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Review of official 2.1 ROM

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  1. walkinhotdog

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    So with the help of Zane Lee on XDA Dev site, I was able to get the official 2.1 on my Singapore hero without losing the ability to root later on, I went from build 2.73.707.9 stock 1.5

    Pros: Seems stable, battery life and speed is about the same as 1.5 stock, graphics are better, more settings, new icons, has a in call touch button for speaker, new market, if you have the default htc clock/weather widget if you unlock your phone and your on that screen then it will do a quick full screen weather animation (really cool)

    Cons: In the dialer it shows both sim and google contacts without a way to only show one (anyone know a fix?), no AK notepad by default, calculator sucks in portrait mode (can only get advanced buttons in landscape unlike in 1.5), camera is still garbage with new interface, you still cannot edit your saved dictionary words (turns out its just mine, singapore version), weather app does not let you add new locations so if it doesnt know your city then you cant save it

    By the way, flashing the new radio does make a diff in getting better reception and maybe (not as noticeable as reception) better wifi signal as well

    I have to say although its very useable, i am quite disappointed with the long waited update, in my personal opinion the cons outweigh the pros since the pros are mostly based on visual improvements


    Here is my review of VillainRom12, everything is compared to the above official 2.1:

    Pros: Im using it without overclock and it is noticeably smoother and more responsive, battery life is just as good as official 2.1, everything works (alarm, camera, apps2sd etc) except for sms vibrate notification, faster boot time, has user dictionary

    Cons: No sms vibrate notification (tried wiping and restoring) but not a big deal, read that some ppl also have this problem while others dont

    All and all very similar to official 2.1 but optimized and better, will definitely choose it over official stock 2.1

    May do a review of kimera 2.1 next or any other sense 2.1 by request
     

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    Of course the biggest advantage is that it opens up more apps in the store. That alone is a reason to update.
     
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    Menu / Settings / Language & Keyboard / Touch Input / User Dictionary

    :D
     
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    Well that sucks. Mine doesnt have that... Probably jus my version of official 2.1 Thanks tho. Ill probably flash a custom rom pretty soon anyway
     
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    Mine is an official 2.1 rom as downloaded OTA
     
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    I also have the official 2.1 firmware and I confirm the editing of customized dictionary is very well possible.
     
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    Thanks Xyro, that is a really nice keyboard. Although it does take up like 5mb of memory, but whatever its worth it
     
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    By the way, flashing the new radio does make a diff in getting better reception and maybe (not as noticeable as reception) better wifi signal as well

    What is meant by this? How do I flash in the new radio?
     
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    Are you sticking with the official updates?

    If you're using proper official ROMs you don't need to worry about that, radios get installed along with 2.1.

    When using custom ROMs, or official ROMs installed via the custom ROM method, radios are separate to the ROM.
     
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    Added review of villainrom12
     
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