Got back from our hols later on this afternoon and immediately got a call from Apple’s courier to arrange collection of my faulty iPhone for tomorrow morning. It was with great sadness that I did a last back up on iTunes then wiped it clear of all info and then packed it all up into the box ready for collection. I then had a quick peruse online to check out availability of a replacement and was pretty devastated to note the still acute shortages at all the phone places and 3 week wait online at the Apple Store. Thing is, with the forthcoming launch in lots more countries scheduled for the next week or so things are not going to improve anytime soon. It could be weeks, in fact it will be weeks, before I can source a new one. That has made my return from holiday and back to reality even worse as I was enjoying using it so much.
I still have the Palm Pre and HTC Legend of course and the latter has been pressed back into service. Unfortunately, having chopped down my main SIM to fit into the iPhone 4 I find that using the micro SIM adapter that came with the SIM cutter in the Legend is a no go as it won’t click in properly. It works fine in the Pre though but I’d prefer to use the Legend so have reverted back to my older SIM which is still the original size. I then had to inform a pile of folk of the temporary change of number which was a pain but there you go. I’ll revert back to the chopped SIM when I get a replacement iPhone.
It feels a bit odd going back to the Legend. The screen is not as good, the apps are not as good, the camera is mediocre and the video recording is just acceptable. The people that I showed video that I’d shot on the iPhone 4 to all uniformly remarked how sharp it looked, they won’t be saying that about video shot on the Legend. At this point in time I’m struggling to think of anything that the Legend does better than the iPhone and frankly the whole thing just feels like a comedown. I don’t know what it is about Android that feels like a let down but if pushed I’d say it is starting to turn into Windows Mobile what with all that bleating on about “open-ness”, cooked ROM’s, emphasis on specs and general all round smugness of the Android sites. Heck, I might even go back to using the Pre instead as the whole Android scene is starting to feel like something I don’t especially want to be part of anymore.