We’ve all heard the stories of people switching vendors. Scott Bourne was noted for his switch from Canon to Nikon. Friends and family often talking about switching from Ford to Chevy, or from Coke to Pepsi, and even *gasp* switching from PC to Mac. As I find myself moving more and more toward Apple products I contemplated making another switch – from Verizon to AT&T. You see, my contract with Verizon was due to expire soon, and I would then have the choice (and choice is a good thing) to move however I want. For me it was a tough decision for a number of reasons:
- Many of my friends in both IT and the creative fields own iPhones…and not being able to do some things with my phone that they could do was aggravating.
- I also did not enjoy having to walk around with two devices – my 1990’s flip phone and my iTouch. I wanted to unify everything under one umbrella
- However, getting the iPhone meant going to AT&T. I’ve had Verizon service for many years now, and while talking to any support staff anywhere is not my cup of tea, Verizon has rarely given me any reason to call. From what I understand of previous experience with AT&T, there are often reasons to call…
- I know this was covered just yesterday on the blog, but the lack of Flash support on Apple products is troublesome. While I understand that things change – I need a new phone now. Given Apple’s “heel digging” on this subject, and the impending release of Flash support in conjunction with Google (Adobe and Google working together..wow!) made the Android OS a palatable option. Plus, HTML5 is readily going to be accessible under both if it ever becomes finalized (you know it’s just a specification right now…right?)
I was also a little less than enamored with the public image Apple has had recently what with the whole fiasco of the thundering police in the case of the iPhone 4 beta product that they wanted back (see video here about it). That compiled with the fact that Apple has admitted that they changed their SDK to specifically exclude developers from using Adobe products when working on iPhone development. This is like telling a photographer to only use a Canon or one particular set of cameras to take pictures. That was the icing on the cake for me. The end result? I got a Droid!
I’ve already set up a website where I am sharing my experiences with the Droid so far – mostly it’s been pics (kind of an abbreviated 365 project). Feel free to stop by the site where I am trying to post a photo a day from the Droid. It’s at www.mydroidpics.com. I’ll also probably start throwing in a few commentary type posts periodically about new apps and features as I discover them…
So, I’ve made the switch. From flip phone to smart phone! And the solution for me was:
THE MOTOROLA DROID!
What kind of phone are you using? Is it a smart phone? Is it a Droid or an iPhone? What things do you like/dislike about it? Sound off in the comments – I’d love to hear what others are thinking about the smart phone fad! Have a great weekend and keep on shooting!