Why I Ordered an Apple iPhone 4, and Didn't Get an Android

I'm mad at Apple right now. I'm tired of their creepy corporate behavior and the way they ignore me. Now would be a perfect time for me to stick a fork in Apple's eye and go buy an Android phone, right?

But I'm not doing it. I've been sucked in by the Apple gravitational field again. I ordered an iPhone 4 yesterday.

Curse you, Apple, with your passive-aggressive corporate culture and your seductive, wonderful products!

Comparing Specs

I've been thinking hard about switching to Android. That platform is starting to look pretty sweet -- particularly the HTC EVO 4G, available from Sprint. The specs look roughly equivalent to the iPhone 4, and in the few spots they're different, the EVO wins. Compare the iPhone 4 specs with EVO specs:

The EVO has a bigger display, 4.3 inches compared with the iPhone 4's 3.5" display.

You can set the EVO up as a Wi-Fi hotspot, which is particularly attractive to me as the owner of an iPad Wi-Fi, but not the Wi-Fi+3G model. With the EVO, I could get a wireless connection on my iPad anywhere I can find a 3G or 4G signal.

Corporate Culture

Another vote for EVO: I like Google's corporate culture better.

Early this month, I asked whether Apple is evil. I concluded they're not -- but the company is definitely creepy. People who deal with Apple seem to commit suicide, they get their doors knocked down by the cops, they get arrested, and Apple censors its App Store.

Apple hardly ever responds to my inquiries, and when they do, it's almost always with useless information, delivered too late. It's a universal complaint of the journalists and bloggers who write about Apple.

Google is a much more attractive company. It has its own problems, most notably ongoing privacy concerns. But on the whole, they're trustworthy and ethical. And they also get back to me.

So now would be a perfect time to switch to Android, right?

Not for me. I ordered an iPhone 4 yesterday. Here's why:

Why I Didn't Switch

It's smaller. Especially now that I have the iPad, I like a smaller phone, one that takes up less space in my front pants pocket. The EVO is 4.8" x 2.6" x .5". The iPhone is 4.5" x 2.31" x 0.37". The Android weighs 6 ounces, the iPhone 4 weighs 4.8 ounces. The bigger display on the Android is nice, but now that I have the iPad, it's not as important to me as it would have been a few months ago.

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