If you’re the owner of an HTC Wizard mobile device (Qtek 9100, I-mate K-Jam, T-Mobile MDA Vario, Cingular 8125, Orange SPV M3000a, and more), then you may have discovered one of the few design flaws of the device: the fact that the stylus, after a few months, stops staying in the body of the phone. It’s a bit disconcerting to go to pull your stylus out and find that it’s not there anymore.
I’ve seen lots of people posting on the Net about it, and there have been a variety of fixes and work-arounds posted. Some people wrap the stylus with Scotch tape, thus making it a bit thicker. Other brave souls have opened their devices up and fixed the liner that causes the problem. I found a third solution that seems to be working for me, and since I haven’t seen it anywhere else, I figured I’d share it. And for the faint of heart, it requires no alternations or additions.
My tip is very simple: extend the stylus to its full length before putting it back in the slot. Yup, that’s it. The stylus on these devices telescopes slightly. For whatever reason, it fails to grip fully if I collapse the stylus first; by fully extending the stylus, I can get it to make a solid contact inside the case and not fall out.
As a note, not all the cases are alike. My wife’s Cingular 8125, for example, has a nifty ridged lip design that helps hold the stylus in place from the top. I don’t think she’ll be suffering from this problem.