Posts Tagged ‘htc desire’

Free Space

What are we looking at here? This is the free space of the various mount points of the phone. System is the OS (Android 4.0.4 in this case) and SD should be fairly self-explanatory.

The 147MB data segment is the space for storing apps. It’s supposed to be 512MB, but HTC did something funky… and a lot of the default apps take up space here, so there is really not a lot of space for third party apps. The first thing you do when installing a new ROM on the Desire is to create a new Ext partition, and start linking parts of your data mount to it.

As with all things Android, there’s a choice of what to move off to your partition: Apps, Data and Dalvik Cache. Moving Apps to Ext is essential, but at the same time, doesn’t help much. After four or five apps, I’m still out of space on my Apps partition.


I decide to move Data but it doesn’t help much. This screenshot shows the result after moving data – and data still has 128MB used of 147MB. Surprise surprise – Dalvik Cache is also stored in “Data”.

Post Data Move

Unfortunately, moving Dalvik Cache pretty much hoses your performance. It contains pre-compiled byte code and loading that off SD card takes a long time. Apps start taking between 10 seconds and a minute to start-up.

I’m caught between a rock and a hard place. Truly awful performance, but plenty of space for apps. Or moderately poor performance and no space for apps.


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Honed Android Set-up

My android set-up has been tweaked and honed over more than three years. It is really a bit more than the original HTC Desire is capable of coping with.

Home Screen

The focus of my home screen is communication. Two email apps – Yahoo and Gmail, Viber (messenging), Facebook Messenger and LinkedIn. My phone calls, SMS and a shared calendar are a fifth, sixth and seventh way of communicating respectively.

Screen 3

Primary Widgets

Screen 2

This is primarily for enabling and disabling WiFi and 3G to conserve the battery. It’s one swipe to the left and then one button press. It’s not quite as convenient in Windows Phone, even using Quick Settings.


Screen 4

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That’s the Android Smartphone of course, nothing to do with my personal life.

So, I got a HTC Desire a couple of weeks ago, thinking it would help me out in my role as a content creator blogger.

Writing notes is difficult

Typing on the 3.7" touch screen is difficult. When composing text messages or emails, the excellent auto-correction removes a lot of the pain, but obviously it doesn’t recognise a lot of tech jargon.

The default keyboard has no arrow keys, and key chording is practically impossible. This is probably worse for me as an emacs power user.

No access to wordpress admin

I have not been able to login to the wordpress admin screens using the standard android browser. Admittedly I haven’t put much effort into fixing this problem.

Short Battery Life

This gives yet another resource to conserve on top of the data download limit and free plan minutes. I miss the days that I could go 6 days between phone charges.

Phone Calls

It might be my imagination, but I’m having a lot of problems with basic phone functionality – dropped calls, one party being unable to hear the other and that type of thing.

Everything goes invisible in sunlight

and we’re talking about UK sunlight here. When the sun is shining, any task that requires the screen becomes impossible.

I think I would have been better off with a cheap 7" netbook and a dongle for accessing the internet. At least I would have been able to run Perl, Apache, Emacs and use a real, if minature keyboard.

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