Everything about HTC’s Sense UI for their Android phones is superb and extremely well thought through to deliver a fantastic user experience on what is, for me (a seasoned techie and13-year smartphone enthusiast), the best phone available today.
But there’s just one thing that disappoints me, and only one. The nag screen I get when my phone is out of service. I’ve sent tweets to HTC about this, all of which have been ignored. I’ve submitted a comment somewhere on their site about it. Ignored.
I’ve searched forums and blogs for a fix but it seems nobody else is bothered by it. In five months of searching this is the only other complaint I found about it. Can it only be happening to me? And that dude?
Can it just be because, after 13 years with the supreme O2, I moved to awful Orange (now merged with even worse T-Mobile to create their incredibly lacklustre
Everything Everywhere Nothing Nowhere network)?
I still bear a grudge towards O2 for not carrying the Desire HD, allowing themselves instead to be coerced by Microsoft into carry the ridiculously stupid Windows 7 version of the HTC – and thereby causing my flight.
So what’s this big problem with the Desire HD?
Well actually, I’m not altogether sure whether it’s a HTC fault or Android fault as I haven’t tested it on Android phones by other manufacturers. But I suspect it to be HTC. And I can’t be sure whether it’s specific to the Desire HD or if it happens to other handsets too.
If anybody else experiences this please tell us in the comments. If you know of a fix, tell me how many children I have to sacrifice for you to tell me.
HTC Desire HD Network Operators Nag Screen
When the HTC Desire HD is out of signal range, an annoying black window hijacks my screen, interrupting whatever I’m doing. It shows the available mobile networks in range, offering me an opportunity to select one (including those I’m restricted from joining).
Sometimes, it resets my position in text I’m composing, other times it kicks me out of apps altogether.
In my five minute video below it happens six times (at 0:45, 1:38, 2:30, 3:20, 4:14 and 5:05). Fortunately this is only (roughly) every 50 seconds so it’s not a brilliant example, but when I’m in a poor service area it usually happens every 25 – 30 seconds, sometimes every 15 seconds.
It’s highly frustrating when you’re on the Tube/Metro/Subway or anywhere else you regularly have no signal but want to maximise efficiency by composing several emails, a blog post, or just work offline.
HTC need to remove this infuriating ‘feature’. When I’m out of service an ‘X’ appears next to the signal strength indicator. If I pull down the task bar, I get the option there to join an available network. That’s intuitive and indicative enough.
Somebody at HTC please see this and build it into your next Sense UI update for Android phones that are affected.