Resistance Is Futile

I’ve long been fond of my status as a “vendor-neutral” blogger.  Shortly after beginning this blog I realized that it’s not the camera that makes the photographer good, it’s who’s behind the lens that matters.  I’ve got many friends who are Nikonians, others who are Pentaxians, and even a few Olympains out there.  The camera doesn’t matter.  I still shoot Canon-centric gear…

Equally, I’ve worked my way up the heap in a predominantly Windows-world.  Beginning with Windows 3.1, 3.11 for workgroups, then on to 95, 98, the worst idea ever – Millenium, then on to XP, Vista (a.k.a. Windows 7 beta), and finally to Windows 7, I’ve become intimately familiar with the inner workings of each of these operating systems.  During that time I also became pretty familiar with Apple systems:   Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, and today’s Snow Leopard.

Last but not least, my phones started with the LG Flip Phone, before I migrated to a Blackberry, then an  HTC.  On the heels of that, I’ve also used the Samsung, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid 2, and last but not least, the Motorola Droid X.  This past weekend, I finally caved…

iPhone 4s

I now am the owner of an Apple iPhone 4s.  The circle has been completed – working from home primarily on an Apple Macbook Pro, an iPad 2, and now an iPhone 4s – this Windows certified technology geek is now pretty much an Apple fanboy!  I gotta admit – it is pretty cool gear!  I do still work with Windows systems, primarily XP and 7 (along with the server equivalents), and am still pretty well-versed on the Android systems as well (I did a roll-out of over 250 phones on my last contract job including Windows Mobile, Android, Blackberry, and Apple devices.)

I’ve resisted the single-source ownership of computing devices for as long as I could – but the deal was just too good to pass up (psst…thanks Verizon for being out of the iPhone 4….the 4s is a great device at the discounted rate I got!)  Why did I switch?  Touch screen more than anything else.  Every smart phone I’ve had (primarily the Motorolas), the touch screen has lost sensitivity to the point where I have found it difficult to even unlock the phone or answer a call.  My upgrade window at Verizon kicked in Jan 1st.  I debated long and hard about it as the iPhone 4 was a $100 upgrade cost, and the iPhone 4s was a $200 upgrade.

After trading in my Droid X and an old iPod Touch, I had about $94 in credit due…so figured for $6, I could try it once.  A visit to the store and I was told that the iPhone 4 was out of stock – would I be interested in the 4s?  Well sure, but I had not intended to pay more than my original upgrade cost.  Well, Mr. Anderson, since you’ve been a faithful Verizon customer for so long, let’s see what we can do.  I walked out of the store with the 4s for $6!  Sort of a no-brainer…

Are you resisting the trend?  What are your platforms?  Am I joining your fold or have I betrayed the open sourced cause?

4 comments for “Resistance Is Futile

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    a 4s for $6! you would have to be a real ‘died in war’ type windows fan boy not to snap it up. like you i have spent most of my life in the microsoft camp, i remember thinking DOS 5.0 was a revolution. i was the first cohort in our school to be offered computer studies and spend 3 years programming in basic, i was sort of aware that window’s 3.11 was ‘similar’ to the os apple (or macintosh) had out there but at that point i was in the work place ant it was all IBM’s running microsoft.
    I used a really old macintosh a few times (old girlfriend has one), i haven’t a clue what model it was; a monochrome display, 14″ish display all in one system with a 3 1/4 floppy drive under the screen.
    Other then that brief taste of apple i used every version of windows and still do.
    That changed a little at the end of 2009, i was made redundant and not only did they want the car & the phone back they also wanted my lap-top! (how cheeky) i decided i was going to work for myself for a while and needed a lap top so i bought a 13″ macbook pro. i had taken a bite out of the apple brand the year before with an iphone 3 and loved it. i now do most of my work even editing on the mac (updated hard drive and ram) but still with over to a window 7 machine for any serious pixel pushing.

    I consider myself on the fence and in neither camp, i use the mac because it is laptop but am as happy on a pc. i own, shoot and love my canon gear but have used and am happy to use nikon. The only line i draw at the moment is that i couldn’t see myself letting my iPhone go.

  2. Robert Todd Wilcke
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    I have been thinking about it too but haven’t switched for the simple fact of battery life. I use my phone heavily and love being able to take the battery out.

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    Its the best phone ever made!! Sensitive screen and smooth interface!! Very intuitive! :)

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    After 15 years of using Windows, I converted to Apple about 18 months ago. I now have an iMac and iPhone 4 and haven’t regretted the move. The system is so much reliable.

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