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Replying to:  VZW TP2 WM 6.5 seems to be out by SHIVA   Jan 10, 2010, 2:17 AM

Re: VZW TP2 WM 6.5 seems to be out

by jsholmes    Feb 12, 2010, 12:39 PM

After researching a bit online, I decided to upgrade my TP2 to 6.5. Flashed it twice. No issues and I like the GUI tweaks they've done.

My biggest concern with the upgrade was regarding comments about battery life. Well, I'm experiencing the same issue when I have bluetooth turned on. With light usage, my battery is dead after about 5 hours. When I turn bluetooth off, I'm getting 24+ hours with light usage, which was better than my experience with 6.1. I set weather, stocks, and RSS to update manually. The network speed is good, so it only takes a few seconds to update manually (RSS longer). I set my work Exchange email to sync every 15 minutes and Hotmail every 30 minutes.

The overall speed seems to be faster too, however this may be due to a flashed phone with very little data on it (texts, mms, etc).

The 6.5 GUI is pretty good and I've spent a few days using it vs HTC Sense. I'm sure with hacks/tweaks you can control the MSFT screens, however I haven't spent the time. On the Start Menu, why they only allow you to organize icons by using "move to top" is idiotic. You can't delete the icons you don't want either. This was one key reason why I use the HTC Sense - better control of what I need to see and cleaner interface.

Not sure what to do about bluetooth. I'm not going back, so I guess I will have to keep my charger close by until they come up with a fix that improves battery life...still very happy with the phone.

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