Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Phone vs Phone

I'm counting the days until April 22. What is April 22? It's the day that I qualify for a new phone with my wireless carrier. I currently have a Blackberry and I HATE it. Oh sure, almost 2 years ago when I got the phone, I believe I blogged about it being the best thing ever. I was so excited to have it. It could do everything, or so I believed. I soon learned that it's cumbersome to use and it has quirks. It freezes on me from time to time. The track ball sticks. The case smells like turkey burgers. Okay that's a very recent event as I had it in the kitchen with me when I was cooking dinner Sunday night. About a year ago, I had decided that the moment Verizon added the iPhone to their lineup, I was going to own one. Then I met Anthony who designed apps for Android based phones so I was introduced to a whole new world of phones, because he always had new phones that he was testing. It changed my thinking. The Android platform is very impressive and my friends Dan, Steve and John all have Android phones and they like them. They seem to function similarly to the iPhone, but they are more customizable. Then I got my iPad. I love my iPad. A lot. It does all the great things I'd like a phone to do. It's intuitive and super simple to use. Using it has given me a preview of what it will be like to use an iPhone. But...here's the twist. Apple has released a new version of their phone each year. All signs point to the iPhone 5 coming out this summer. But, if I want the most current phone, I would have to wait until maybe June or even July, which would mean another 2 - 3 months with the Blackberry. I don't think I can do it. And there's no guarantee that Verizon will even have the iPhone 5 at the same time as AT&T. I don't think I'll wait. I think that if I go iPhone, I'll be satisfied enough that I've dumped the Blackberry and enjoy it, even if a newer one comes out a couple months later. I talked to someone at the Apple store, he said "you're always going to be behind a generation because you're under a 2 year contract. A new phone will likely come out during that time." True. I posted on my facebook page that I was counting the days, and contemplating Android vs iPhone. I got lots of votes for both, but nobody actually stated their case. What are your experiences with these phones and why did you choose the phone you're using now. If you're using an iPhone and wish you had an Android, why would you switch? And vice versa. Make a compelling argurment for your device.

8 comments:

Joy said...

I LOVE my iPhone and had a BlackBerry before it. Also am on Verizon. I can't compare the Android because I've never had one. The iPhone is great. There are apps for everything. I put all my medical information on it and play games and all kinds of neat things that you know about since you have an iPad. Let us know what you decide.

Jimbo said...

Joy, I remember when you got your Blackberry, we got our at around the same time. I recall that you were fond of it at the time. Perhaps your affection faded over time, as has mine?

I just had to reset my Blackberry again (battery pull). I'm so tired of this. Can't wait. Thanks for weighing in. xo

janet h said...

haha i like the countdown! anyways i actually thought about getting a blackberry...hmm but thanks for sharing your thought! good luck on getting the new phone! :) xoxo

Ashley said...

Personally I don't think it's about the phone it's the person. I know iphone lovers android lovers and blackberry lovers. The iphone is very user friendly if you're an average joe go iphone. The android is also user friendly but I'd recommend it if you're a little more tech savy. It has extras like sending videos and pics to your tv through the internet that require tech knowledge. Also android has more apps available then iphone but if you just want it for basic smart phone purposes it doesn't really matter.

Blogger said...

Ive had a blackberry for the longest time, and I am considering getting an iphone4 but not sure if an android phone would be better. any tips?

Kammy said...

I have an Android device (the droid x frim verizon!) I was so excited about this phone when I got it then I realized the more crap it does the more it will screw up. Haha. Don't get me wrong. I still love my phone but the constant force closes on apps that I like to use, the freezing, the updates everytime I turn my phone off and on I'd enough to drive me crazy. No matter what you get there will always be something bigger and better. Now that the iphone its on verizon will there even be a difference?

rhonda said...

Jim, did you decide on an iPhone or a droid? I have a droid and like it very much, but there are some iPhone apps I would like to have. I just moved to Austria, so right now, all I have is a cheap prepaid phone that I can use to talk and (somewhat)text.

behemorph said...

I currently have android X and my girlfriend has the new i phone in comparison they are very similar with a few not so noticeable difference such as iphone you can make files that link to certain aps...and on the androids camera is better and screen is bigger(dependeing) so i know a bit any questions i hope ill be able to answer