My sister has a Palm Treo 750 phone and recently it has been unable to reply to messages. She has also deleted old messages but in her inbox there are a bunch of blank squares and when you click on them the said deleted messages are there. I really hope you can help because I am no good with phones.
A year since the latest post in this thread? Really?
I have an iPhone 4s for personal use (and love it), but I've been saddled with a Blackberry Curve at work for the past year and a half. I just had the opportunity to swap that for a new Windows Phone and I am digging it so far. I had Pocket PC and Windows Mobile devices for years before eventually throwing in the towel and buying an iPhone, so it's cool to finally see for myself where Microsoft took their mobile platform.
I think with the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango release, Microsoft has largely caught up to Apple and Google. I like Microsoft's take on what a smartphone interface can be. It may not have the extensive app library of iOS, nor the level of customization you can squeeze out of an Android handset, but neither can touch its notification system and deep social network integration. Not to mention that having a functional Microsoft Office Mobile suite is awesome on a device I will be using for work.
I will also say that lacking a huge library of native apps has not been the drawback I thought it would be. Most of the websites I frequent have pretty decent mobile versions now, so I'm wondering whether I actually need as many "apps" as I currently have cluttering up my iPhone. Any mobile device with a decent HTML5 web browser will suffice for about 80% of what I do on a smartphone, and IE9 performance was smooth and snappy.
What Windows Phone does have is plenty of games, paired with phenomenal Xbox Live integration. We've seen Apple gradually draw mobile gaming onto the big screen with Apple TV and Airplay, while Microsoft is drawing console gaming into the mobile space with Windows Phone. Both concepts are in their infancy, but it will be interesting to see how this develops.
Would I give up my iPhone for this? Probably not. But I've always been in favor of supporting multiple platforms, and I will enjoy carrying both devices. They actually complement each other quite well so far.
I should probably add that while it'd have been nice to get WP8 on the older phones, I don't really feel like it's that critical.
They're changing to a completely different kernel, moving away from WinCE to the actual NT core, so it's not just an incremental upgrade to WP7. Windows Phone 8 requires significantly better hardware, including NFC and other things that all current WP devices don't have, so even if you could upgrade, you wouldn't get a whole lot out of it.
WP7 will be getting an update to 7.8, which will bring pieces of 8's experience down to WP7 devices (mainly the start screen's new customization options), so we aren't being completely left in the dust.
Personally, I was already planning on buying a new phone when 8 shipped, since I have a Trophy, which was shipped well before even the Mango update, so it's really as bare-bones as it can be, and I'm coming due for a new phone anyway.
WP8 is starting out at a better place than WP7 did at launch, since all WP7 apps will still run on WP8 devices, so the marketplace doesn't have to start over from scratch again. Beyond that, with WP8 being much closer to desktop/RT Windows 8, it'll be pretty easy to port apps both ways, so effort put into one platform will be easy to translate into results on the other.
tldr: Yeah, I wish they'd have spoken up sooner about this (though that would have killed Nokia's Lumia launch, and quite possibly Nokia itself), but the picture isn't as bleak as it looks.
OK, I have a quick question/concern about an android device (which I think there should be an "official" thread of).
I have a droid 3, running on Android 2.3.4 (the most up to date I've heard it can be without rooting it) and I use it as my mp3 player. The problem is, the stock music app on the droid 3 blows. I installed a third party music app (doubletwist), and it was great... until my phone started deleting music randomly. It would come up with the error saying it was an incompatible file and then next time I would start the app, the song (or whole album/artist) would be gone. I uninstalled doubletwist, formatted my memory card, tried a different memory card, even factory reset my phone, but it still does this whenever I put the music back on.
I figure there might be someone out there who has also had this problem and/or knows vaguely how it came about on this site, so here I am. Any help would be great!