I’ve been thinking a lot about Windows Mobile lately (more on that, a lot more, later). As I looked at the device I’ve been carrying for the past year or so (Samsung Blackjack II) I’ve found a few things annoying so I recently set about fixing things. I’m sharing the solutions here for others who might want to fix the same issues.
Caution: These are fairly advanced customizations to be making. If you’re uncomfortable with that sort of thing then just put the phone down and slowly back away as you’re liable to brick your phone.
BTW, I used PHM Registry Editor to makes these fixes. Also, your phone needs to be “Application Unlocked.” I used the SDA Application Unlocker to do that. Again, both of these are advanced tools so be careful.
The single most annoying thing about the Samsung Blackjack II are the Startup and Shutdown sounds. I can’t imagine what the product manager was thinking when this feature was put in: “Hey, how about if it made a loud sound like, maybe a jet engine, whenever you turn it on or off? Yeah! Users will love that.” I find it incredibly annoying in many situations. Apparently I’m not alone as there are numerous posts about this on the intertubes.
Here are the instructions to fix this:
Another annoyance is more of a personal preference. I’ve been using what used to be called the “smartphone” edition of Windows Mobile. It’s now called Windows Mobile Standard. The big difference is that the screen is not a touch screen. I’ve always had a preference for a phone that I could use one-handed and had good physical keyboard so I’ve had a non-touch device since 2004. In the previous editions the menus all had numbers (aka accelerators) next to them to make selection easier. On the Blackjack the menus are selected by characters which, for me, is a little more difficult.
To change that option here are the instructions:
The final annoyance is one inflicted by AT&T. Like many organizations their margins are squeezed and so look for any opportunity to sell their value-add services. AT&T has a whole slew of these that they’d love to sell me (GPS, shopping, music, video, etc) but that I have never used and do not intend to. Unfortunately they have hardcoded the 6 services near the top of the “All Programs” menu so I have to scroll past them every time I’m looking for a program.
Here’s how to remove those options: