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I have a few topics I’d like to cover in this post. First off…

SetCPU

I’ve recently been experimenting with my SetCPU settings, and I think I’ve found the optimal settings for my phone. My profiles are as follows:

  • Default – 787 max, 19 min
  • Screen Off – 480 max, 19 min, 90 priority
  • Temp > 40.4 C – 528 max, 19 min, 80 priority

And that’s it. I experimented with 806 max, but my phone was unstable (random crashes)  at this setting. It has been stable at 787 max. I can go 2 days w/o a charge with light usage, 1 day or so with moderate usage. The failsafe profile is important. I have triggered it a few times while using the phone for 5 – 10 minutes or more while it is charging.

I have heard of issues with setting a min of 19 while using Sense as your home/launcher. I personally have not tried this configuration, so I have not had any issues with it.

Titanium Backup

I discovered the hard way that you should not blindly back up/restore all user apps and system data. This wreaks havoc when switching between ROMs. I now backup my user apps only. Titanium Backup displays useful system data in green, which is safe to back and restore across ROMs, but I haven’t found a need to backup any of this information. This alleviates the need for apps2sd.

Froyo

I recently switched from xtrSENSE to KaosFroyo v. 32. I read that the first stable release of CyanogenMod 6 (the base for most Froyo ROMs) had been released into the wild, and I figured it might be stable enough for daily use at this point. Things have been going pretty smoothly so far. Most of the system apps (dialer, messaging, email, contacts, browser, etc…) have seen a significant interface overhaul – mostly for the better. The only issue I’ve had with these apps is the dialer. It no longer displays the call log immediately when opening, nor has the quick search for finding contacts, etc… There are instead 4 “tabs” available once the app is opened, and the first thing you see is simply a dial pad. The other tabs are Call Log, Contacts, and Favorites. It’s a little less convenient than it was previously, but workable once you get used to it. The favorites tab (populated automatically) is also nice.

The only other real issue I have seen is with the xScope browser. Typing into the address bar with the phone tilted horizontally causes the Froyo notification bar to display and then hide a few times for each key stroke, causing things to jump around on the screen wildly. Typing works fine if the phone is held vertically.

By now version 34 of this ROM is out. This developer appears to be incredibly active lately.

Update: I’ve discovered that the “interface overhaul” I discuss above is not due to my upgrade from 2.1 to 2.2; rather, it is a difference between the HTC applications included with xtrROM and the Google applications included with KaosFroyo. While the Google applications are generally nicer to look at, the HTC applications are generally much more usable (and function more sanely). This is most evident in the email application and the dialer. Since my upgrade to 2.2, I have been unable to find an email application that meets my needs. You would figure this is one of the most basic and prominent uses for a smart phone, but yet the only usable email application I have come across is from HTC. At present, I am trying to get exchange support in K9 Mail into some sort of usable shape, but as my free time and my experience with java are limited, this is coming along slowly.

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Written by Kris Wong

September 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm