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Busy weekend

One of the advantages with being crippled and my girlfriend being away doing a bookkeeping training course is that I’ve had plenty of time today to geek out. This morning I finally installed Windows Mobile 6 on my HTC S620 (thanks to Jason’s blog for pointing it out!) and it rocks! I do like the new features it adds, I can see my mobile data usage going through the roof…

Filter search in email is immensely useful, as is fetching mail off the server (and I’m impressed how quickly it’ll do it). I usually check my inbox on my walk into work and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read an important email that I needed to act on once I was in work but left it marked ‘read’, carried on with the rest of my mail and forgotten about it by the time I got to the office. WM6 lets you set flags on your mail that show up in Outlook’s task list. Brilliant 🙂 AND! I can set my Out Of Office reply from my phone! Another thing I always forget to do (I should do something about my memory…) that I can do whenever I think of it 🙂

One of my favourite tweaks is being able to type a space in when searching my contacts for first and last name. Previously, I had no way of finding, for example, my brother ‘Andy Thompson without searching through all my ‘Andy’s or all my ‘Thompson’s. I know it sounds minor but it’s dead useful.

WM6 on my S620 does still have some issues… (I specify on my 620 as it might not be apparent on some other phones) In Windows Media Player (which syncs wonderfully with my desktop), I can search my library by typing in the name of a song I want. As long as it doesn’t have an A or Z in the name. For some reason it doesn’t recognize the keypresses! I imagine it’s because most phones only had 12-key pads when WMP was first designed for mobile, but there are so many WM devices that have full QWERTY that it must be fixed!

The S620 has also become much more vocal. It feels the need to beep at me all the time, any time I need to confirm things, dismiss dialogs, whatever. I’ve turned most of it off, but one thing remains and it’s a really piercing DOS-speaker style beep. When the wifi turns off, 25 seconds after you stop using the phone (as it should), it feels the need to tell you with said beep. There’s no option to disable this in the Sounds settings, in the wifi settings, no where. I’m going to have a poke around in the registry and see what I find…

But all in all, great upgrade 🙂

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  1. Ben 'Terra'
    September 3, 2007 at 11:30 am

    But did you play any Skate? I\’ve dreams about that game…

  2. Andy
    September 5, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    i\’m impressed you can now easily find my name 🙂 well done. no excuse for not keeping in touch then.what\’s all this i read about you being crippled? mum said something about you having a bad back? don\’t tell me you\’re using it as an excuse to stay at home and play?! :-)hope it\’s better soon…..x

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