The TMo HD2 ROM is now officially official. For those of you who downloaded the ‘leaked’ ROM it’s exactly the same. Before getting into the details, I just want to note that having installed it on my HD2 that’s SIM unlocked and used on AT&T I can tell you that my signal strength has been dramatically improved. I was having issues in a few locations where my signal was hovering at a single bar and now I’m 4 bars there. The reason is likely the change in radio…the same one some TMo users are complaining has been resulting in jumps between one and four bars. Well, as an AT&T user all I know is it’s good for me:) I also only have 4 days to get my Bing cashback so all-in-all it’s a good deal.
Getting back to it, the details are unchanged but there are a few new things we’ve learned and a few things in this ROM that are new. First off, multitouch appears to be enabled in more applications now. In the inbox, within emails, in file explorer, Albums (the MS version, not HTC version) pinching now works to zoom. If you do it in your inbox, for example, it zooms in and you get an overview image at the bottom of the screen so you can pan around the page. Not sure I’d ever need it in my inbox, but it’s there. When viewing pics it actually works well to help navigate around a zoomed in photo though. I also recommend a soft reset after installing this ROM as a few things initially didn’t work properly (like YouTube wouldn’t load videos) but a soft reset fixed that. Swype is improved and tapping/holding to get symbols/numbers works a lot better, but I still suggest changing the default settings for better results. Also Opera 9.7 is the default so to zoom you need to pinch to zoom – a single tap to zoom works in Opera 10.
Overall I like the ROM. But now for the bad. From their release statement:
Pretty not cool. Didn’t apply for me so no biggie but if it does I bet yelling at customer service will get it fixed;)
To upgrade go to: www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade and type in the first 15 digits of you IMEI (even though it’s 17 digits). if you’ve taken the plunge share your thoughts.