My how things have changed since my last post. I actually was able to return my Galaxy SII. On the one hand, that was hard. I really like the phone. But on the other, it was driving me batty not being able to receive certain text messages (like all of the ones my iPhone-centric family would send). The final straw was when I paid $40 to have it flashed by a professional to PagePlus and the joker actually used a cracked program on my computer to do the flashing. I was not pleased with that. Well, actually, I guess the final-final straw was when the next day calls, texting, and data ALL quit working. Yeah, I was really frustrated.
Anyway, the guy took the phone back and I was happy to be done with it.
Since then, I bought a fantastic condition HTC Incredible for $20 less than I received for the water damaged one I sold on Craigslist (I was totally up front about its issues). But the SII had spoiled me. I really wanted a faster, more up-to-date phone, and I *really* wanted a larger screen. That was pretty much the biggest complaint I had with the Incredible. It’s a great phone otherwise (which is why I don’t think I could ever go with an iPhone).
So, after watching Ebay for a few days, I sprung on a low-priced, clean ESN, “good condition” HTC Rezound. I like HTC. I know they aren’t as popular as Samsung, but the SIII was more than I wanted to pay, and they didn’t have a Verizon SII. Plus I don’t like the SIII’s stupid home button. Why thy wanted to copy Apple and have a hard button in the middle of the screen like that is beyond me.
Anyway, so I did get my Rezound. I looked into flashing it myself and gave a somewhat serious attempt at doing it with DFS. But things weren’t working out. The only guides I could find used cracked software, which I am morally opposed to using. So I ended up going through a local remotesquaD flasher to have it flashed for me. The guy didn’t totally inspire confidence, but it ended up working out OK after I got off the stock ROM and went with a Cyanogenmod. I don’t have 3g coverage (supposedly things go haywire when using a 4g phone on PagePlus with 3g), but that’s OK by me. I have wireless most places, except work, and I shouldn’t be screwing around on my phone too much at work, so that’s a good deterrent.
Anyway, I’ve had my working Rezound for a week now. I really do like it. It’s very similar to the SII in ways that I like, but it doesn’t have the text messaging issues that the SII had. My only wish would be that it were a little thinner. But that’s not a big deal. It’s really serving me well so far. May it continue to do so for at least a year.