I recently made the move from the iPhone 3GS to the HTC EVO with Sprint. There are plenty of articles out there comparing Apple’s phones to those running Android so I will leave any comparisons out of this post and stick to the problem I was trying to solve.
As I was learning the nuances of Android, I ran into an issue where any time I plugged in the phone via USB to my computer I could no longer use any phone applications that needed to access the SD Card. What perplexed me was that I was choosing, via HTC’s Sense UI popup, that I only wanted to charge the phone. What was even more frustrating was that any time I wanted to listen to music or watch a video from the phone’s SD Card I would have to unplug the USB cable. I could not charge my phone while using the applications I wanted to.
After looking through multiple settings on the phone, trying to find the cause of the problem, I finally stumbled on the cause and solution. I had, upon purchasing the phone, installed doubleTwist as my media player replacement. What I had not realized is that doubleTwist has an option to auto mount the SD Card any time you plug in a USB cable that is attached to a computer. As soon as I changed the setting in doubleTwist my problem went away. So what setting do you need to change?
Open doubleTwist on your Android phone. Open the Menu and choose Settings. Under the Settings look for Auto USB drive and uncheck the box. This should prevent doubleTwist from auto mounting your SD Card when you plug in your Android phone via USB.
Just thought I’d post this for anyone else having this issue that plans on having kids and is using the iPhone OS 3.1. My wife and I both have an iPhone 3G and I updated both of our phones to OS 3.1 the day it was released. We are now getting random iBSoDs (Black Screen of Death) where hitting the home button and/or holding the lock button does nothing. We have to do a hard reset holding both the home button and the lock button for about 10 seconds and then the phone will reboot.
Well, I’m a pretty patient person and can hopefully wait until they release a fix for this, however, today at work I realized that my leg and nether regions started feeling hot, really hot, and that’s when I hurried and pulled my iPhone out of my pocket. As I grabbed it, it was so hot that it nearly burned me through the Rebel Serpent case I have on it. I tried to hit the home button to try to see what was going on and it turns out I was getting the dreaded iBSoD. I had to do a hard reset to get it to respond. I had fully charged it the night before and had it unplugged and on only checking my email occasionally, but after the restart I was down to 26% battery life. In total, it was maybe 2 hours after being unplugged that it was at 26% battery life. I’m guessing some background process (some people are saying the battery life issue is caused by Push for emails being on) got stuck running like crazy in some infinite loop that caused the non-responsive phone, the battery drain, and the almost sterile male.
I tried to call iPhone technical support but sat on hold for so long that I was afraid that I’d either burn my ear off or end up looking like Two-Face. Until they get this fixed, I think I’ll stick with using the speaker phone feature. I think I’d rather have my face than a bunch of money from a lawsuit, but that’s just me.
Anyone else having this wonderful experience? Is there an iPhone OS 3.1 please don’t burn my face and/or leg petition somewhere that I can sign? Post your feelings on iPhone OS 3.1 in the comments.