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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mpmilestogo, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. mpmilestogo

    mpmilestogo Newbie
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    I have a HTC Hero with MoDaCo 3.0 on it. The milestone is pretty cool even if rather expensive. I don't have a droid to compare it against. Have noted a few things here in the US with it:

    1. Running without a SIM is difficult when you first power it up. Setting up for US English is almost impossible and getting past or ignoring the setup screens is far more difficult than with my Hero.
    2. After putting my ATT SIM card in it, it works and I am able to create my accounts on it for google and exchange email. The calendar app is not very useful since it does not show the combined google and exchange calendars like the Sense UI. I like having everything in one place. Setting up for a exchange 2007 environment with a self-signed certificate was not terribly challenging.
    3. If I pull the SIM card, all the paid apps go away from the market and I can only see the free ones. I don't remember that with the Hero.
    4. Root will be a major thing for me since I need to use the market enabler to fool the market when traveling in Singaore and India.
    5. Wifi seems rather strange at times and will associate with a WPA2 Personal hotspot I have but then drop every so often.
    6. Getting used to the slider and a real keyboard takes some work after hunting and pecking my way through the virtual keyboard on my Hero.
    7. It does not appear that there is bult-in facebook integration like on the Hero. I need to investigate this further.

    Perhaps a few of the issues get solved with the upcoming January 2010 release. As far as usability goes at this point, The HTC Hero with the Sense UI wins in a few areas like integration of applications like the calendar; but the milestone wins at setting up exchange 2007. I always had to deal with the SSL certificate not in the root store errors on my Hero. The milestone has a setting to always accept the ssl certificate! Yay! The overall interface on the milestone is very attractive and things are close at hand that make using the phone easier. On my Hero, it took a bit of work to make things comfortable and usable.

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  2. themixwizard

    themixwizard Lurker

    I got my Milestone earlier this week. I saw that you put in an AT&T sim card. Out of curiosity, what type of phone did you use your sim card in previously for at&t. Reason I ask is that I had the iphone. When I popped my sim card into the Milestone, the phone portion worked, but I couldn't access the data network...so no web browsing, email etc. until I found an APN setting. Wondering if your's was pop in and go or if you had to tweak the settings.
  3. mpmilestogo

    mpmilestogo Newbie
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    I had purchased the SIM Card for use with my unlocked HTC Hero phone so it was in there for a bit. It has a data plan associated with it already that I purchased as part of the simcard purchase. The APN was not included for ATT so I had to find the APN settings and then create a new APN file. Not quite pop-in. More like pop-in, futz around, and create a new APN.

    The phone works now on the ATT edge data network because the radio is not right for ATT I am gathering.

    I'm hoping a root exploit comes along so I can run backup for root users and the market enabler before I take off for Hanoi and Singapore later this month. If not, I'll just use the hero phone I have I guess.
  4. alaskajh

    alaskajh Lurker

    I saw that you two both talked about how you had to make your own APN to access the edge on the Milestone. I called ATT tech people and spent the day trying to figure what to do and they had no clue. I'm not really that good of a tech guy to understand how to set it up. It would be great if you guys could explain to me what u guys did to get it to work. Thanks and Happy New Years.
  5. themixwizard

    themixwizard Lurker

    Not sure how it really works, but I guess when you buy a cellphone with a sim card from AT&T's network, the data network (used for email, web browsing, etc.) is pre configured either on the device or card itself. In this case, it was with the 3G network. Milestone doesn't support 3G, only edge. I had to configure my milestone to talk to edge so I can browse the web, email, etc.

    I used the info from this link.

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