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Vodafone HTC Touch Diamond

image Vodafone are now showing the HTC Touch Diamond as coming soon on their business website.

Feature rich Windows Mobile 6.1 device utilising HTC’s new Touchflow UI. This device is in a tablet form factor meaning it is touch screen only. The Diamond surpasses the iPhone in all aspects (vodafones word not ours), the key differentiator is the inherent flexibility of the Diamond. It comes loaded with Vodafone Email Plus and the Vodafone Sat Nav program. Launch expected in July.

via Vodafone

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HTC Touch Diamond tweaks

I’ve had a lot of emails over the past few weeks from readers asking questions about the HTC Touch Diamond and how to improve the performance of the Touch-Flo 3D interface.

Initially I would say that the review device I had a few weeks ago was pre-release build and certainly didn’t have the final retail version of the ROM so those of you that saw some of my early videos and commented that the interface seems slow might want to wait and see what the retail version is like. I cant deny that my review device was rather unresponsive at times and it was hard to tell if this was down to the ROM or to a touch screen sensitivity issue but again, as some of you noticed from our videos, it took two or three attempts to get a response from the Diamond.

So my friend Piero, who managed to get his hands on a retail Diamond from Hong Kong, mentioned to me that he’d managed to tweak his device using a few registry edits and has ended up with a much more responsive UI.

Piero gave me the following information from XDA-Developers which should help improve things. At the moment I am Diamond-less but if you manage to perform these changes then please let me know how you get on!

1. Boost TFL3D Performance –> Using Advanced Config, change File system cache to 8mb and file system filter cache to 131072

2. Boost TFL3D Performance –> HKLM\System\Storagemanager\Fatfs and change key Cachesize from 16384 to 32768

3. Wake Up on New SMS –> HKLM\Drivers\BuiltIn\RIL : DisableSMSWakeUpEvent <-- set to "1" by default. Change value to "0"

4. Switch Mute Call on phone flipped face down: HKLM\Software\HTC\PHONE : FaceDownMuteRing: change value to “0”

5. Change CallWaiting Tone –> HKLM\Software\HTC\PHONE : by default set to \windows\waitingtone.wav by default. change to anything else

6. Boost TFL3D Scrolling Speed –> – HKLM\SYSTEM\GDI\GLYPHCACHE\limit = 16384 or 32768 (DWORD decimal)
– To change it back to the default: – HKLM\SYSTEM\GDI\GLYPHCACHE\limit = 8192 (DWORD decimal)

7. In case of emergency, to do a Hard Reset, with the phone ON, hold down the Volume Down and Enter (round navigation) keys and press soft reset while they are pressed

8. Prevent screen switching off during phone call –> HKEY_Local_Machine\Drivers\BuiltIn\RIL\EnableFastD ormantDisplayDuringCall to 0 (Note: does not work on all ROMs)

9. Downlod original CONTENT folder (Wallpaper, VIDEO, MUSIC) here…orage.rar.html

10. Set HTC Album X button to close not minimize: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\HTC\HTCAlbum : ok_minimize change value to 0

11. Disable Enlarged Title bar (when you click on a notification) to the default WM behavior: HKLM->Software->HTC->EnlargeTitleBar – and change “Enable” from 1 to 0.

12. Turn off startup aninmation and sound: HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\HTC\HTCAnimation\ -> rename both “StartupGif” and “StartupWav” to other names

13. Enable GPS photo: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HTC\Camera\P10 -> change the value “enabled” from 0 to 1

15. Another supposed TFL3D tweak for better performance: HKLM\Software\OEM\TFLOSettings:
SpeedHigh: default value (25) <-- Change to (5) / SpeedLow : default value (70) <-- Change to (14) save and soft reset

16. Adjust screen sensitivity: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Drivers\TouchPanel
Value = PressureThreshold
Change from the default dword:00000027 or 34 to dword:000000f0 or 240 in decimal

Credit for the tweaks goes to the guys over at XDA-Developers where you’ll find a much more detailed thread for the above.

Review by: Matt

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10 Things the new iPhone must have (Look back)

image I posted an article at the end of May with a list of 10 must have features the iPhone 3G must have for it to be a worthwhile upgrade. I thought it would be interesting to look back at the article and see what we have been given by Apple and what’s been missed and see if it’s a worthwhile upgrade.

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