Fone Phailure!

Like many people, I have a smart phone. In my case it is a Samsung Galaxy SII which I have had for about 21 months.

It isn’t perfect. If it was up to me the changes I would make are:

  1. Give it a decent battery life, even at the expense of making it thicker and heavier.

Yep, that is about the only change I would make. Everything else about it has been fine.

Until the weekend. Then my phone died, and it is resolutely refusing to come back again.

Being of a tinkering persuasion I chose to investigate a little. I managed to find a colleague who had the same phone so I could borrow the battery. Putting the battery from his phone in mine made no difference, so the battery wasn’t the source of the problem.

I then asked another colleague who works in the electronics workshop where I work to prod a few things with a multimeter to see what he could see. He came back pretty quickly to say that when he plugged the phone in he could see a voltage, but that the voltage disappeared when he pressed the on button. He suspected a short somewhere in the body of the battery.

So there was nothing for it but to go and see the nearest Carphone Warehouse shop, which is, luckily only 5 minutes walk away.

The best news is that my phone, being a Samsung, has a two year warranty, and it was still within the warranty period. So its wending its way, who knows where. Unfortunately the store didn’t have any loan phones available, so I left the store feeling very ‘old skool’ without a phone of any kind.

I tried my old HTC phone (HTC Desire) when I got home, and, as both phones are ‘on’ Orange the old phone works with the sim card.

It did leave me with a couple of observations:

  1. The screen, which once felt perfectly acceptable, now feels tiny!
  2. When you are used to new tech, then old tech feels glacially slow.
  3. Both phones are Android, which means that all the contacts etc are available on the old phone. But many of the apps which I would like to install (Chrome, please, the stock browser is horrible) claim to be installed already.

I have a feeling I will get these teething troubles sorted out, just about the time that my proper phone returns to my grateful hands.

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