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I've been an Apple iPhone user since the first version was released in 2007. I upgraded to an iPhone 3GS when it was released and I've been immensely happy with the device for three years. But that's all about to change as I'm switching to Android.

I ordered an HTC Incredible nearly a month ago and have been patiently awaiting its arrival. With the Droid X announcement I decided to cancel my Incredible order and wait a little bit longer for a device with a 4.3 inch screen. While I continue to wait for July 15 - the date the Droid X becomes available on Verizon - I want to talk about why I'm switching to Android.

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on July 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM. It was filed in the following categories: Android, Personal, Mobile & Devices. It has been viewed 52678 times and has 7 comments.

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  1. Nice post. Makes logical sense to me. However, I have been using gmail, apps, analytics et al for several years and I feel uncomfortable putting every egg in the Google basket. If nothing else I want to spread things out a little. BTW What happens when the iPhone becomes available on Verizon on their "Pandora" network? Do you think you'll stick with Android? BTW I am not an Apple fanboi and I don't own a mac. I use linux on the desktop and server as well as windows when necessary/requested.

  2. @Ryan - Very good point about putting all your trust (and data) in Google's systems. It's a tough choice but as I said in my post I try and use the best software I can find. Google fits the bill in many cases. I use Gmail for personal e-mail and business e-mail, Google Calendar for personal and business scheduling, and more.

    While I've chosen to put many of my eggs in the Google basket, I'm also backing up my data in places other than Google. I'm using Backupify to backup Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail, as well as a local e-mail client for e-mail backup. In short you do need to be careful and cover all your vulnerabilities.

    I really can't answer the question about the iPhone and Verizon. I believe the iPhone will eventually be on Verizon and then even more choice will exist for consumers. Whether I'll still with Android when that time comes will depend on where I get the most value, the most choice, and the best experience.

  3. Let me preface my comments by saying I hate AT&T. Not because of their service, per se, but because of their customer service and business practices.

    That being said, I switched to AT&T a few years ago. Maybe it's the area I'm in (Sacramento, CA), but I rarely drop calls. I know quite a few AT&T users and only the iPhone users complain. I've been left with the impression that this is the fault of the iPhone radio, not AT&T. I had the same experiences with the Compaq IPAQ and it was so bad I fought AT&T for a year before they finally gave me a Blackberry (yes, gave it to me and let me keep the IPAQ), which I replaced a few years ago with an even crappier Windows Mobile phone.

    With the advent of Android, I've been getting more and more excited. Not only is it open, but it offers the usability, flexibility and customization I've come to expect from my technology platform. I've held onto my crappy phone for a long time because I haven't seen anything which motivated me enough to spend hundreds of dollars on a new device. Android has changed that, and I believe the Android OS is set to become the primary OS choice for the mobile computing platform for many years to come.

    Apple had a good run, but again their huge egos and their lack of foresight will prevent them from staying a market leader.

    Which brings up my next question: When will we see an Android-based iPod competitor? ;)

  4. james

    @TJ Downes, yeah, android is definitely here to stay since it is adopted by most manufacturer without the overhead licensing costs. I would applause them for accept a standard platform, by getting the app working across the handsets is important for developers so that they could just focus on hardware and we develop mobile apps. These are of becoming similarly to PC manufacturer, Linux/Windows and Software Developers analogy. More good years ahead!

  5. Love my Droid. Didn't want to switch from Verizon, and the Droid made great case to stay. You'll love it Bro.

  6. You won't regret it, had my Droid Incredible since it launched, love it! Thinking of getting the Droid X for myself and giving the Incredible to the wife. :)

  7. I wanted the get the Droid Incredible but since I was already on the Sprint network and I had heard of something called the "EVO" coming down the pike so I decided to wait. My wife in the meantime upgraded to the HTC Hero and at first I was incredibly jealous. I had a Palm Centro and it simply didn't compare to the Hero. The HTC Sense UI on the Hero was amazing.

    I bought the EVO on the first day it was released and I strongly believe they should have sold little capes for this thing. Wow what a huge screen, 8MP camera (plus a smaller front-facing camera), mobile WiFi hotspot ability, Android 2.1 (with Flash Player Lite)...I'm more like a small tablet than a phone but I love it. The Droid X is similar so you'll love it too.

    Side note: As far as open vs closed, I just switched my ColdFusion back-end (for my Flex front-end) to Railo which supports AMF3 remoting and I love it. Free, too ;)