Here I am, at the dawning of an imminent release of a new smart phone by my cell phone carrier. I’ve been contemplating getting one for some time now and the new one that’s being released looks pretty interesting. No, it’s not an iPhone. Those are exclusive to the AT&T network, to which I’m not connected. I could change, I guess, but I don’t want to. Because I don’t really want an iPhone. Why? Well, let’s say it’s for ideological reasons. I’m just not very wild about the fact of having Apple controlling what I can or can’t do (not that they don’t already, since I own an iPod). Yes, I know. I can jailbreak it. Although, that just seems like a giant hassle, and again, it would just piss me off having to bypass something that shouldn’t be there in the first place.
So, the phone I’m talking about is the HTC Magic which uses the Android operating system. On the T-mobile network it will be called “MyTouch“, a horrible name, leading any clean mind with pure and innocent thoughts straight down into the sewer. But despite the name, it looks like a very compelling device. It’s already been out for a while in Europe as I understand, but is just now coming to the US. It’s got all the good stuff that you would expect from a smart phone. Camera, touchscreen and access to thousands of apps on the Andriod Market. There are of course minor issues that would annoy the bejezus out of me too. And they are really minor, yet just as annoying as that STD you got on your happy fun trip to Thailand last year. There’s no official Facebook app!! Apparently there’s a pissing contest between Facebook and Google about some advertising deal that went sour. Not sure what, but who cares, right? Give me my Facebook app!! That’s of course just one of the things, but there are more, I’m sure. And things like that just have a tendency to turn me off and scrap the whole idea of getting a smart phone altogether.
The biggest drawback however seems to be that whatever phone I eventually end up getting, is not an iPhone. I guess what I’m saying is that I want the best of both worlds. The multitude of apps on the iPhone married with the openness of Android. I would also like to see unicorns rule the world, but that’s a whole other issue.
The final hurdle is the creation of the need. Basically, injecting an artificial need to have a new gadget (in other words being an American consumer), justifying it by claiming one’s life depends on it, while being perfectly happy (most of the time) with a simple phone that “only” makes phone calls. Moving from a regular flip to a smart phone is a big deal. It’s a one way street really, and I’m fully aware of that. Once I go there, there’s no turning around and going back. I can’t go back, from a Ferrari to a Trabant. I will be stuck. Updating my Facebook and Twitter statuses constantly like all you other junkies out there. I’m just not sure I want to go down that path. Just yet.
The internal struggle rages on.
So, unless I suddenly change my mind, or flush my stupid flip phone down the toilet, I’ll keep being uncool. I won’t be updating my Facebook status constantly. I won’t be finding the closest and highest rated Chinese food restaurant in 10 seconds. And I won’t let you track me wherever I go on Loopt.
I’ll just continue being disconnected. With a dumb phone.