Posts From Ben Elliott

Ben Elliott
Ben Elliott

Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above.

Bring Life to your Start Menu with IconHelper

Well-finished icons can bring a finishing touch to a well-themed device, but it's often hard to find a corresponding icon for a relatively unknown application. Created by XDA member poksh, IconHelper is a building tool that replaces and generates icons for your favourite shortcuts. The application, which is available both in English and Russian, allows you to...

Read the Qu’ran While on the Move

Due to being some of the most-read books in the world, applications that allow you to read religious texts on your mobile phone are becoming increasingly popular. One of the most recent electronic conversions is Quran for WM by XDA member kopraljono, which grants the  user access to the Islamic Holy book while on the...

Profile Switch Receives New Features

Profile Switch was recently launched by XDA member rlmouse as an application designed to change the status of multiple settings such as WiFi, Bluetooth, volume, and data at just the press of one button. In addition, it can program the phone to change profiles automatically at certain times of the day. Since its initial release, the developer...

Control your PC with Remote Control App

One of the main perks of owning a Windows Mobile device is the relationship between it and your Windows-running computer. By taking advantage of the interconnectivity between the two, you can put the phone to good use even when you have something larger to work with. BigMani's Remote Control App for Windows Mobile is one of...

Final Version of XDANDROID Froyo Port for Windows Mobile Released

It has been a long time coming, but XDA member babijoee and team have finally made public their final version of the XDANDROID Froyo-to-Windows Mobile port for devices such as the HTC Touch Pro and Diamond. After several alpha and beta versions, the developers feel that this part of the project is finally ready to be known...

3-Button Combination Fix Arrives for All Galaxy S Variants

Although the Samsung Galaxy S device family contains very powerful and appealing devices, many potential buyers have been put off by talk on the site that one of the key modding tools of the phone simply won't work. Since the release of the Samsung Captivate, Vibrant, Epic 4G and Fascinate (each model being the representative of...

Android Sense Theme for Windows Mobile

Many critics found HTC's Sense interface a welcome change to the default Windows Mobile homescreen when it first appeared as TouchFlo some years ago. Since then, the application has been ported to Android, with its Windows Mobile incarnations unfortunately lacking some of the style of the port to the former operating system. However, over on...

Dialer Alternative for WQVGA Devices

Due to being one of the less common screen resolutions, applications and modifications tailored specifically for WQVGA (around 400 by 240 pixels) devices are hard to find. In addition, the lowered screen real estate makes the transfer of applications designed for devices with larger screens look messy and non-functional. XDA member Rugal has recently created one...

Take Big Decisions off your Mind with Paul’s Pick

After being eliminated embarrassingly early on in this year's World Cup, the English were consoled by the rise of a new star in football: Paul the Octopus. Supposedly hailing from Weymouth, Paul correctly predicted the outcomes of all of Germany's matches and proceeded to foretell Spain to be the overall winners as the tournament reached...

Improve your HD2’s Keyboard

Having a 4.3" touchscreen on your phone can come at a cost, and usually, that cost is the lack of a hardware keyboard. While this isn't a problem for all of us, serial texters and word-processor addicts definitely suffer from being forced to use an on-screen keyboard like that found on the HTC HD2. Although the...

MMTaskManager v2.0 Now Available

Although there is a lot of competition in the field of task managers for Windows Mobile, XDA member Maximus.Mobile has always tried to make MMTaskManager stand out by keeping things simple. The menus are clear and the application itself is easy to navigate, with large and finger-friendly buttons making performing tasks an easy process. The developer has...

Transparent Background When Switching Tabs in Sense

Since the evolution of HTC's TouchFLO interface into 'Sense' with the introduction of the Android and Windows Mobile 6.5 platforms, this site has gained even more support for tweaks and modifications to how the home-screen replacement looks and behaves. Although posted a few months ago, XDA user antoniomistretta (with help from degake) has found a way...