Introducing My Desire Z

No, not really. I just rooted my G2 and put the Desire Z ROM onto it. Took a couple hours to do it all. I’m not writing a full guide on how to do it, that’s been done countless times. I will, however link to the guides I used, in case anybody wishes to make their G2 pretty.

G2 with Sense UI

Below, I’m going to write about which guides I used for this, but be warned, this is *not* foolproof. *This may or may not screw up your phone hardcore, so do at your own risk!*

h4. Rooting

The G2 used to be fairly tricky for modding, as it was fairly locked down and risky to root. However, that’s not the case anymore. Rooting it was completely painless, I followed “this handy guide”: for it.

h4. ClockworkMod Recovery

After permanently rooting the G2, I went on over to XDA-Developers (great site for Android modding by the way) and “installed ClockworkMod Recovery”: Firstly, it allows loading a custom ROM, and secondly, it allows you to back everything up. In addition to what that guide says, be sure to make a full backup image, and copy it over to your computer. It’s just a little bit of protection for those worst-case scenarios.

h4. Sense UI ROM

After installing ClockworkMod Recovery, I proceeded to actually getting the HTC Sense UI ROM. I “found one at MoDaCo”: It’s essentially the stock Desire Z ROM, but pre-rooted with a few other tweaks. Unfortunately, it comes with all the bloatware that a Desire Z has, including a McAfee trial and a bunch of useless HTC apps. The good news is that since the ROM is pre-rooted, it’s fairly easy to delete these apps, with an app remover such as “App Delete”:

h4. Additional Notes

The first time I booted into the new ROM, it hung up in a startup loop, but this was fixed by going to ClockworkMod and wiping all user data. Since wiping may be needed, it is highly advisable you back everything up first. Wiping the SD card was not necessary though, so all of my music and pictures remain. Still a good idea to back up the entire SD card if you care about your pictures and texts.

h4. About the Keyboard

The Desire Z and G2 have slightly different keyboard layouts due to being released in different parts of the world. This makes the keyboard a bit wonky on the G2. For example, the .com button functions as a tab key, and alt + space no longer produces an onscreen symbol map. Otherwise everything works well. However, now that my G2 was fully rooted, I figured why not make use of those gray shortcut keys. I never used them for their intended purpose, so I followed “this guide”: to change them into keys for [ { and <. Makes typing emoticons a lot easier and less annoying. So yeah, that’s pretty much all there is to it. Just follow the directions of the guides and you’ll have yourself a perfectly functioning Desire Z G2 in no time. h4. Performance Initially, I was a bit disappointed with the boot time and responsiveness of the Sense UI, but that was because the phone was syncing contacts and other info, after about 15 minutes it informed me that the sync was finished, and things got a *lot* faster. Except for the initial hiccups, the Sense UI is very fast, and boot times are good as well. Even with all of the pretty little animations and effects turned on, there was no perceivable lag. Battery life is the same as with the stock G2 ROM, which surprised me. Then again, perhaps it’s Sense UI’s heavy use of black as opposed to stock Froyo’s use of white, which saves battery life. No wonder Gingerbread is switching to a black menubar as well. I could go on for a while about how nice Sense UI is, but other sites have gone into way more depth about it, so I’ll end on this.

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  • Bob

    Sounds like a real pain in the ass

  • Dan

    Nah it was fairly easy to do. And I can’t tell if you’re a real person or a bot, which is annoying.