Neither of my spare Evos has ever been activated as a phone. I carry one as a camera and use the other as a music player and GPS. The screens are most definitely unlocked.Someone had posted that Android phones will not let you unlock the screen if they can not activate. Probably only under specific circumstances but I don't know enough to gamble.
Nice find.It will soon have 64gB (or more) of flash memory in it. I'm a little undecided on that front. CF cards give better battery life, but are more expensive per gB than using a SDXC card + CF to SDXC adapter.
The cheapest reputable 64gB CF card (Kingston Ultimate 266x) is $50. The cheapest reputable 128gB CF is $140 (Lexar 800x). On the other side a 256gB PNY Elite SDXC is $90. The CF to SDXC adapter is $18. At 64gB I'd go CF. I don't really know the hit in battery life for the mini. I've only seen data on the Classic, which admittedly is a different model.Unless the price delta is significant I'd go for better battery life. So you'll rip out the 4GB HDD and replace with CF card then?