11/29/2011, 11:14 AM
Being due for an upgrade on 12/12, I'd convinced myself to wait out HP's decision on WebOS until next summer. I was holding out hope that through some miraculous turn of events, a new WebOS phone would be available within a year. That doesn't appear remotely possible now. And, alas, my Pre 2 is limping to the completion of my contract. The accelorometer no longer works and screen stays in portrait mode, no matter the orientation of the phone. I've restarted and done a battery pull numerous times, but no luck. Also, I've had several incidents within the last couple of months where the screen will randomly get all jumbled up with wavy lines and lose all touchscreen responsiveness (even though you can't see anything anyway). The only solution I've found has been to restart over and over again until the boot screen appears without the distortion. I have also found that a good whack on the side of the phone restores the screen. Also, I had family in town a few weeks ago and we were going to out to eat and they were following behind me in their car. We got separated at a light, so I grabbed my phone to give them a call. When I pressed the power button to turn on the screen...nothing (although I had just used the phone a few minutes earlier). The LED notifcation light was lit up but the screen remained black. Opening and closing the slider did nothing. Pressing and holding the power button did nothing. Finally, I pulled the battery and restarted and I was rewarded with the distorted screen I mentioned above. All-in-all, my phone was out of comission for around 45 minutes. Dinner plans were ruined, my family was lost in a strange town and the evening was shot. Yesterday, while returning from out of town for Thanksgiving, I tried to make a call on my phone to tell my ride where I was, but when I pressed the power button to turn on the screen, I was greeted with the big battery icon in the middle of the screen, although the battery had shown 85% just a few minutes earlier. I freaked b/c at my location, I had no other way to get in touch with my ride. I pulled the battery and restarted the phone and several minutes later it finally started up like normal and showed 85% on the battery. As insult to injury, Maps has been a complete fail for me recently. When driving to a meeting for work a couple weeks ago, I entered the address for the location of the club in Charleston, SC but Maps kept asking me "did you mean South Carolina?", and it would then just give me directions to the state capital (Columbia) over 100 miles away. So I searched for the name of the club and it showed up in the Maps search results. When I selected it from the list and clicked to get directions, it did the same thing as above. That said, I haven't been able to get Maps to load for a solid 2 weeks now.
This all sucks big time b/c I was hoping to just ride my Pre 2 as long as possible. But after having an entire evening with my family totally ruined b/c the screen on my phone randomly decided not to work, my blood was boiling. (as a side note, it's a very sad commentary on how dependent we are on technology!) I seriously comtemplated contacting VZW over the weekend to see about letting my use my upgrade a couple weeks early, but am hoping my Pre 2 can survive 13 more days at least.
I don't see any point in holding off on the upgrade b/c I know my Pre 2 won't make it another 6 months or year. With HP's delay with deciding on WebOS it's highly unlikely we'll see anything within the next year or 18 months (if we ever do see anything), so I figure I might as well use the upgrade as soon as possible so on the outside chance a new WebOS phone does become available in 18 months or so, I'll be close to the end of my 2 year agreement.
Overall, a very sad turn of events. It worked great for so long, but the last couple months it just seems to have totally fritzed out on me.