Archive for November, 2011

Order placed UPDATED

November 28, 2011 1 comment

The next stage to get my grubby paws on a Xiaomi phone has been successfuly negotiated. The order was placed on their website last night. Incidently, Xiaomi are experiencing difficulties with some component supplies sourced in Thailand due to the flooding there.
They are not alone in this respect as many other companies have been suffering shortages as well.

My order has just been delivered to an address in China. So from order to delivery took just 2 days. Now I’ve just got to get it to the UK. So that will take a week or so


Home for Christmas?

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Perhaps I am being a little optimistic here but if Xiaomi’s website is to be believed then I will be able to order my phone in three days. Can’t wait.

Carrier-IQ – updated

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

This is the final post for today but worth mentioning. Carrier-IQ is basically a rootkit by most definitions. If you have a stock HTC or Samsung it could be spying on you. It was discovered by one of the developers on XDA Developers. Read here to follow the story. Unacceptable. Completely unacceptable.


It seems Carrier IQ have reflected on their moment of madness and changed their position. They have withdrawn their cease and desist order and apologised. Perhaps we can now concentrate on what manufacturers such as HTC are actually using this rootkit for. What information are they monitoring, for what purpose, and why are they doing this without asking permission.

Categories: Android, Carrier-IQ

giffgaff grief

November 23, 2011 2 comments

Sorry to see that giffgaff users are still experiencing problems with their parent company O2. It was basically the reason I left giffgaff. As I said at the time, it was a pity because principle behind giffgaff (if not its execution) deserves to succeed.

Categories: giffgaff

Xiaomi MI One- when will it come?

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Well if reports in western media today are to be believed then it could be soon. For example, the Register suggests it will be the December 18th. Personally I think this is unlikely. My guess is that would be the date that they will resuming orders for the Chinese market. Although there is plenty of manufacturing capacity for the phone – I believe Xiaomi use Foxconn like Apple does, the problem in meeting demand and support have come from a third party supplier that was overwhelmed. When you take into consideration the problems Google had with its online sale and support of the Nexus then this isn’t a new problem. Google eventually gave up on that idea in the UK at least. So the question is at what point will Xiaomi have the infrastructure to offer international sales and support.  Well I don’t know the answer to that but it will certainly be after the Chinese Spring festival.

Getting Xiaomi MI – One

November 19, 2011 5 comments

Is not easy. Firstly, you can only buy them from Xiaomi’s website. Secondly, they only deliver within China. Assuming you can cross those hurdles (I can) then thats the theory. The reality is a bit more complex. In China demand outstrips supply. There was a 300000 backlog before they stopped taking orders online. They have now introduced a queue for which you need a ticket. However that is also approaching several hundred thousand and Xiaomi are reducing the backlog at a rate of between 5 000 to 20,000 a week as of today. But remember this is China so you can jump the queue. Many ticket holders have started selling their tickets on Taobao – a sort of eBay. I picked one up for about £20 pounds and I am now approximately 67000th in the queue

Life with the HD2

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment



Yes I love this phone to bits as I have said. It started off as a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone. I then had a few WM6.5 roms ending up with one of INDIE’s. I started running Android off the SD card. Initially I had a HTC sense ROM but then moved to CYANOGEN. It was apparent I was no longer going to use WM and SD ROM’s are beginning to look tired. SD Roms are excellent but most of the development seems to be in the NAND field. Support for the particular SD ROM I was using seemed to be drying up so I converted the phone to run NAND ROMs. The process itself is a little complex but it is well documented on XDA Developers.


The particular NAND ROM I chose was a MIUI one. I had not used MIUI before but I am impressed. Its very clean compared with CYANOGEN although it uses it as its base. It is a chinese ROM made by a company called Xiaomi. I like it a lot but these things are always a matter of taste so won’t necessarily be to your liking. There were other reasons why I chose the MIUI ROM. Xiaomi have gone into phone manufacture and have produced a phone – the Xiaomi MiOne to run MIUI – or anything else for that matter as it is deigned to be modded from the outset. Xiaomi’s CEO is a charismatic individual of almost who wants to bring smartphones to the people. A sort of telephonic equivilant of Ferdinand Porshe’s Volkswagen. So the price and spec are astonishing. Basically £200 for a  Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II which costs around £400. I want one.



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