Farewell, My Android. The iPhone Will Enter My Life
As of Feb. 10, you will no longer be my cell phone. it's not that you didn't delight me at times. You were pretty good. Fun, even. But you weren't…I have to say it: an iPhone.
Like so many people who didn't want to deal with AT&T and their derided service, I turned to an Android phone as the Next Best Thing. There are some cities where AT&T does okay. When a member of my family lived in Miami, he said service there was great. But not in Chicago, where I live. And not in New York or in many other big cities. We look at the new Verizon deal as a way to break a huge lock that was holding us back from the iPhone.
My 'Droid is two years old and its T-Mobile contract is, conveniently just coming to an end. (And cheers to T-Mobile, which was a decent cell phone company that provided crisp service at a good price.) I remember going around to events and pulling out my G-1 Android phone and feeling people staring at it, asking "What's that?" I'd explain that it was an Android phone and I'd show them the apps that it had. But no one seems to ooh and ahh over an Android the way they do over an iPhone. It's clunky and even with the pull-out keyboard, it doesn't look cool enough.
Although I tried to love the 'Droid, and downloaded some interesting and time-saving apps, I myself wasn't thrilled with the thing. First: the clunk factor. It was never smooth and slick and never slipped into the pocket of my jeans the way my husband's iPhone nestles in his pocket. (The office paid for his AT&T contract.) My 'Droid was also a tad fragile and after dropping it on concrete a few times, I got a protective case for it—several actually. Each made it clunkier than ever. But I finally settled for a red baby that at least made it look racy.Continued on the next page