More Details on the “Perfect Fuze”
In my post from a few weeks ago, I indicated that I had finally attained what I considered to be a perfect set-up for my Fuze. A commenter asked what precisely that set-up was, so I thought such a query deserved another posting.
I’ll start with the basics and then go deeper into the phone.
ROM: NRG 235557 (there is now a 23563). This rom is the cutting edge of WM6.5. It is beautiful, stable, and fast. Battery life is mixed.
Home screen: Co0kie’s Home Tab (CHT) v1.7 (now up to v.1.7.1. This mod was the key as it allowed tremendous modification of the home screen and, most importantly for me, gave me the real estate to have have the first row of Quick Links visible on the home screen. His mod also allowed me to jettison my iPhone Today mod (with Manila Today Page). I absolutely hate the WM Start Menu set-up, so iPT allowed me to have easy access to my most used apps in a simple, page-sliding app-launching format. But with CHT Quick Links mod, I now have the same ease without the extra weight of another app.
Slider icons: I like Badger’s slider icons. More interesting and colorful.
Taskbar icons: The default taskbar icons are pretty bland. I use this one from Reefermattness. Nice colors and easily readable.
Start-up animation: Simple and elegant start-up animation.
Arranging Start Menu: If you like to arrange your Start Menu (I do for all the little apps and tweaks that I use infrequently), this is a must.
Weather: Unless you live in a big city, you need this app to include your city or town in the Weather tab.
Below the break, I have listed all of the apps and tweaks I installed. To find them, just do a search on xda-developers-Raphael/Fuze forum.
Installed apps: AKToggleWifiCab, AMeBa_v0.8rc, AnswerkeysDisabler.v0.5.1, apptodate, CABviaActiveSync-1.5-Setup, cleanRAM, ClearTemp, FF ATT ULTIMATE aGPS Settings, FlashLite_DP_WM6Professional_EN, GfxBoost-1.2-Service, GoogleMaps, GpsCycleComputer_3.114, GpsViewer, JSPAProgramManager, JVH3_WeatherCityEditor_v3.4, MJG WM6.5 Titanium V1, mobiletag_3_directShowAndHtcSDK_3.0.02_buil3, MoDaCo_NoData, MSVC.v1.6.23081, MyBingTranslator, MyMobiler125_01222010, NightStand_v1.2.2, NoSleep!!, NRG 3 Row Start, NRGZ28 Font Restore, nullkb.ARM4, RadarLove02, SdkCerts, SkypeMobile, StopWatch_VGA_22_SETUP, Touch_InCall_Screen_Tweak_v1.1.1, TouchResponse_v0_3_2, uCONVERT_2.2.0_VGA-WVGA, VGAStartingWindows7_StartupSound, Vibra (Switch) 1.32
Thanks for the kind words on the slider glad you like them. I have yet to play with Cookies I’m still stuck on MaxManila. I guess one day I will have to load it.
@Badger: You are most welcome! I had been a devotee of Max, but he just couldn’t change the real estate like Cookie has. His new MaxSense (still alpha I believe) looks intriguing.
Of course, once WP7 comes out, Sense will be useless (unless we go Android).
Nice! I’m having problems *finding* the city codes! Help would be appreciated.
I installed the taskbar, slider and like ’em. Thanks for the info. There’s just SO much out there, we can’t possibly try (or find) them all!
@MartiM: Using JVH3’s weather editor, click on Add City, choose the State and fill in the obvious information. For the city code, it goes as follows: NAM|US|State Code|City Name. Example: NAM|US|CA|KENTFIELD. The “hash mark” is the Shift key above the back slash.
Yes, so much out there, but creating your Perfect Fuze is an evolutionary process that combines following a few web sites and adding apps and tweaks and eye candy that suits you. I read fuzemobility.com (of course) and the home page of xda-developers which offers the latest apps etc. The xda-developers forums for the Raphael/Fuze are great, but they are many and dense. Better to rely on recommendations from the two I just mentioned, then do a little research of your own to see what you like.
Ah, well I found the database and of course the city isn’t there 🙂 Too small. Although if I could use NOAA’s data, I could get reallyreally close to my house. Oh well. Largest metro area it is…
@MartiM: Did you follow my instructions? I have found really obscure little towns (e.g., Gualala, CA) on there. Actually, my town, which is unincorporated, isn’t on there, but the towns a mile in either direction are. So still accurate weather.
Yeah, I tried the towns in my immediate area and nothing showed. One shows up on the website, but the name must not be the exact code. I’m wondering if there’s a trick for two-word towns? And the unincorporated area I’m in has a ” ‘ ” in it. I’ll play with it some more and if I figure it out, I’ll let you know. Just haven’t had time since the last post 🙂
@MartiM: There is a space for two-word city, e.g., NAM|US|CA|SAN DIEGO.
ah ha. um. ::pulls out Fuze::
Well now I feel stoopid.
@MartiM: I don’t understand your comment.
I must be stuck in the 80s “thou-shalt-not-use-spaces” mode for some reason. Yeah, it worked. I just feel really idiotic for assuming there would be no spaces. And actually, the unincorporated area I live in works too: remove the ‘ and use the space between the first and second word.
I’ll just go and join Marvin the Paranoid Android in the corner.