03/07/2012, 04:54 PM
Well, it ain't over yet. It ceased - again - to function as a phone. After lengthy consultation, I dug out a more extensive set of logs. On February 8 I sent the phone's logs off to HP and went off on vacation with the Pre+. 2 weeks later, I got a bunch of bounce messages; it seems that HP's own weblogs mail client fell over. So they said they'd call me when it was functioning again. They have not.
Originally Posted by grankin
Out of sheer curiosity (after I got home, 15 days after it ceased to work as a phone), I fired the phone up again. It worked! Would actually dial & make calls! But then I discovered a few more odd quirks: when adding a contact, I could only assign a phone number as a mobile. No options. There was no apparent default contacts, nor could one be assigned.
Back on the web to the 'chat' tech. Told him I'd re-started more than once with no change in behavior. Backed it up, then wiped all apps and data (had to rebuild a bunch of data by hand afterward). No change. Then they helped me copy all the contacts from the phone to Google, so at least there's now a solid backup out there. Now they want me to return it to them, whereupon they'll wipe it clean and see if they can figure out what the problem is. It'll come back with me having to rebuild data again, which is a PITA.
So now I'm getting pretty tired of WebOS, but I like the device's size and speed. I've looked at the two extant Android devices (Wildfire S and Xperia Mini), and I still like the Pre's shape & size better. Hence a question:
Is it totally out of the question to treat this this device as a computer with a duff OS, wipe it clean and load the best Android OS into it? Or is that dumber than a dumb thing?