My Htc Hd2 died yesterday. Stopped booting up completely and even the hard factory reset would not fix it from freezing and then sticking during the bootup at the stick together screen; how appropriate. Being a T-mobile customer and knowing that they would get the iPhone soon it was very difficult for me to spend the money for a new phone but the alternative was unacceptable. So I opted for the Samsung Exhibit to get me through the next couple months. I paid the full price, $299 + tax and will receive a $75.00 check eventually for my defunct Hd2.
After working with the Android OS for only an hour I wrote to a friend and told him that if it were not for iCloud I probably would not bother with an iPhone when they arrive. All I really have been using my phone for was calls and hotspot. I have the wifi only iPad 2 and I had switched from my iPhone and ATT account back when I bought the original iPad because it made no sense to me to pay for cellular internet twice and my T-mobile account was $50 less per month and included unlimited data; such a deal! I was in such a hurry to get the hotspot enabled phone I neglected to pay attention to the phone’s OS and so I’ve been saddled with windows mobile. This is not the first time I let myself leap blindly into something and certainly won’t be the last. I will also mention that at the time I bought the phone the one thing I was careful to ask about was the early termination fee. I was told by the salesperson that it would be pro-rated even after only a year if I decided to switch carriers and that I would only have to pay half the $200 fee after 12 months. I even asked a second time to be sure. I should have got it in writing.
Android was bound to look good after 16 months of windows mobile but I never expected it to look so good. I’m not going to spend any more time singing its praises or going into specifics. I’ll just say that if iCloud were not on the horizon I wouldn’t have any reason to buy one before my contract is up. I’m sure there will be other incentives that will surface when the phones are officially released and I absolutely will be one of the first, but in the world of mobile phones the Android OS is surprisingly competitive with iOS. It’s a little like watching a pitcher’s duel in Baseball where both sides are hitting homeruns to different parts of the yard. I will always root for the Home Team though which for me will always be Apple.