So a week ago I made the jump. My Verizon two-year contract was up, so I could get a good deal on a new phone. And – maybe more important – could leave Verizon, which I have come to regard as an evil corporation. And my friend Bob Lantis convinced me that T-Mobile had better rates – and just as strong a signal as Verizon. (One of the factors keeping me with Verizon was the local maxim that “In these mountains, Verizon is the only game in town for signal strength.”)
It maybe should have given me a signal that Jason (the champ) and Melissa (also nice) at the T-Mobile store were both android users and at several points shrugged their shoulders and admitted that they just didn’t know some stuff about iphones. And Melissa, who came in halfway through the sale, at one point asked Jason, “Why are you putting him in an iphone?” “Because that’s what he wants.”
So now, after eight days of iphone use, here are my take-aways:
– I don’t know if the iphone is better or more intuitive, because I stuck with my Google apps (contacts, calendar, gmail, chrome browser),
– the iphone ways of handling these familiar apps continually frustrated me – “Where’s this?” “How do you do this?”
– I want my android back. In fact, I have now gotten it back. Today I went to T-Mobile and got the spiffiest new Motorola android. I already like it a lot. Jason took great care of me – not only very customer-oriented, but very technically savvy. And he knows and likes Androids. The phone he sold me is the one he uses.
– T-Mobile and Verizon both charge you a $50 “re-stocking fee” for returning a phone, because they can no longer sell it as new. My new phone cost $20 more downpayment than the iphone did, but costs $10 less per month – that’s $120 a year. (I know you knew that, but I felt a defensive need to emphasize it.) Bob put me on his plan, so my monthly rate is half what it would otherwise be – and way less than I was paying at Verizon.
I honestly think that I will never again wish I had an iphone or think that I’m missing out on something. It was worth the $50 to get unhypnotized.