Yet More Pocket PC Problems

I’ve had my Cingular 8125 for just over 24 hours and it is already dead. I emailed the company I bought it from to ask about a replacement or a refund. Their policy states that they do refunds or exchanges within 30 days. I have been using the phone most of the day. I installed all of my usual programs, although a few such as Magic Button just don’t want to work on this phone. There were a few problems I was willing to learn to live with. Some areas of the screen, especially the taskbar, didn’t want to respond to tapping. I had to slide the keyboard open to put the Pocket PC in landscape mode to take my chances. Toward the end of the evening, the input methods started to fail one by one. First the DSC00033hardware keyboard started spitting out special characters rather that letters, then it stopped working altogether. Next the software keyboard suddenly didn’t want to respond to input. Finally, the 8125 rebooted to the screen to the left. Rather than the Cingular splash screen, this is what I got. I have not been able to get a functioning ROM since. I am a fairly heavy user of Cell phones and Pocket PCs, but I should not have used this one that much in 24 hours.

In the meantime, I’m back to my trusty SonyEricsson z525a. The z525 is a great phone. I just like to have the Pocket PC functionality as well. I followed the links on HP’s website to send an email asking for support for my hx4705. I strongly suspect that the battery is the problem; however I did not want to spend money on a new battery to find that the hx4705 is completely dead. Perhaps HP can confirm a dead battery or can fix the problem. One thing the Cingular 8125 taught me is that I really miss the 640 by 480 VGA screen on the hx4705.

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