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:

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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!

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!

12 thoughts on “Making the Switch…

  1. I have an iPhone 3G and AT&T coverage is poor and I work in NYC! Live in metro area!!
    But it is rarely used as a phone, my work blackberry will serve for mobile comm, ipad will be my mobile ‘net & reader. Reading both ebooks and online such as this site
    .-= Photo1017´s last blog ..Nature 2010 =-.

    1. Thanks for the reply – can you tell me, how does the site display on the iPad? I’ve not had a chance to see its performance yet and don’t know if it’s pulling the “WPTouch” version or the full version…

  2. As a former network engineer for Sprint, AT&T, and finally consultant to US Cell I’ve got a pretty good idea of network coverage. For years after resigning from AT&T I kept one of their phones handy. And then, while on a cross country tour a few years ago I figured something out. Network coverage was dismal outside of certain areas. AT&T’s approach is simple. Dump money into advertising, and ignore network infrastructure. I ran into that problem often when I was an engineer and engineering executive with them.

    So I switched to Verizon. Several former co-workers (a lot) jumped ship from AT&T and ended up back with Verizon. They’ve got the best network out there (from a coverage and engineering standpoint). And let me tell you, I would love an IPhone, but not on AT&T’s network. So the decision was pretty simple.

    For most of 2006 I traveled with my Airstream from New England to California and back again. And early 2007 I was on the road as well. Coverage for my phone? Yup, found it everywhere I was with the exception of national parks, but I totally understand that. And since my cell phone is my only phone, I need coverage.

    If Verizon ever gets the IPhone, I’ll get one. Until then, my Blackberry Pearl works great. I am very curious about the Droid now Jason. Just tell me when you tether it to your computer and use it for internet access. That feature would save me a few bucks and make the switch to the Droid appealing.
    .-= Rich Charpentier´s last blog ..Challenging yourself photographically and missing the mark =-.

    1. I’ve yet to play with it to the degree where I am trying to use it for connecting my laptop to the internet. It’s 3G service seems to work well for its own purposes, and I have been able to do the following pretty well:

      • Use the nagivation (via GPS)
      • Post to my blog (www.mydroidpics.com)
      • Use the voice-activated Google search (very cool!)
      • Use Twitdroid to connect with friends and colleagues on Twitter
      • Skype-to-skype Mobile (although I am cautious about this as I don’t want to use the “phone” version of skype and rack up charges)
  3. I have to admit I am someone who does NOT drink the Steve Jobs cool-aid. When the Macs first came out, I had one and my wife had a couple when she had her ad agency. They crashed all the time like the PC’s and so I just never went to them. Two months ago I switched from an older flip phone on Verizon to the iPhone on AT&T because the place where I became a CTO at was a total Apple shop. I will say that the iPhone has been much better than the little bit older flip AND the service has actually improved. Don’t know why that is because AT&T doesn’t have the best reputation in my area either. But, the service and the device work fine. Apps on the phone? Well, how many do you REALLY need? Let’s face it – the ones you use most probably work on both platforms, so the iPhone becomes just a statement. I needed to make it – I did. It’s a tool.

    I understand, but do not agree with Jobs stance on Adobe AND Flash. I think it’s a stupid position. One that would show much more intelligence is an approach that SOLVES the perceived (and real) problems with memory and bugs as well as the battery drain issues by working with Adobe. Instead, it is the arrogant position that he has taken that will cost us a TON of hours as photographers. If you have a sophisticated site, you have to dump Flash and cobble together some untested HTML 5 (which is not supported by all browsers) OR go to jquery and javascript to really have your images show well. Does he realize how much time this is going to cost us? Guess not…. and THAT’s my beef with Apple.

    P.S. The iPad is a game changer for content. If you have not tried one, go to an Apple store. But that’s a whole other post, isn’t it Jason?
    .-= Dave Warner´s last blog ..What Does Your Portfolio Say About You? =-.

  4. Peter Witham says:

    I have both an iPhone 3G and a Blackberry, given the avenue Apple seems to be steering toward I have to say I agree with your choice. My contract was up late last year and I really have yet to decide if My next phone will have and I in front or not. Apple needs to change it’s attitude before it wins this user/developer over for another contract regardless of carrier.
    .-= Peter Witham´s last blog ..Rock N Roll =-.

  5. I’ve had my 1st generation iPhone for over 2 years now and love it. After using my iPhone for 6 mos, I switched from PC to Mac. I love how I can automatically sync my phone and computer using MobileMe. I love all of the apps that I have access to in iTunes. I’ve honestly had no problems with AT&T, my service or Apple with my iPhone. My husband has the Droid with Verizon. While I haven’t played with his phone much, I haven’t been very impressed with it. When I ask him which is better, he’ll tell me hands down that he’d rather have an iPhone (his is a work phone). The only complaint about my phone is that the camera is lacking. It’s a first gen though, so I know that’s something that has improved as well. It’s time for me to upgrade and I’ll be waiting to get the new iPhone 4G when it comes out. Phones though have gotten so advanced now, I really don’t think you can go wrong with most. I just prefer the iPhone.

  6. I had a Blackberry Pearl with (F)Alltel. I do not consider it to be a ‘smartphone,’ but a complete failure as a device in general. (No fault of Blackberry. (F)Alltel spec’d their Pearl as a steaming heap of rubbish. Verizon’s Pearl seems to be fine.) I switched to T-mobile and ordered a Nexus One sight unseen.

    I despise AT&T’s practices and policies, and I am coming to loath Apple’s “Empire”-like stance. I am almost ashamed to have bought a 5th generation iPod years ago.

    I like T-mobile. I’m very impressed. I like the Android phone because it’s *MY* phone!

  7. I switched from Verizon/BlackBerry to AT&T/iPhone a few months ago. Even with the extremely crappy network I still think getting the iPhone was the best decision I’ve made in a while. I still hate AT&T though… with a passion. But I wanted an iPhone so I had to switch back. But this is my opinion never having played with a Droid. In the long run I will probably end up with a Droid (in a few years) or whatever comes after the Droid on the Android platform. But in the short term I just really like the iPhone and very happy I got it.
    .-= Terry Reinert´s last blog ..STS-132 : Space Shuttle Atlantis =-.

  8. I too have an iPhone and love it, but as with you, I struggle with the Apple stance lately. The holier than thou attitude is getting old. I even understand their pursuing legal action against someone purposely buying “stolen” property, but the lack of Adobe Flash and exclusion of the developers is childish. and let’s face AT&T’s coverage and service isn’t the best.

  9. Love my iPhone but it turns out I need the phone more than the ‘i’ Going to switch back to Verizon when my contract is up.

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