Help me figure out what to do about my buggy HTC Incredible, either to fix it or to replace it.
For a couple years now, I've owned an HTC Incredible. It's been a great phone overall, but it's developed the reboot glitch that
so very very many other people are having
. And the problem doesn't seem to
be restricted to the Incredible, either
. It's not even
restricted to HTC phones. And yet none of the carriers or manufacturers that I've seen have either a) offered a consistent explanation for it or b) done anything to solve the problem.
I've seen a lot of speculation as to what causes the problem, and as many ideas about how to fix it. From crafting battery hacks
to putting the battery in the freezer
for a while, getting rid of task killer apps
to uninstalling all third-party apps
and then reinstalling them one by one, clearing the cache(s)
a factory reset... I've tried most of these methods, and while they may work for a while, the problems always come back. And I'm hesitant to try a factory reset, because it'd be a huge pain in the butt and still might not even work
. I've contacted Verizon, and their 'solution' is, after much misdirection and unhelpfulness, basically to buy a new phone.
So, what can I do? I'd ideally prefer to fix my phone, somehow. But if that won't work, I'd like to get a new phone. I'd have the following restrictions:
- It should be Android. I'm not too picky about which version, though recent would be nice.
- The phone shouldn't cost more than about US$100 or $150, perhaps a little more if the monthly cost is significantly lower than what I'm paying now.
- The specs should be about the same or better than my Incredible: good case durability (ideally, metal case and Gorilla Glass, though I'd plan on getting a slipcover and screen protection anyway); good forward and rear cameras; no hardware keyboard (Swype all the way!); a fairly fast processor; microSD slot; 3G or 4G; long battery life. And I don't want a phone much bigger than the Incredible. I specifically don't want a larger screen or bigger phone -- my tablet meets that need.
- I really, really want to avoid reboot glitches and other such problems. Reliability is a big concern.
- I'd prefer HTC out of general UI preference, but if it means avoiding things like the reboot bug, anything Android is fine by me.
For the carrier, I'd prefer one that charges significantly less than Verizon does (approximately $100 per month for unlimited data and way more minutes and messages than I use). Stuff like Carrier IQ annoys me, I'd prefer to avoid multi-year contracts, and I'm pretty sick of Verizon's customer service so I think I want to get away from them entirely.
Is it possible to truly fix my phone? Or barring that, what phone and carrier would match my needs?