You probably know by now that attendees of Google IO last week received a surprise gift, the HTC EVO 4G.
Thank you Google.
My wife was in shock that I got not one, but two phones for attending IO. Great, right? This makes a lot of sense for Google, since they need more Android developers and evangelists for their mobile holy war with Apple.
What better way to recruit them than by giving away a fantastic phone, possibly the best Android device to date.
I’ve been using my EVO for a couple days, and I’m ready to jettison the iPhone. I know, hard to believe.
My reasons are financial more than functional. Surprised?
- My iPhone is an OG model, and as such, it won’t be supported or updated once iPhone OS 4 drops.
- I don’t particularly want to pony up for a new phone because I just recently poured another $200 into Apple.
- The OG iPhone was an awesome device, three years ago. I’m ready for more.
- Portland is one of the few cities in which Sprint has 4G service.
- I can stay out of contract.
You’ll notice I don’t mention any of the geeky hot button issues like having Flash or not, closed vs. open development, which carrier is best, CDMA vs. GSM, etc.
None of those is enough to make me switch, assuming relative feature parity with my existing OG iPhone.
I suspect that most smart phone buyers will follow monetary reasons first, too.
Obviously, this gives Android devices an advantage over the iPhone. There are more of them, e.g. Google says they are activating 100,000 Android devices each day, they are available from more carriers, and they can be bought at a range of price points.
As more people jump from “just phones” to smartphones, Android will benefit.
When I switched from my Motorola Razr to the iPhone in 2007, I remember thinking what a huge leap forward it was. Paul had the same feeling, as did a ton of people. Of course, this was three years ago, and there was only one phone that gave people that feeling.
Now, there are dozens.
I seriously doubt that the average person buying a smartphone cares about closed vs. open development. All s/he wants is a Facebook app, maybe a Twitter one, music, etc.
I’ll post some EVO thoughts tomorrow. Maybe Rich and Anthony will add theirs. If you’re interested, Louis Gray is apparently among the converts too, thanks to the EVO.
After WWDC, it’s really going to get interesting.
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