Is the 2.1 update really worth doing


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  1. tlzeebub

    tlzeebub Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi guys i've been reading with interest the threads on here about the 2.1 update and my hero is on 1.5 I'm always wanting the latest of anything so I'm thinking about doing the update but it seems to me that there are a lot of faults with 2.1 which is scaring me a bit and I dont want to brick my phone, if I do the update and it's no good is it possible to go back to 1.5 or not? also I dont mind losing all my settings but I really cant lose all my texts, what would you guys recommend to use to back up and re-install my texts? TIA Chris. Sorry forgot to add that I'm on Orange if that matters.
     

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  2. tojjer

    tojjer Well-Known Member

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    I'm on Orange too. I've been reading the comments after people have installed the official 2.1 update from Orange. Glad I didn't go down that route. I rooted and installed loads of different ROMs which are 2.1.
    They're all decent ROMs but I'm currently using RCMix, absolutely lovely little ROM. I also used Villain12 before this and found that a good one too.

    I'm sure you've read the rooting thread and thought the same as I did........HOLY CRAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It's nowhere near as bad as it reads, and I've never looked back since rooting, I dread to think how many ROMs I've installed and taken off again since then.

    Think about giving it a go. It's a shame you don't know anyone else with a Hero that has a rooted ROM to compare, no contest.

    Toj


    I think I'm right in saying that if you install the Orange update, that you won't be able to root after that.
    ( Sure I've read that somewhere )
     
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  3. redmelons

    redmelons Active Member

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    I have a standard Orange Hero and updated to 2.1. It went smoothly and I haven't noticed any problems.

    The advantage for me is that I can now use Google Navigation and Bluetooth file transfer.
     
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    groggy Well-Known Member

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    i have wondered this too.
    i have no major problems now and im on 1.5 but i dont know the difference in the update and what it can do for me.
     
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    tlzeebub Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well it seems I neednt of worried I've upgraded to 2.1 and it all went smoothly no glitches at all, well happy with it.
     
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    The new improved Market and the ability to use the latest versions of apps are the "killer features" of 2.1 for me. Apps make or break a smartphone, and with 2.1 the Hero once again has a huge choice.
     
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    Slug Check six! Moderator

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    Thanks for that, but this topic is specifically about the benefits of the 2.1 update not custom ROMs and/or rooting. We've got the All Things Root sub-forum for discussion of those.
     
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    ticho Well-Known Member

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    I do not believe anyone mentioned the increased speed and responsiveness of 2.1, compared to 1.5.
     
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    nedamdam Well-Known Member

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    Cuz its not there :) not for everyone at least. The only speed increase I saw at 2.1 is in starting apps. Many apps run slower as they did in 1.5 so does the sense. What I saw on friends heroes , same issues as mine. (Threads are about it too :) )

    I would say worth doing is it though just cuz of the new apps mentioned above :) .

    With some tweaking you get it running nicely. The one 1.5 was more user friendly (less options :D) and didnt require this much of tweaking. Again at least for me was this the case, not sure about orange rom.
     
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  10. banksie

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    Well my experience of 2.1 hasn't been good! Update came through and went ok but since then the phone has ran slower and Google Maps keeps running continually even after its been shut down with Task killer. I also get the "anonymous" text continually. When the phone has lost signal its takes ages for it to re-connect to the network again even though its showing 4/5 bars of signal. What was once a great phone is now no-longer!!

    Spoke to Orange Customer Services this morning and explained the problems and they reackon that they did a diagnostic on the phone while I was on the line. The outcome of which was that the "phone is faulty and its a problem with the software" -"we'll send you a new phone tomorrow".

    Did'nt enquire as to the software mod state of phone they're sending but will see when it arrives.
     
  11. nedamdam

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    Was the same on 1.5 sometimes running in 2 services/processes

    From what I found out, maps run:
    after startup
    when app is replaced
    widgets updating

    And some other apps call it I think too.

    yes sense is a pain :( . but since 2.1 you can install Launcher pro! and it will get faster (not apps though)

    Still update and complain :D We wanna a fix :D OR give us froyo!!! :D
     
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    the main reason for me upgrading was the goole nav (which im pleasantly surprised by) and the bluetooth file transfers. Also, apparantely its helps optimize the running of the hardware. It was meant to have 3d images galleries and live wall papers but thanks to some helpfuls folks on here ive found out that these features arent included on the HTC Hero update. Other than that so far so good....
     
  13. banksie

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    New phone arrived this morning, software on the "new phone" is 1.5. As soon as I switched on the phone it said there was an update available which was the same one I got to upgrade to 2.1. I've decided not to bother the phone definately seems better running 1.5.
     
  14. randomeclipse

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    I did an OTA update last night and have a couple of issues myself, these being:

    1) I receive Anonymous texts, which are very annoying;

    2) Connectivity issues, as in I can't access any webpages or update any applications using the mobile network (3G/HSDPA).
     
  15. HappyHipster

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    Yes.
     
  16. tlzeebub

    tlzeebub Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well I've lived with 2.1 for nearly 2 weeks now and I've just about had enough of it, my phone reception is a joke, battery life is laughable and every text I try to send gets converted to a MMS, how do I go back to 1.5?
     
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    hmmm
    i was going to actually try to upgrade today but i keep reading bad things
    i just dont know what to do!
     
  18. nedamdam

    nedamdam Well-Known Member

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    For SMS you have some apps like the handcent.

    bad? I had 85 hours on it... there is nothing wrong with the battery life on it. There are some guides about this (basic uncheck always on, dont have the sync every 30 mins, and choose for exampel GSM auto prl or how its called)

    Go go htc or your shop and ask for a new one or repairs!

    Well you have to consider that the 1.5 aint without its bugs too. And it has not the functionality of the 2.1 . You can set up the 2.1 quite nicely. If you dont like sense , even better :) .

    Btw seriously if you have problems like this tlzeebub, ask for a replace?
     
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    groggy Well-Known Member

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    my main problem is someone would have to talk me through it step by step :0(
     
  20. nedamdam

    nedamdam Well-Known Member

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    With the updating ? Or with the configuring later? Cuz there are guides to the second thing. And you might be one of the lucky ones that say its faster nicer and better from the start :D

    Or what you mean with step by step? :)
     
  21. groggy

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    just someone on msn or similar to talk through it
     
  22. nedamdam

    nedamdam Well-Known Member

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    We could do it here :) but currently at work so cant help you :( Maybe later at night. But if you want, you could first upgrade and see if that works for you :) . Are you stock unbranded or some orange, t-mobile?
     
  23. groggy

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    would pm be better?
    instead of clogging thread up?
     
  24. nedamdam

    nedamdam Well-Known Member

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    Well if there isnt a thread about this. I mean with the upgrading process and the settings (which I kinda believe there is :) more of them). Just make your own . Maybe it will help someone and the mods are nice here, they might not kill it for double posting :D
     
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  25. thisnameistaken

    thisnameistaken Well-Known Member

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    Used the sat nav for the first time today, it's actually really good, automatically re-calculates routes quickly if you take an unexpected route too.

    2.1 update was worth it just for this.
     

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