I couldn’t be happier with my new AT&T Tilt. It’s an upgrade to my old Cingular 8125, and it’s:
- More user-friendly
More on “user-friendly” in a moment. But first, I want to share my experience flashing a custom or “cooked” ROM, which I learned about via the xda-developers forum. The ROM I chose was “Dutty’s TouchFlo ROM Final 2 [Fixed]” — these things rev faster than just about anything I’ve ever experienced — and it’s a mind-blower. First of all, it has the HTC TouchFlo-style interface with finger gestures, including the Cube interface. This is somewhat similar to the iPhone and is spectacular. Second, it’s fast. Third, it looks very, very cool. Fourth, it’s even more usable than the default WM6 interface, which I was used to with my old phone.
Here’s a screenshot of my new phone home page:
The installation was surprisingly easy. There were basically only three steps:
- Flash HardSPL to the phone. This is (in the words of pof):
Same features as SSPL, but flashed on the phone and with bootloader version 1.04 (hex edited to be shown as 1.10.Oli), that is:
- Ability to bypass signature in NBH files (friendly for cooked roms)
- Ability to access radio bootloader (no more corrupted CID bricks)
- Shows itself as SuperCID when doing a rom upgrade (but it internally isn’t)
- Can be uninstalled by just reflashing a shipped SPL, so no warranty is lost
…which of course I don’t understand. It’s basically a way to ensure safe loading of cooked ROMs. It also allows you to get back to the “stock” AT&T ROM should you ever need to return the phone.
- Install the cooked ROM. This comes from a 51 MB .zip file you can get from the forum link I mentioned above.
- Install a quick 21 KB update to fix some keyboard mapping issues. This is specific to the AT&T Tilt, from what I gather.
A couple phone hard resets (which happen automatically), and presto! you’re in business.
Let me get back to the “user-friendly” part I mentioned above. The Tilt has more buttons than the 8125, and they are grouped at the bottom, not spread out on top and bottom. It also has a scroll wheel on the left side, similar to the Blackberry, and is very usable. It has not one, but two OK buttons — one on the front and one on the left — which is great and helps usability without the stylus. I can’t say much yet about the actual tilting feature for which this thing was named, but at worst it’s a wash.
Next posts will deal with my experiences setting up tethering for the occasional time I might need to connect where there is no WiFi available; setting up GPS; playing with the music & video features; and hopefully much more.
Oh joyous day!