nokia-lumia-920I have had the HTC S710 a few years back. It had Windows Mobile 6.0 After that phone I got an HTC Diamond 2. It ran Windows Mobile 6.1 and later 6.5. I loved both phones because I work all day on my Windows notebook and had it connected with USB to charge and sync my calendar and contacts with Outlook. It was awesome! But after a while Android kicked in and became very popular in a short time. My favorite phone brand started to release more phones with android OS than with windows OS. So I moved to an HTC Desire with Android 2.x on it. I rooted it and got a custom rom on it to cope with the limited app memory. 

After a while I decided to make a native android app. It is Dutch and not that good, but it was worth the challenge and I learned a lot of it. After the HTC Desire got reboots because of the heating issue, I switched to a HTC Desire C. It was a cheaper phone, but had all the software that I wanted. It runs Android 4.x but the CPU (and RAM) seems limited and made the phone laggy. Even installing Zeam Launcher did not fix it. The HTC rom seems slow. All the eye candy.

Because my previous HTC Desire didn’t handle all the rom changes that well, I decided not to try moving roms again because of the heating issues that may occur. So what is next? A new Android phone like the Samsung Galaxy SII plus? Or perhaps a Windows Phone 8 with wireless charging? The Nokia Lumia 920 had a price drop and Nokia is known for great hardware quality. I have had Nokia’s before; the 5110, 3210, 5210 with swappable covers. The hardware and software never let me down and the battery was great! So why not try Windows Phone 8? I love windows 8 and am looking forward to 8.1. I work all day with Visual Studio 2012 and have 2013 preview installed. I know C# .Net and HTML5, so building apps is no problem. So what can be a problem? Apps (and small OS features)!

So Here is a list with my “can not live without apps”:




furthermore, I cannot live without proper A2DP support to stream my Spotify music to the radio in my car, but according to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2770012 Windows Phone 8 does support version 1.2 Can someone verify that it works well with a Sony X-Ploid radio?

So dear reader, what do you advice? A Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus or Nokia Lumia 920 or something else? Both the Samsung as the Nokia support 4G internet.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus with Android 4.x is now 260 euro and the Lumia 920 is 330 euro. The Lumia 520 is just 152 euro’s and is nice to use as test device for application development, because my notebook does not allow the Windows Phone emulator to run. My notebook has no Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) support and cannot run hyper-V. So I need a Windows Phone device to build apps for that platform. So what to do?


ps. Here is my phone history: Nokia 5110 –> Nokia 3210 –> Nokia 5210 –> Alcatel 511 –> Motorola T720 –> Sony Ericsson W800 –> HTC S710 –> LG Cookie –> HTC Touch Diamond 2 –> HTC Desire –> HTC Desire C –> Samsung Galaxy SII plus or Nokia Lumia 920??

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I have an HTC Desire and I have always liked it (and still do) but there is one (major) downside, it only has 70MB of internal storage for apps. Adobe Flash is over 10mb and so is Google maps, so there is still 50mb left. Whatsapp and Gmail are 15 together so that is still 35mb left. Skype, Facebook is another 15. So after a few basic apps, your internal memory is stuffed. Now I know that android 2.2 (which I officially have thanks to T-mobile) I can move some apps to the SD card. But that is limited for a few apps and you have to move the apps back to the internal memory when you want to update them. As an advanced user, you do want up-to-date apps! [more]

So I have browsed the web for answers and I found on the HTC forum the exact same answer as on an Android forum and that was: install Cyanogen mod. It has the best support for the HTC Desire. Some other mods cannot enable Bluetooth, some mods cannot enable the camera. Cyanogen mod is around for a while and can handle both.

I was a bit afraid to loose my warranty, because installing an other mod/rom requires you to have root access to your device. Also known as ‘unrooting’. But after the 10th time of having insufficient space for updating the basic apps, I decided to give it a go. I had these two apps running for a while: Calltrack and SMS backup which allow me to backup my sms/texts to gmail and my call log.

Here is my how-to in small steps:

- login at Gmail and verify that you have all your contacts, texts, call logs

- copy my pictures to my pc and my mp3 files

- use notepad++ to make a list of my currently installed apps (menu –> configuration –> apps

- EDIT: As Dan pointed out in the comments: Make sure you have HTC Sync on your system or get the drivers from the link he posted in the comments!

- shutdown the phone, start with power and back key pressed. my phone showed me that it is PVT3, so that’s good (PVT4 isn’t)

- go to unrevoked.com and downloaded the v3 version for windows (desire)

- installed the windows hboot usb driver: http://unrevoked.com/rootwiki/doku.php/public/windows_hboot_driver_install 

- run the unrevoked 3, and bam! superuser access. next stop: get the rom manager from the market. the free version is ok.


- open the rom manager and select Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.

- download the latest radio update from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=687464 the latest when I did it was put the downloaded zip in the root of the SD card

- select boot into recovery from the rom manager

- use the trackball to navigate, select install zip from sdcard

- select choose zip from sdcard, toggle signature verification if needed

- if it is installed, press the back button and select reboot now

- after the reboot, go to the rom manager and select download rom, select the cyanogen mod rom(not nightlies, but the free stable) and choose the latest version. I had the 7.0.3. after the selection do not forget to check the google apps. I did a manual download of the ClockworkMod and the Google apps and moved both zip files to the SD card.

- after the download is finished you press on it in the notification area. you check all checkboxes, so that it will backup your rom, wipe data and cache etc. after the reboot it will do all that and launch up in your fresh installed Cyanogenmod Smile


Enjoy your HTC Desire!

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