Success: I have Windows Mobile 6.1 update on my AT&T Tilt

Earlier this week I twittered that I was going to embark on a perilous effort to (gasp) install Windows Mobile 6.1 on to my AT&T Tilt, given that HTC finally released the update on their site(  I was about right that it would take an evening — about two hours in fact.

I walked through the set up process fairly quickly as the installer is pretty straight forward.  After downloading the file from HTC’s web site and installing on my PC, I ran the update package and was presented with a series of screens to verify that I in fact was aware that I was updating the ROM.  I ended up updating from ROM image 1.57.502.2 to 3.57.502.2 as noted here…


… and then began the update procedure…

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… but then whoops!


What happened? 

The cable seemed to be fine but the device lost connection during the update.  Luckily, running the installer again from the beginning corrected the problem and my device was updated in less than the estimated 10 minutes.


That was the easy part.

Device clearing storage: that took the better part of an hour.

And then reestablishing the partnership with my PC, logging on to the network, installing my contacts and updating mail and my standard applications?  That took another 45 minutes or so. 

All in all, I was done in around two hours and the interface is now updated, the phone’s battery life seems to last much longer, I now have the much envied HTC Home Screen that my wife enjoys on her HTC Touch, and I’m able to send and receive phone calls (always good with a phone).  I haven’t put the phone fully through its paces, with the Video Share Calling and Remote Desktop Monitor, but I’ll get there soon enough. 

For now, I’m quite happy with my new phone, and highly recommend it.

Tags: Windows Mobile, Microsoft, HTC

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AT&T HTC Tilt Windows Mobile 6.1 update now available

Getting ready to go to my 5PM mtg and I saw that the Windows Mobile 6.1 update for the HTC (AT&T) Tilt is now available on HTC’s site. 

With that, my evening is now booked.

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Gizmodo: AIM for Windows Mobile now available

Gizmodo reports today that AIM for Windows Mobile is now available as an RTM…

“It’s been in beta for the last few months, but for Windows Mobile users who’d rather not risk their phone to be a lab rat in a suit, AIM for Windows Mobile is now in final release form. If you are on your mobile now, just go to this link and hit “products” to make the download. If you are on a Windows Mobile device and you don’t want AIM, then we are truly, truly sorry for wasting your time. Feel free to drop by Brian Lam’s place for a personal apology via back rub any time. No, it won’t be strange at all. [AOL via MobileBurn]”

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It’s an illusion: I’ve just found more time to blog via Windows Mobile

One of my friends form Exchange (thanks, Gil) made the comment to me this evening at a post Tech Ready…

“You sure are posting a lot on your blog…”

Ahhh, it’s only because I’m a little more ‘efficient’ with my time having found a new app to blog directly from my Windows Mobile phone (AT&T Tilt).  For the most part, I don’t post during the work day (save between the occasional meeting, during lunch or whilst waiting for a shuttle): most posts are written after dinner or after the kids go to bed.

I’m hopeful that we will see a mobile blogging app, akin to what I have on the desktop with Windows Live Writer.  For now, I certainly recommend Pocket Diarist as a good app for posts via Windows Mobile 6.

I’ve heard that some folks think that there isn’t a demand for a Windows Live branded app for mobile blogging, but this may be shortsighted.  At one time, people didn’t think blogging would hit the main stream… or even conceived a need to allow postinWordPress client for iPhoneg photos from your mobile phone on to a photo site like Flickr much less blog. But as noted by Jason O’Grady on ZDNet, mobile users have taken notice of the WordPress client now available for the Apple iPhone…

“Excellent news for bloggers came a few weeks ago when WordPress announced that they’re developing a client application for the iPhone.”

As noted on the WordPress blog, the app is available on the App Store, along with a few frequently asked questions.  The comments I scanned are positive with many trackbacks.

IMO, the Tilt and other keyboard enabled phones are also ripe for such applications, but still in need for a way to discover and promote such applications.  As I posted previously, I’d certainly like to see a more integrated positive experience for Windows Mobile users similar to the one-stop-shopping (so to speak) that users now get with the Apple’s App Store. 


The Times’ Practical Mac guys and their cool iPhone apps

Echoing the Computerworld post of 11 cool new apps for the iPhone, and my stab at similar Windows Mobile apps, the venerable Seattle Times has an article by Jeff Carlson discussing iPhone applications in his practical Mac column. (As noted on the site, Carlson and Glenn Fleishman are responsible for the ‘Practical Mac’ column.)

“The [iPhone] applications run the spectrum from simple tip calculators to games of all stripes. Here are a few broad categories that I think are important, with selected application examples. All of the ones mentioned here are free unless otherwise noted.”

Although not completely original, Carlson notes FileMagnet ($4.99) which allows iPhone users to utilize their phone as a storage device, accessible over Wi-Fi.  From the looks of it, I’d like to see something this slick for Windows Mobile phones.

He also called out BattleAtSea ($4.99), then nice iPhone rendition of the classic Battleship game, playable over the network.  Of course, there are various versions of Battleship like this one ($14.99) and a version from astraware ($19.99) available for multiple portable form factors.  I’ve also seen free versions of Battleship available (and this one on but I haven’t seen a recent version posted.

And the article in The Times notes PhoneSaber which “the 7-year-old Star Wars fan in me says you need to check it out.”

Also of interest: Laptop Magazine’s affectionately named article ‘Windows Mobile Smart Phones That Don’t Suck and Some that Do

Tags: Microsoft, Windows Mobile, iPhone, mobile phones, smartphones.