Sprint gets the Iphone 4S & the inner battle begins

Let the inner battle begin…. but first a little back story.

I won’t lie, it going to take a certain amount of restraint for me to not go and order an Iphone 4S. My company uses Sprint and has for 10 years. My smartphone progression when from Nextel based Zach Morris-esque Blackberry 7250. That handcent was durable, reliable and boring but compared to the ic850 flip I had before it I thought it was the best thing in the world.

Speaking of world, I then moved to the sleek Blackberry World Edition 8830. That was a great all around Blackberry. It has style, was sleek and was also durable as all hell. I dropped that thing a variety of times and it never gave me issues.

However that didn’t stop me from upgrading once eligible to a Blackberry Curve 8330. For some reason it seemed a little more ” fun “. My 8830 was doing what I needed yet I had an itch to replace it. So I did. I had my Curve just over a year when I heard of the new WebOS OS and the Palm Pre. It was exclusive to Sprint, WebOs had multitasking, music, video, apps, both a touch screen AND a tactile keyboard. One afternoon I stopped by my local Sprint store just to take a look and play with it. ” Wow ” I said, ” this thing is quick and has some nice features. ” The clerk nodded and smiled, ” how is the battery life? ” I asked him? ” It’s not the same as your Curve but it decent. ” to which I replied, ” can we check if have an eligible upgrade?” I walked out with my new Palm Pre and a smile on my face.

Fast forward a couple months and I seem to find myself planning my days around when I will be near electricity. The battery life was tops 5 hours with the daily usage I was putting the my new toy. If I didn’t charge after lunch it would make it until I left for the day. To add insult to injury the little tab that covers the charger port was a pain to open when I was in the car and desperate to get a charge on the fly.  I call Sprint to voice my displeasure and they tell me about the touchstone charging pedestal. For the backing plate, charge pedestal it was more than I care to spend for a charging solution.

Christmas was approaching and my sister in law pulls my name for our gift exchange. I tell her I would like the Touchstone. She get for me. I am stoked this will be the answer to my problems. It is not. I grow more increasingly frustrated with the battery woes of the Palm Pre.

One day I am on lunch and I am on youtube and I search Iphone vs droid x. In the related videos and one with e preview of the HTC EVO 4g. I watch it. Halfway through I virtually have all but decided that I am going to get it. ” When does it come out? ” I ask myself. June 4th. Now I know there is light at the end of my Pre tunnel. On June 3rd I call to confirm that the local Sprint store is opening early for the release. They are and I am excited.

As I was waiting to speak with a clerk I was thinking back to my Nextel Blackberry and how many devices I had upgraded to. I said, I think I have finally found a smarthphone that will not be outdated in a new york minute and once that has everything I need. An hour and half later I was holding my new EVO 4G. I loved it. Yes it was bigger than most smartphones at that time but I got used to that. I was amazed at the volume of apps in the marketplace, and the ability to customize my themes, the front and back facing camera and so much more.

That gets me to where I stand tonight, typing this. I still love my EVO. It has been solid. Battery life is not perfect but much much better than the Pre and truthfully I don’t need to change or upgrade. Yet I find myself fighting an inner battle. A voice in my head says, ” go tomorrow and buy the iphone 4S, you have an upgrade you know you do…” and I do. But sometimes it is better to leave well enough alone.

I struggle as I now have a MacBook Pro, an iPad as well as an ipod touch. At the time i purchased my EVO I had only the iPod. The notion of iCloud being able to sync across all devices seamlessly is  appealing. Also, Siri is very interesting. I have been amazed that Apple has managed to tackle voice dictation sooner. I use my voice to text function on my EVO daily. I know there is Dragon dictation but that is not like having a little microphone integrated right onto the native keyboard.

The iPhone non tactile keypad in my opinion is much more responsive than that of the HTC sense and Android 2.3 that I run on my EVO and not having to doubletwist to sync my music would be nice. For the last week since the announce I have gone back and forth. I have played devils advocate for both sides in my mind.

For now I can only guess how the future tell how this will play out and whether or not I stay with the EVO or go to the iPhone 4S. It is tough being a little compulsive and switching as frequently as I have. Don’t get me wrong I know other who change smartphone more frequently but it really is an inner battle.

 

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Fear of change: G Plus and the Facebook Faithful

I will admit it, I have been spending far more time on G+ than on Facebook. The environment on G+ is so fresh, so new and so appealing to me. I keep telling co-workers and friends, ” think of it as Facebook meets Twitter meets LinkedIn. ” The standard response is, ” I don’t know… I mean I have a gmail but everyone I know is on Facebook.”

In most cases that is valid point for sure but what I am really loving about G+ is that I don’t know the people there. I am meeting new people with similar interests and sharing information on this familiar yet new environment. The content on G+ is so robust and my stream is percolating with valuable activities that I find myself not having enough time to stop and appreciate everything being shared.

The power of content sharing was demonstrated to me today with one viral video. This video when I first saw it at 8:10AM EST had 943 views on youtube according to the view counter on my droid. It was shared to my on G+ and viewed it on my Evo while in the drive thru for my Dunkin Coffee fix. By the time I arrived at my office it had been shared from the original post I saw nearly 50 times. Now at 4:00pm EST is has been shared 151 times and has just north of 150,000 views on youtube.

It is touching video that would have gained traction in my opinion but the speed at which it did was remarkable to me.  What stood out to me was I first saw this video first on G+ not Facebook.

I still scratch my head when people that I ” know ” know are not willing to give G+ a try. I am always joking that it is either fear or laziness. Perhaps both… For most Facebookers they fear change and for the good, bad or indifferent they are faithful. One part of me understands, it has been their home for years and they like it and is familiar with people they know. The other part of me thinks they are missing out being a part of some unique and fresh. I was NOT and early adopter of any previous social platforms. Actually I thumbed my nose at them. In hindsight it was lack of understanding and fear that I was too old for Myspace or didn’t need Facebook so it would be unfair for me to live in a glass house and throw stones.

I am really fortunate now that my job requires to me keep myself abreast to the happenings in the social space and for that reason I found G+ and wholeheartedly jumped in feet first.

The concept and experience of hangouts is so new that I am still getting confortable with it. I have participated in a bunch now. Through these face to face interactions I am actually meeting new people. The notion that I have face to face dialogue with others with similar interests from my office, home, in the car on my droid is very appealing and I do believe that once some of the Facebook faithful start to transition over they will start to see G+ for what it is. Something new and unique.

For me thus far, it has been the perfect blend of networking, content sharing, branding and more. In my limited opinion it also may represent the future of peer to peer, business to business and business to consumer interactions.

Competition is good. Google + is keeping Facebook innovating and vice versa. As the user volume on G+ continues to grow and we start to see more than just early adopters and the who’s who of digerati. At that point, everyday Joe’s and Jane’s will also start to see the benefit of the entire Google + platform. I imagine those with a fear of change including the Facebook Faithful will, like me love everything G Plus has to offer. I look forward to being both a participant and bystander to the show.