Thought this was a funny observation about the equally frustrating but different aspects of owning Android phones and iPhones.
Coincidentally, I spent about half a day last week upgrading to CyanogenMod (@cyanogen), which is still the closest thing to running vanilla Android if you’re not rocking a Nexus One or Nexus S. The latest version, CM7, is based on Gingerbread 2.3.3.
I haven’t noticed many differences in Gingerbread, other than the browser is wicked fast, but CM7 is very slick as usual. Kudos to that team for an awesome rom.
The upgrade experience is very Android, i.e. I had to backup, factory wipe (which isn’t as easy as you’d think), load CM7, then restore application and system data. Since Froyo, if you enabled a new device with your Google Account, all the Android Market apps you’d previously downloaded, free and purchased, came down like rain from the cloud.
Not so this time. Guessing here but, it only seemed like a third actually made it, and the Android Market has an incomplete history of the apps you’ve downloaded. So, I had to go off memory, which makes a service like AppBrain even more valuable.
I wonder if this is a Google problem or a modded phone problem. Can’t be user error