My third Nokia N900 lost the ability to recognize a SIM card recently. And the usual home repair tactics (bending the SIM, adding padding between the SIM slot and battery) had no effect. I tried a cold reflash to no avail.
So I went back to my previously-trusty Nokia E71x only to find that the infrequent odd behavior it had been exhibiting (mainly going unresponsive when I needed it most) has now become the norm. The little thing spends most of its time now in a coma and requires measures just short of serious abuse to awaken. Factory reset didn’t help there, either. It’s also not a mobile computer.
I’ve been blessed with Nokia N8 and E7 devices thanks to Nokia’s Developer Champion (formerly Forum Nokia) program, but those ended up in the hands of my two young sons and good luck getting either back. Despite adult reviews to the contrary, my teenagers love the things (their friends are actually jealous).
So I need a new phone. Fast.
As I wrote yesterday I am (almost completely) enthralled with the MeeGo-ready Nokia N9. Not the drama developing around it, for sure, but the device itself.
But it’s not out yet, and even if/when it’s made available I don’t expect to see it in the US any time soon. Nokia apparently has a similar handset in the wings meant for Windows Phone 7, and it’s clear now that the two products will be launched in mutually-exclusive markets. Even if the N9 makes it to the US, I won’t be able to afford it thanks to a severe reduction in salary since falling out of the Nokia nest and I doubt I’ll see this subsidized (although there are rumors of an AT&T offering at some point).
I’m tempted to turn to the AT&T store to grab something there. In fact I even went so far recently as to purchase an HTC device, but the server choked on my order. There’s some karmic irony in that, no doubt.
There are still some legacy Nokia phones gathering dust in my house. My oldest son has an N93 that was never used since Nokia inexplicably chose to support T-Mobile bands but not AT&T’s. I also have an E70, which I believe Nokia should resurrect with some modernization. I think we have an old candy bar or two lurking somewhere as well.
I really, really miss using my N900 though. Regardless of its faults, toting a mobile computer with cell radio capability worked best for me. Hmmm… maybe what I really need is one of those N950 developer devices…