Oh Apple, What You Done to Me
I was one of the “early adopters” of the iPhone. In other words, I was one of the people who got royally screwed by paying $500 for the original 2.5g iPhone when a few months later the iPhone 3G came out $300 cheaper and much faster. I’ve harbored a burning desire to rid Steve Jobs’ body of his head ever since the 3G came out. I did NOT go out and buy a 3G because I have standards and was not going to cow tow to Jobs’ “planned obsolescence” and basic disregard for his users. Plus, I was broke, I paid $500 for a f-ing phone.
I’ve watched the 3GS come out, and the introduction of Google’s Android, and grumbled on and off about how freaking SLOW AT&T’s “EDGE Network” is (what existed prior to 3G service), and how Google Maps doesn’t work right, and there was no cut and paste for forever, and WHY IS THIS SHIT SO SLOW. But I haven’t contemplated buying a new phone until last month, when I couldn’t get on the Internet from the iPhone for like, 2 DAYS because I guess the EDGE network was down and no one gives a crap about the few people still on the first generation phones. I was about to do something extremely stupid AGAIN and buy a 3GS until of all people, my MOM told me that she thought a new iPhone was coming out soon. So I Googled and sure enough, Gizmodo got their hands on a prototype iPhone 4G, WAY better than the 3GS and is supposed to come out in July.
However, I hate AT&T’s phone service, and that’s the only company you can use the iPhone with. Those Verizon commercials about AT&T’s dead zones? Totally on point. Sometimes I think the only people unfortunate enough to have AT&T service are iPhone users. And I really hate Apple’s disregard for consumers. It’s like they think they’re doing you a favor by letting you buy their products. The fact that Steve Jobs apparently has it out for Adobe and won’t support Flash on the iPad or iPhone is just so prickish to me. So when I read this article about Google’s Android OS, which runs on phones that can use the Verizon network, I started to cogitate on whether or not the new iPhone is going to be better than what Google’s offering right now.
I’m sure you care about my phone preferences, but to love me you must know I’m a gadget geek. And I do NOT want to be shafted (and no offense to John Shaft) by Apple again. I know some people are evangelical about their Macs, but I’ve never found the cult of the one button mouse to be that appealing. I understand that you think Microsoft is evil, but do you not realize that Apple is JUST AS EVIL? And at least Microsoft is evil in a populist-cum-big brother way and not an elitist-cum-big brother-who-thinks-you’re-beneath-him way.
Anyway, I’m saving my money for when Apple has all its cards on the table. I do love my iPhone, but not as much as I love not getting fooled again.