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AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich experiment over

I ran with an AOSP ROM for the HTC Inspire for a couple of months and have returned to CyanogenMod 7.2.

My longer-term thoughts on the AOSP build:

Pro —

  • Very clean / vanilla.  No crap.
  • Configuration sliders started to grow on me
  • Automagic attempts to pair with BT devices, presumably using the 0000 and 1234 default codes.

Con —

  • Good battery life for the most part, but rarely it’d get into something and blow through the battery in a few hours.  I didn’t see anything obvious in Better Battery Stats.
  • I did miss a couple of CM features, like the integrated phone blacklist, additional configs (and those configuration options in sensible places)
  • ICS doesn’t work with all my default apps (or vice versa)

The beauty of third-party recoveries (like ClockworkMod) is you can bop back and forth between ROMs with little trouble.



CM7 bluetooth stack for Optimus One/p500/p509 is a battery drainer

I have been fighting massive battery drain in official CM7.2, as in “40% battery consumption while sitting on the bedstand overnight.”  Stock ROM minus the bloatware would use less than 10% overnight.

Then I remembered a problem I had with Mik’s unofficial CM7. Continue reading

A tightwad wrestles with a smartphone data plan

There are folks who believe a smartphone is useless without a data plan;  this is demonstratably untrue. Continue reading

my first mesh wifi phone call

The other day I was mentioning to a co-worker (who spends his off-hours at Occupy Dallas) that what smartphones need is a mesh app Continue reading