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Purchased: Samsung Omnia SCH-i910

by on Oct.04, 2009, under Technology

I just bought the Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 from Verizon Wireless.  I previously had–and really liked–the XV6900, but after spending a few hours working with Verizon Wireless technical support on Friday, trying to troubleshoot my being unable to authenticate after a hard reset, the only option they offered was replacement.  I’ve had the device for over a year was past the warranty, so I figured it was time for an upgrade.

I don’t know what the deal with this phone is, but it was only $50 (with 2-year activation of course) despite having the two big features of a 5 mega-pixel camera and 8 GB of internal storage.  I had to ask the clerk, “Why is this only $50?” and she attributed it being a promotion.  Maybe they’re just trying to clear some shelf space for something newer and better coming out, but (so far) I think this phone will keep me satisfied for awhile.  In addition to the two features mentioned, it has wi-fi, which the XV6900 didn’t, and the GPS works out of the box without any additional hacking–as was necessary for the xV6900.  I should mention Verizon enabling the GPS is a fairly recent event and require a fireware upgrade on my part–but that was it.

I can’t comment on battery life yet or anything like that, but I imagine with wi-fi and the larger screen it will probably be less than the XV6900.  And although most people find the sluggishness of Windows Mobile frustrating, particularly with touch screens, I’ve only had Windows Mobile devices so it doesn’t bother me.  The XV6900 also had a stylus which I didn’t need most of the time, but occasionally it did come in handy…the Omnia has a stylus, but it’s external which I think is a really stupid idea.

Samsung Omnia by Jakesa

Samsung Omnia by Jakesa

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XV6900 Upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.1 (plus GPS)

by on Jan.24, 2009, under Technology

I have the Verizon Wireless XV6900 (also called HTC Touch or HTC Vogue).  It’s a compact, full touch screen phone running Windows Mobile 6.  A couple of months ago I started hearing about Windows Mobile 6.1.  Newer Verizon phones were being released with it and Spirit (among others) were offering firmware updates for their verison of the same HTC phone.  What about me?

One of the reasons I chose to purchase the phone was because it has integrated GPS.  Shortly after getting the phone, I found out that Verizon disables it because they want people to use–and pay for–their VZ Navigator service.  I found a few forums were users were talking about how to bypass this with hacked firmware versions, however it seemed like a lot of the posts included things like “the GPS is working great! …but now I’m not getting TXT messages and the phone is freezing randomly!”  Updating the firmware of any device scares the crap out of me; if anything goes wrong, you can always end up bricking it.

Last week I finally found the official Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade.  I knew it was official because on the Verizon Wireless XV6900 support page there’s a Downloads section which has a link to PCD–who I guess is responsible for hosting the update.  I updated the firmware successfully.  Thanks to wiki.xda-developers.com, I learned about a fix for the GPS.  The post says it’s for the XV6800 (and it is) but this same update also works on the XV6900 flawlessly.

In the process I found out about a great and free little program for Windows Mobile called GPSToday from GeoTerrestrial.  Since enabling the GPS, I’ve tried a few “social networking”-esk location sharing programs/websites (Ipoki being the best looking one), but wasn’t really impressed with any of  them.  They look promising, just not yet.  I also was drawn into a lengthy thread concerning the XV6900 that’s actually from November 2008, when the “official” firmware was “leaked”.

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