I usually charge my Sprint PPC-6700 PDA Phone at night while I sleep, but I forgot to Thursday night. Friday morning, before I left home, I was able to the phone on, so I wasn't worried. However, when I got to work, the darned thing wouldn't come on. After trying a couple of things, I plugged it onto the USB cable on my desktop PC, and the phone powered on. A quick look at the battery level told me what I didn't want to know: it was flatter than a steamrolled Razr. I left it on the cable, but given my prior experiences, I didn't expect much. Imagine, then, my elation when I discovered a little later that it was, indeed charging, and I wouldn't have to go without my precious all day! In 3 agonizing hours, I was at 100%.
So what gives? Why did my HTC Apache (better known as the Sprint PPC-6700) charge from the USB cable, when the HTC Wizard (better known as the Cingular 8125) did not? Could it have something to do with the fact that my user has a Dell laptop, when Dell portables aren't known (in my experience, anyway) for having robust USB? Or could my little Apache have an advantage over the Wizard in that regard, when most people would grant the Wizard superior ratings because of its slightly larger keyboard, and lack of a chunky, black antenna?
*Interestingly enough, blogger Steve Holden found that his 8125 wouldn't charge from the AC adapter when it went flat, but charged just fine when connected to his Tablet PC.