Yesterday I bricked my phone.
I bought a HTC Dream on an Optus plan the day they released it in Australia. Out of the box it was awesome, pretty much everything I wanted out of a smartphone. But as time passed, the Cupcake android release became widespread, and Optus lollygagged about pushing the update out to their users. One by one my favourite applications released updates that made them incompatible with my phone, until eventually I gave up and found a good guide on rooting G1s.
With an up-to-date firmware and Market Enabler to get around Optus’ other major problem of not making paid applications available, I was in smartphone heaven. That was until I heard wind of ROMs based on the Android 2.1 release (as seen on the new Nexus One handset) running on the G1. It looked like it might be fun to try, so off I went.
One of the steps involved in initially rooting a handset involves loading a new SPL to bypass region checking and enable booting unsigned ROMs, so I’d done it a couple of times before and was fairly comfortable with it. Unfortunately, newer builds need the Haykuro SPL, which is supposed to be more aggressive with how it deals with the internal storage space (leading to more size for bigger images), but also kind of dangerous. I double– and triple-checked everything, but still seem to have screwed something up flashing the SPL, and now I have a phone that is basically dead. The 1st bootloader screen comes up, but I can’t get in to the fastboot menu or the recovery image. My poor little momo (my computers are named after Samurai Champloo characters) was no more.
Luckily my birthday was yesterday, so I don’t feel too bad about treating myself to a new phone. After a morning of reading reviews, I think I’ve decided on a Motorola Milestone. I’m a little wary of Motorola — my last Moto handset was an absolute disaster, and working for a mobile communications company means I’ve had a chance to tinker with newer Motorola handsets that were similarly disappointing. But the Milestone seems to be a very impressive and solidly-built phone. The jury is still out on whether the Milestone or the new Nexus One would win for Best Android Phone right now, but I for one am swayed by a good hardware keyboard.
So, momo is dead, long live… uh… momo?