My Droid gave out

There were so many things wrong with my Droid, I finally gave in and took it to the local Verizon store and asked for a new one, and they gave me one!

Unlike an iPhone, the Droid personality doesn’t go from the old phone to the new phone, leaving me to wonder how much information about me Verizon just got. Oh well. So much for privacy.

Here’s the first picture I took with the new Droid.

Checking out my new Droid

What wen’t wrong? Well, people couldn’t hear me on phone calls. That’s a pretty big deal-stopper. Then the on-screen keyboard stopped recognizing the spacebar. Then the back button in the fixed toolbar at the bottom of the screen stopped working.

Now I’m getting all kinds of newbie questions, all over again.

I have accidentally added two Maps icons to the main desktop. How do I get rid of the extra one? Everything I try just gets me more icons on the desktop.

Update: Erik Neu provides the trick for getting rid of icons.

Next problem. Not sure if Lookout is bundled or if I’m getting this because I had it installed on my previous Droid, but I don’t remember the password, and it’s in the “Ongoing” section of the Notification dropdown menu, and near as I can tell there’s no way to get rid of it. Pretty insidious.

True story: I had about 15 minutes to kill in the Verizon store, so I played with their cell phones. The first app I tried out on the Droid was porn. Really skanky shit. :-)

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10 Responses to “My Droid gave out”

  1. Erik Neu Says:

    Sorry to hear that, Dave. So far so good with my T-Mobile myTouch. For the 2 maps icons–select one of them, long-press, and drag to the trashcan icon (a trashcan is what the app slider turns into when you long press).

    For the privacy…it’s too late now, but you would want to do a Master Reset before turning over your phone to Verizon. (http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=73f508895e7e0687&hl=en). Of course you should change your Google password, if you haven’t already.

  2. darrenkeith3 Says:

    Nice photo with the Droid.

  3. Kevin C. Tofel Says:

    Part of the old Droid’s “personality” should actually transfer over. Once you’ve signed in to Google with the phone, all of your personal data from Gmail, Contacts, Cal, etc… should come down, as should all of the apps you installed. It’s not a complete clone of your old phone, but should save a ton of time.

    That’s likely why Lookout is running — it would have been reinstalled during the new setup process. Should be able to hit Settings, Applications, Manage Applications to find it and uninstall it.

    Good on Verizon and good for you that they gave you a new one!

    • Dave Winer Says:

      All my contacts were fine, as were many of the remembered settings, like email addresses I had entered previously. I’ll look into the Apps Manager to see if I can get rid of Lookout.

  4. Guy At HockeyBias dot com Says:

    I am thinking of getting a Droid; have you heard of many people with similar troubles. Thanks!

    P.S. Your ‘link blogs’ were a major inspriation as to the design of http://hockeybias.com! 🙂

  5. teachj Says:

    That was not the droid you were looking for. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  6. Matt Says:

    Any plans to write a letter to verizon about getting your data off the old phone?

    Screen shot of email to Steve Jobs at Apple

  7. Pedro Santos Says:

    Sorry to hear that your droid was giving you problems
    To stop that background proccess you can always download appkilller from the market 🙂

  8. joekr Says:

    My sister’s Droid had a similar issue. It resolved itself after a factory reset. I’ve noticed that quite a few issues like that get resolved with a factory reset.

    (I used Astro’s App Manager to backup all the apps to the SD card. And then did a factory reset, installed Astro again, and re-installed all the apps. The whole process took about 5 minutes.)

    p.s. My Droid had an issue with it’s headphone jack. I took it to the Verizon store, and they swapped it out too. It was painless and they did not hesitate at all in giving me a new one.


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