This is the Droid I've been looking for

So you can get an iPhone 4.

It will be elegant. It will feel good in your hand. People will look while you use it. They’ll ask how you like it.

It will do almost everything for you. You can talk to someone and find a restaurant at the same time.

Really.

Do you not know where the restaurant you’re going to is? In Champaign-Urbana? Srsly?

Thanks, Tim Borbely, but I’m sticking with my Droid. Like you, I’m hooked. My addiction is just to a different product.

I have an iPod and an iPod Touch. They both serve their functions perfectly, except that I rarely use either of them any more. My Droid will do almost everything they will, just as fast if not faster, and with no interference from Apple.

I want an app from the Android Market? I just download it. There’s no signing in to iTunes, the biggest resource hog on my computer.

There are security risks with apps from the Android Market. If you’re not paying attention when you install an app, that’s your fault. But hey, some of those iTunes apps crash. I’ve seen it happen.

I wish Google Calendar was a little more elegant. Heck, I wish the Palm Desktop worked with my Droid. The Palm Desktop still is the best calendar/contact/notes app I’ve seen. But I use Google Calendar at work all the time. I make a change on it, and it’s on my phone.

If I had it to do again, I might not get the Motorola Droid. I might wait a little and see what other Android-powered phones there were – although that can be a quicksand all its own: what phone might be available next month? – and I probably would pick a different model. But it would be powered by Android. Great operating system. I’ve tested three different Android-powered models. Android works. The apps work.

If you like the iPhone, heck, get one. It has great features. I have twin nephews, who own iPod Touch models with the front-facing cameras, and they showed me FaceTime, which lets you do video calls via wifi. Very cool app. (But the picture-in-picture is about the size of a dime. My eyes are pretty old. Not sure I want to put that kind of strain on them, when there’s Skype and webcams to be had without using cell minutes.)

Some folks have suggested that getting the iPhone 4 is not as smart as waiting a few months to get the iPhone 5 when it comes out presumably in the summer. That old argument again. What do you gain by waiting, and what do you lose?

My phone is eligible for an upgrade in a little more than a year. I’m willing to bet that whatever Android models are available then are going to be better than what I have now, which is already pretty great.

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