If anyone could help me, I might just give you my first born! I'm distressed, frustrated, and desperate... The other night I was on my iPhone (3GS) and it just shut off. I tried to manually turn it back on but nothing happened so I plugged it in. When I plugged it in, all that happened was the white apple appeared and stayed put. I tried holding the power button and home button to reset and it did...but then the screen prompting you to connect to iTunes came up. Once I connect to iTunes, it states that the iPhone is in recovery mode and must be restored. When I unplug it from a power source, the screen goes black and until you hook it back up to a charger, it stays that way. I have tried over and over to try to get it back to normal without restoring it. I have majorly fallen behind on backing up (yes, hard lesson learned and trust me, I will now back up regularly)...but I have many pictures, many paid downloaded apps and songs, contacts, and sentimental messages that it just kills me to lose. So I ask you Apple geniuses out there if you know of any tricks or even remote possible fixes that I could attempt before succumbing to restoring the iPhone to factory settings. I will try anything to save what was saved on my iPhone.