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

Style. I haven't held the iPhone 4 yet, but knowing Apple, and based on photos, I expect it will be a gorgeous piece of kit. Google doesn't do gorgeous, they do useful and powerful. Often, I prefer the Google way, but with a phone, I want a little style.

Inertia. I've been using the iPhone for three years, my hand knows it very well. I have a few apps I use often, including Lose It, which has helped me drop more than 50 pounds. I'd have to start over with Android. To make that kind of switch, the new device has to be not just better -- it has to be a lot better. And Android isn't looking a lot better, it's looking, at best, a little better. Or maybe about the same.

So I was one of the legions who ordered an iPhone 4 yesterday.

Things Change

This isn't a lifelong commitment. In a year or two, it'll be time for me to upgrade my phone again, and I'll look around and see which device is best. I am not an Apple fanboy, I have no financial or emotional interest in whether Apple succeeds or fails, I just want the gear that's best for me at the time I buy it. And that's Apple. At least for now.

I may have an opportunity to regret my decision to upgrade. I've just agreed to do an assignment for Computerworld comparing the iPhone 4 with the Android EVO. While I research it, I'll be spending quality time with both devices. Could be I'll find out that I love Android after all, and I'll regret my decision to sign up for another two-year tour with AT&T and the iPhone.

My relationship with Apple is like a Tammy Wynette song: They keep treating me bad, and I keep coming back for more. Yesterday, Apple sold out of iPhone pre-orders early, after network problems blocked many users from ordering. I was one of the people who had problems; I wasn't able to order until after 11 pm, by which time it was too late for me to get my iPhone on the first day of availability next week. Instead, I have to three weeks.

Maybe I'll write a song about how Apple done me wrong. I'll write it on my iPad. There's gotta be an app for that, right?

Mitch Wagner is a freelance technology journalist and social media strategist.

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