Happy 2nd Birthday JumbleCat! AKA Finnally… Portico on Bell!

So today is JumbleCat’s second birthday, but yesterday was Valentine’s day and Bell finally showed my HTC 8X some love just in time!

Bell seems to have a love hate relationship with Windows Phone, they always support it but it always seems to take a long time for them to get around to it.  It’s kind of like they’re always two weeks late giving their girlfriend a box of chocolates for Valentine’s day 😉

The update message appeared later in the day and installation took about 10 minutes.  There were actually three updates to install but they all went smoothly.  The longest part of the process was the final step which had to migrate my data.  I guess they updated the data formats or something as everything was still there after it was done.

The Portico update contains a few key items:

  • Draft TXT messages (I do think this will be useful once in a while)
  • TXT replies to incoming calls (don’t think I’ll ever use this one)
  • IE Improvements (deleting sites in the history is a nice feature)
  • WiFi (being able to keep WiFi active all the time is a great feature, turned it on ASAP after the update)

The WiFi change is nice, but it looks like it eats battery life pretty quickly.  In about 2 hours of standby I lost 14% of the battery life which means only about 14 hours of standby time.  I’m going to play around with it a bit but it looks like I’ll have to turn it off as I suspect the fact I have mail delivery set to “As items arrive” probably plays a big part in how much power the WiFi draws when in standby.

The real fix I want though is the random reboot issue, which hopefully will be resolved now.  I’ll have to wait a few days and see to be sure.

Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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