I tried rebooting the phone, and then, after backing up, I restored the phone. Weirdly, this action resulted in sporadic functioning of the home button.
For some apps such as Twitter, the button worked fairly well. For others, I had to hold it down or press more firmly to get any action. There was no consistency to the action.
“It kinda works,” I told the guy.
” ‘Kinda works?’ ” he asked. “So what do you want to do?”
“I want another phone.”
At this point, I had two options: I could wait for Apple to send me a box, send the phone back to the company, and wait 7-10 days. Or I could give him my credit-card number, allowing them to block out $699. Apple would then overnight me a new phone with a return box for my defective one.
I opted for the overnight and should get it tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Part of my problems seemed to start once I loaded iOS 4.0.2. Has anyone else experienced strange behavior since the upgrade?