mobile telephones, called Opera Mini™ which allows me to access the full Web on my mobile phone.

It was so easy to download and install too. I simply pointed my phone’s WAP browser to, instructed it to download and then install the application (which is tiny, at around 100 KB) and within a couple of minutes I had a highly usable, and quite intuitive web browser on my phone.

With it I can read people’s blogs, I can check and send email via the ever excellent Gmail (if anyone wants a Gmail account, just ask), and I can search Google whenever I need to know things like: what is the name of the actor who played Arthur Fowler in the popular BBC soap opera Eastenders?

(For tips on how to use Gmail with Opera Mini™ see James’s blog.)

Anyone fancy porting Firefox to my Nokia, now?