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SD Card and Software Issues few months later
on 11 May 2012
This is my second HTC phone. I had the Google G1 Phone previously, which had a keyboard, and the keyboard on the Desire Z was a key factor in my decision to purchase this phone. I must say that the levels of satisfaction have declined with time:
SD Card problem: After about a couple of months I started having problems with my SD card. The Picture Gallery began lagging behind, and pictures I had taken recently would not always show up. Restarting the phone would fix the problem, until it became significantly worse. Some of the downloaded applications that would be stored on the card no longer appeared, or some of them appeared and some of them didn't. I personally am an IT professional and I noticed that apps that shared storage with the phone storage and system calls would show, when others, that were mainly light weight didn't. Again, restart. However some 6 months down the line, I started getting the message "sim card damaged". I formatted the card losing some data, and that fixed it for a short while, then it happened again. Change the card, lasted for a few weeks then happened again, and the format no longer fixes it. After 3 sim cards, I gave up. So now I can't take any pictures because the SD card is damaged. So half the features of a smart phone went out the window - I can't use dropbox either.
1) GMAIL: I had issues receiving emails instantaneously after about 3 months using the phone. I have to physically click refresh in the GMAIL app so it downloads my emails. That is very annoying.
2) Updates: Update All doesn't work. And some of the main apps such as pdf reader, GMAIL , Google Maps and Youtube always say "downloading" but nothing ever happens. You can download other apps but those ones seem to be constantly stuck and you can't cancel the download. It doesn't stop you from using the apps, but if some of the less developed apps like scrabble which don't have buffering/virtualization to allow concurrent use during an update/download are done for, and you can't use them anymore.
3) Music : No SD card, so clearly no music.
In short, the troubles are centred around both the SD card, and the internet connectivity of the OS for getting emails and downloads. I even bought a leather pouch for the phone thinking that its the fragility that may be causing issues with the SD card, but clearly not the case. I've dropped my old G1 HTC hundreds of times and that never caused any issues, and dropping it also doesn't explain why the software clogs up.
I was happy with the Keyboard and but its advantage and convenience no longer outweighs the nuances of the rest of the phone.