I'm a Droid X owner whose phone was recently updated from Froyo 2.2.1 to GB 2.3.3. This created a problem because of the way contacts are managed under GB 2.3.3. The problem is so serious (for my needs) that I may have to switch to a different phone system.
My question concerns whether the change to contacts management is unique to Motorola's implementation of GB 2.3.3 or whether it is common to all versions of GB 2.3.3. If the latter is true, then I will be forced to abandon Android entirely. I do not want to have to do this!!!
I'll explain what happened under GB 2.3.3 that broke its contacts management for my application. Then I'll ask for users of stock Android 2.3.3 to check their Contacts app to see if it is the same.
After the update of my Droid X to GB 2.3.3, all options were removed for local-only in-phone contact storage. Under Froyo this was the "Phone Contacts" option at Contacts menu > More > Settings and Contacts menu > Display group. The Motorola implementation of GB 2.3.3 on a Droid X no longer has these options (see Contacts menu > More > Settings > Contact storage and Contacts menu > Display options).
Under GB 2.3.3 it appears that the user is being forced to store their contacts externally either in a Google account or the Verizon Backup Assistant (the latter is a "strange" choice for a primary storage location). This won't work for me because my situation requires that all contacts are stored and managed locally in the phone.
I need for someone with the stock version of GB 2.3.3 (on any Android phone) to tell me if the local-only storage option ("Phone Contacts" or equivalent) is missing, too. If it is, then this change must have been created by Google and it will make Android unusable for me from 2.3.3 on.
If stock GB 2.3.3 still offers a local-only storage option for the contacts, then I hope that a stock version of GB 2.3.3 can be installed on my Droid X via one of the available hacks. Your advice would be appreciated.
Kind regards, Dr01dX