When the original iPhone was first introduced, I was a BlackBerry toting loyalist. Using a BlackBerry is addicting, and it was easy to turn my nose up at the the gimmicky touchscreen device from Apple. I didn’t get it, and didn’t think it would work.
I was wrong.
The iPhone pretty much changed the landscape, and my appreciation of the device has grown substantially with every new iteration introduced. So much so, that I have actually considered (gasp!) getting one. If you knew me back in my BlackBerry days, you will understand how momentous this is. The iPhone might have the best specs wall-to-wall, and it looks HOT.
And now we have the iPhone 4S.
I had long since decided that it would take the perfect storm to nudge me towards iOS.
- I would have to be able to get administrative rights on it. I would need Cydia.
- It would have to outperform my current device/platform by a good margin.
- I will not change carriers for it.
Other trivial drawbacks like expandability and no removable battery are not necessarily deal breakers, but they did make my choice easier to make.
With the latest iPhone supposedly set to be released on each of the Big 4 American carriers, one major self-imposed limitation will be gone. And I am looking. Hard.
Beautiful, sleek hardware. Unlimited software. Accessories for days. What is not to love? You just can’t go wrong with iOS. I’d have just about every app I have on Android, and then some. Did I say accessories?
But I am not sure that I am willing to jump ship from Android just yet. And my reason might be considered to be fairly benign.
It no longer has anything to do with my initial gripe (cloud computing). Apple has done good with iOS5 and iCloud. I wish there were more free options, but iCloud is a better reincarnation of MobileMe, and nothing is ever truly free except Salvation.
At the end of the day, it has to do with the scourge of my XP existence: iTunes. I abhor iTunes, and I truly hate the dependence on it to get iOS devices to work. I understand that it a very necessary part of the ecosystem, and it is an innovative hub of content, but I would hate the fact that for the most part, I would have to need it.
That’s my reason. It may sound a bit fickle, but I am a smartphone user, and technology fickleness defines my generation. I reserve the right to change my mind at anytime.
What about you?