Rooting the HTC Desire

November 15, 2012 · Posted in Tech · 1 Comment 
HTC Desire

HTC Desire

I recently went out-of-contract on my HTC Desire and, given that it was also out of warranty, I decided to try rooting it. This is not something I entered into lightly, as I depend on my phone for everyday usage but I decided that even if I bricked it, I could get a replacement phone within a few days.

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Android on the O2 Joggler

March 22, 2011 · Posted in Tech · Comments Off on Android on the O2 Joggler 

Joggler running Android

Joggler running Android

Last year I bought an O2 Joggler for the rather bargain price of £50 from my local O2 shop. A few weeks later I returned to see if I could buy another one, but they were out of stock and weren’t sure when they would get another one in. It later transpired that O2 have discontinued this line, which is a shame as it’s potentially an excellent product.

It’s a little x86 Atom-powered capacitive touchscreen computer that consumes around 8W, so is ideal for leaving on all the time, and it’s small so can be left on a shelf or worktop. The operating system is a Linux distro called OpenPeak and has been customised by O2 for the device.
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HTC Desire v iPhone

June 15, 2010 · Posted in Money, Tech · 2 Comments 
HTC Desire

HTC Desire

A couple of months ago I got a new phone; I chose the HTC Desire. As I’m known to be somewhat obsessed with phones and their features, people often ask me for advice about their next purchase. “Why that phone instead of the iPhone?” (or words to that effect). It still seems that the only smartphone most people want is the ‘Jesus phone’, but I’ve always found myself wondering why. In the early days competition wasn’t great – you were looking at a WinMo or Blackberry – but even then the iPhone was always style-over-substance. Remember when iPhones had a 2MP camera that could only manage stills not video? Around about that time I got an HTC Diamond (3.2MP) and was shooting video and copy-and-pasting text like an Apple fanboy could only dream about.
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