- March 9, 2009 at 1:01 am #2218
After toying around this phone for the last few days, I found this is not as bad as I originally expected it to be. To make a long story short (when comparing to my 838Pro):
* Very lightweight – 103g – almost cannot feel it was in my trouser pocket. At times I have make sure it did not fell out by itself
* Very thin – 3 times thinner than the 838pro or the TyTN II – much less bulky inside my tight jeans
* Very impressive battery life – about 4 hours 40 minutes playing movies. I converted Lord of the Rings Extended Edition and The Chronicles of Riddick to 320×200 WMV and 128/44100 bitrate audio and let it play by itself.
* Loud when talking on the phone. Especially good talking on the subway or in noisy restaurants
* Love the options when you stick in the MiniUSB cable, you can choose ActiveSync, Disk Drive, or Internet Connection. ***
* Very stable Bluetooth streaming. Sound from my wireless stereo headphone does not stutter anymore. My 838Pro did.
* Good for people who has sever near-sightedness. You can enlarge fonts!
* TouchFlo 2D is awesome! Alot better and faster than the TouchFlo 3D on the Touch Diamond, which was one of the reason why I didn’t choose it.
* Buggy applications – “PapagoX3” crashes all the time when you’re on a 2G plan
* System bugs. After a system resets the “Cleartype” setting is automatically turned off
* Geotagging Footprint requires a GPRS/HSPA data connection for it to fully work. It downloads the coordinates using GPS than connect to Google Map to find out the location name. No data connection, no Google Map. However, at least it shows “Hong Kong” instead of
* Ringtone speaker is not loud enough. The same ringtone used on the 838Pro was much louder
* Vibration is mediocre. Well, so was my 838Pro.
* Camera is blurry – probably because no auto-focus
* Video capture is MP4 and it is not compatible with the MP4 used on the Playstation Portable. Or vice versa.
* Lacking a camera on the top of the phone for 3G video conferencing. No big deal…I don’t do vidconf anyways
* USB 2.0 Disk Drive is not as fast as a regular USB 2.0 thumbdrive, despite both MicroSD are of the same speed
* How does one disable TouchFlo?
* Weather program on the TouchFlo requires manual Update. It does not update automatically when Activesync-ing
*** I was told by PCCW that the $98 WiFi plan does not work on laptop computers. I wonder if we can trick PCCW and access Internet when a laptop is connected to this phone…?March 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm #2219
Damn, this phone’s 2G/3G reception is really bad, worst than the 838Pro.
I live in the HK suburbs, slightly away from Tseung Kwan O city center, and the signal I get on the Cruise 2 is at the borderline between
and <1 block>. The 838Pro I had can receive at least 1 block and the N95 gets at all times. At home, I have to make sure I forward the number to a land line. Only when I walk to the town center that I get full signal.
More bad news, the Internet Connection Sharing function does not work on WiFi – only 3G and WAP. Anyone knows of a way or program that allows the phone to share WiFi and use on a laptop?March 11, 2009 at 5:38 am #2220
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