Asim’s Blog

January 12, 2011

Sold my HTC Desire

Filed under: Personal — Tags: — asimmunawar @ 2:22 pm

Finally I decided to sell my HTC desire for $360. I tried to fix the battery problem by doing everything possible. I tried to reflash it, installed different kinds of monitoring software’s, also performed the famous HTC plane mode trip, and another trick to calibrate the battery. However, none of these worked. The most frustrating thing was the customer service representative response from HTC and also from my service provider SoftBank.

First, I called SoftBank and told them about the problem that I am having. They gave a very lame excuse and I am sure they did not know what they were talking about. After talking to me for around 30 min the representative said that there is a big difference how the SIM unlocked and SIM locked phones connect with the network. And because my phone is SIM unlocked therefore I don’t get good battery life. They claim that even if I see full bars on my mobile phone that does not necessarily means a good signal strength.

Then I planned to call HTC Japan. I called them and they forwarded my call to someone very non technical. All his discussion was simply out of the context. However, he recommended me to call HTC Taiwan where they have the biggest repair center of HTC phones. I called them and all they said is that uninstall useless applications and you will get a good battery time. I told him my situation in detail but he had nothing to say. Finally, I became kind of angry and decided to claim the warranty.  But again the guy in Taiwan said that there is nothing that we can do. This is perfectly normal and we will not be able to make any repairs or give you a replacement. So, it is useless to send you phone to Taiwan. There is some serious problem with some HTC desire sets. Google the problem and you will find quite a few people having the same problem with their battery. HTC does know the problem but they don’t want to replace the defected sets.

I don’t have anything against HTC phones. They make great phones but they should improve their customer’s service quality. As for me, after fulfilling my desires 😎 , I am back to the good old HTC Hermes.

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January 4, 2011

HTC Desire strange battery problem !!!

Filed under: Personal — Tags: — asimmunawar @ 10:50 am

Ever since I got my first mobile back in 2000, this is by far the strangest problem I have ever faced. My HTC desire’s battery behaves very different in different cities of Japan. I am living in Sapporo, a city in the northern Island of Japan. On one full charge the standby time that I get is around 11 hours maximum. If I use the WiFi or Blue Tooth the time reduces further.

Same mobile in Tokyo gives me more then 60 hours of standby time. I don’t know what is the problem. I have searched a lot and many people blame this on the signal strength and environment temperature. In my case both are constant. I contacted HTC customer service and their reply was confusing and kind of useless. I also went to my service provider (SoftBank) in Sapporo. They are also confused over the strange behavior of the phone.

I think this is a software flaw. I think my mobile keeps on searching for new signals even if it has good signal strength. I reached this conclusions because the mobile gives similar standby time if placed at a location without any signals.

Still the thing that confuses me is why so much difference in standby times between Sapporo & Tokyo.

January 1, 2011

iPhone 4 vs. HTC Desire

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , — asimmunawar @ 11:19 am

I was planning to change my mobile since mid 2010. Finally, in October I decided to go for HTC desire. It was expensive at around 450$ but it was partially sponsored by my mother-in-law as my wedding anniversary present. I have always been a fan of android OS. But, I had a tough time choosing between iPhone 4 and HTC desire. From my experience both are comparable to each other and it is very difficult to choose between the two. Some of the things that helped me decide are as follows:

  • Replaceable battery: As we all know iPhone doesn’t have a replaceable battery. There are many external rechargeable batteries available for the iPhone but i just prefer to carry an extra battery instead of buying an extra accessory.
  • I prefer the simple micro USB interface of HTC Desire. Not a big fan of iPhone’s and iPod’s custom built interfaces. The custom interfaces are designed to create a monopoly of Apple in the market. Recently, I wanted to buy and AV cable for my wife’s iPhone 3G. I bought an AV cable designed for iPod classic for just 10$. It didn’t work with iPhone. They have included some kind of anti piracy chip in the AV cable that stops other makers from making cheap AV cables for iPhones. The cheapest I could find was over 50$. This is too much. Come on Apple …
  • Micro SD slot. Being able to increase the memory as you please is a great thing.
  • Flash doesn’t play on iPhone.
  • I wanted to learn iPhone OS or android without moving to Mac.

You may not agree with the things mentioned above but these things really helped me to make a decision. Anyways, now I feel that Desire have its own problems. I will talk about these problems in my next post.

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