Jul 12 2010

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Why I Turned In My BlackBerry and Went Android, and I love it

So for those that know me, you all know that I have been a long time BlackBerry user. I’ve been through four devices in the last 5+ years and I have loved my BlackBerrys over the years. Last month, I left all of that behind and deiced to jump on the Android wagon and got a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide. This so far has been a big change for me but, one that I am still very happy with. So why did I leave my BlackBerry behind and move to Android? I wanted something new. My BlackBerry Curve 8900 was over a year and a half old and was due to be replaced. I loved the device and very much considered upgrading to the Bold 9700. The main reason I didn’t stay with BlackBerry was the lack of what I saw of innovation for the future. The BlackBerry is a great platform but, it hasn’t changed much in the 5 years I’ve used it. Sure there have been system updates but, the OS still very much is the same as it was. That’s where Android interests me. Android is 100% Open Source and thanks to the new App Inventor launched today by Google, anyone can write their own Android App. This is what makes me feel that Android is where the mobile phone platform is moving.

Several of my friends have already asked me why I didn’t get the iPhone 4 which came out roughly the same time I got my MyTouch 3G Slide. There are several reasons why I didn’t get it. 1.) It’s only on AT&T. I’ve had T-Mobile for almost 10 years. AT&T doesn’t come close to offering the same service I have now. 2.) iOS is a closed platform. You are locked to only getting your apps from the App Store and only those apps approved by Apple. 3.) The device in my mind is restrictive. There is only one model to pick from and all you can choose is the size. Don’t get my wrong, the iPhone is a nice phone but, it’s not what I am looking for.

I read an interesting article today on All Things Digital by Louis Gray entitle,  Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android. Though I left BlackBerry behind instead of an iPhone, I think the comparison is still very similar. I want something that will continue to grow and be developed. Something that even I could create my own app to do what ever I need it to do. I need a phone that I can truly make mine. So for those looking for a new phone, get an Android. You won’t be disappointed.

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