I’ve been known to complain about my phone – an HTC Excalibur/unlocked T-Mobile Dash – occasionally freezing and not accepting any input while typing a text message. I’ve looked into new phones time and time again, but either the phone’s hardware sucks or it runs Windows Mobile (which means the phone sucks).
Today, my relationship with my phone hit a new low. I officially cannot delete text messages. No matter what I do, when I restart the phone, the messages magically reappear. After some research using my friend Google, I came to the conclusion that the cemail.vol file, which contains all mail and text message settings and messages, was somehow corrupt or dysfunctional. The afforementioned file is 6.1 MB. A text message is typically 190 bytes or less, and according to Wikipedia, that includes protocol overhead, which I’m sure is not stored. Disregarding that last part, if I did my math correctly, that would mean I had 33113 text messages, ignoring the .1 of the 6.1, which seems about right to account for the settings that the file also contains.
Now, I texted back and forth to Michelle a lot (and a few other people, but not nearly as much, and that number would include all messages, both sent and received), but I do not see how it is possible to have that many messages stored on my phone. Regardless, this file is consistently in use by Windows Mobile (understandably), and unfortunately for me, that means I can’t delete it. I need to get some special program to run a script that will delete the file before the phone loads anything that uses the file.
In short, I’m very turned off of the Windows Mobile smart phone market. I don’t know if it’s HTC or Windows Mobile or some magical middleman I’m unaware of (my phone is unlocked, but there are a few leftover T-Mobile artifacts on, so possibly that), but it’s annoying and I am quite certain I could get a better experience somewhere else.
A while back I asked on Twitter if there is a better smart phone on the market than the iPhone 3G. I had one response that I appreciated, but only listed crappy phones I was already aware of. If you can think of a better phone, please post it in the comments. To be applicable at all, the phone must be AT&T/T-Mobile compatible (GSM), around half an inch thick or less, have Wi-Fi, have a decent battery life, and not run Windows Mobile. For example, I don’t want the T-Mobile G1 because it is too thick and the battery life is poor, even though it runs Android. If I think of more qualifications, I will post them.
As soon as I get a job, I plan on buying a new phone, and unless someone can convince me there’s a better phone out there than the iPhone 3G…well, hello again, Apple.
*sigh* I wish I had my RAZR as a backup phone (I somehow managed to kill it by using the HTC charger to charge it, even though the adapter was mini-USB). I don’t even trust my HTC phone to receive calls properly right now. The other day, the phone radio magically turned itself off and I didn’t get any calls or text messages for a whole day until I realized something was wrong, restarted my phone, and got 3 voicemails, some missed calls, and 2 text messages all at once.