You knew it was coming sooner or later folks. Admit it, as soon as you heard I’d won a £600 state of the art phone, you knew that at some point I’d push it too far and break it, proving once and for all that the technology still doesn’t match my needs. Yeah, that’s right guys (and girls and weird talking plants and spaceships and animals) – I’ve bricked my Samsung i8910 HD.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it derives from how useful a mobile device is when you’ve broken it so much that it can’t do anything. You can use it for pretty much the same things you can use a brick for, but with lesser effects. In my case I was installing a theme and the power died as the installation was almost complete. Normally that would mean that the theme wouldn’t install but, for some reason, it half installed the file and set it as the current theme. Now whenever I boot my phone up it spends ages looking for the graphics files that are missing, taking up almost all of the processor power and not letting me get to the parts that would let me change the theme or remove it. That’s if it boots at all as it now has a habit of sitting there trying then restarting the boot-up cycle.
So yeah, can’t have nice things and I’m a little annoyed. I’ve sent the phone back to Samsung and they should have it reflashed with the latest firmware in two to four weeks, meaning I’m back with my old 6120 classic (I call her Chloe now, for some reason) for a while. As this phone could fit inside the screen of my Samsung it’s taking a little getting used to. On the bright side, the new firmware for my phone was released recently so it should come back a lot faster (impressive as it’s already the fastest phone I’ve ever used) and with that gorgeous 3D task manager that I’ve been drooling about. Still, it’d be nice to have something that didn’t die on me at some point.