Hah...yeah. So, I got my Bionic yesterday morning, took it home and started immediately working on xferring all the stuff from my Moto Droid over to my new phone. Everything worked fine. After doing that I started taking a look around the phone, balked at the tremendous amount of bloatware, and started working on re-installing my apps. Once again, everything was fine. After doing that, I started on getting my Amazon apps on my phone. Once again, everything started working fine. I connected it to my computer again...and that's when I realized something was up.
Every other time I connected the phone to my computer it came up with two new drives; "Removable Disk ( G: )", which only contains a DCIM and LOST.DIR, and "MOT ( F: )", which contains everything else. This time around, both drives were labelled "Removable Disk". At this point I already knew something was wrong. Upon clicking "Removable Disk ( F: )" I was greeted with "Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk ( F: )"
Baffled by what was going on I tried rebooting the phone. After getting back to my home screen, I noticed my 3G indicator at the top had switched from white, to light blue. I opened my app drawer and was horrified; all my apps that I had just downloaded were gone. Not at all on my phone in any way, shape, or form...or so I though.
Just to see what would happen, I went ahead and tried playing an MP3 from my phone. When I tapped the song, rather than simply opening directly to the stock audio player, it asked if I wanted to use stock, or PowerAMP; which, at the time, according (literally) to the phone, did not exist. Already knowing I'd have to perform a reset on the phone, I went ahead and tapped to play on PowerAMP...and unbelievably, it worked fine.
Once again, I tried rebooting the phone. This time, my apps did show up...but not installed, at least not properly. Rather than displaying the apps own icon, it showed the generic system file icon (the one with the gear and applet), likewise in app management, which still wouldn't allow me to uninstall or move because the apps "Did not exist".
At this point I gave up. It's a new phone so I didn't want to attempt anything on my own just yet, so I gave Verizon a call. After trying the standard procedures, he finally decided that a reset was necessary. So I went ahead and tried doing a soft reset through the Privacy menu...which got me nowhere. Upon confirming to erase all data on my phone, the device started to unmount the internal memory...and never stopped. It just kept going, while the tech support agent had already wiped and re-activated their Bionic.
Obviously, at this point, the only thing that would be able to get this thing working again would be a hard reset. After doing that, and getting things working again, it seemed to be A-OK again, apps downloaded fine, USB mass storage worked fine, drive F was once again MOT. So I started reinstalling my apps. First from the standard Marketplace, and then from Amazon Appstore. After this, I once again rebooted my phone, and when I got back to my home screen...there was the blue 3G symbol up top...and I already knew the problem recurred.
Now...the tech agent and I have no idea what is causing this; whether it's an individual app I'm downloading, or if it's something to do with the Amazon Appstore. All my apps come from either Amazon, or the standard marketplace; I don't trust 3rd party apps...well spare Amazon Appstore.
It may be worth noting that every time I reboot my phone while effected by this blue 3G thing, a different selection of my apps will/won't be displayed.
At this point it's getting frustrating. I'm in love w/ the phone (even with the bloatware) while it works properly, but it's getting harder and harder to keep that optimism up when my phone requires a factory fallback every time I reboot it.