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Apple Apostasy, Android Apologia (Or: Why I like My Android Phone)

The HTC Droid Eris gets a thumbs up.
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There. I said it.

And trust me, as a long-time Mac enthusiast, it's taken a lot for me to admit it.

But here's the thing: When I finally capitulated to the smartphone trend and went to buy an iPhone, it was really difficult. Because I don't have any credit (a tangential but equally miserable story), AT&T wanted a FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR deposit. The deposit, plus the phone, plus the service totaled well over $800.

No thanks.

So I wandered dejectedly over to Verizon to see what they might offer, because I was already on their family plan. I merely mentioned that I was considering the iPhone and they made me an offer I couldn't refuse, i.e., a considerable discount on an HTC Droid Eris and a cheaper monthly plan. Plus more dependable service. And so, without much further ado:

The Top Five Most Awesome Things About My Android Phone

Note: I tested a company 3GS iPhone for 2 months, so these are empirical, objective observations here.

1.  Money. I'm not going to bore you with the details, but it's cheaper. It just is. One of the cheapest smartphones running on Android, actually. And money matters, folks. Let's get real.

2.  Multitasking. I can hear you clamoring already: "Steve Jobs said that the next iPhone release will enable multitasking!" But where was he for the past two years, eh? Riddle me that.

3.  Typing. The auto-spell function doesn't automatically choose words for you like the iPhone. It offers choices which you can either choose or not choose. That way, I can type things like "hahahahahahah" and "Uggghh!!" if I want to.

4. Size. Granted: I find the Motorola Droid phone chunky and masculine, which might work in your favor if, you know, you're a man. But the Eris, which I have, is lighter, slimmer and sturdier than the iPhone. More pocket-able, one might say.

5: Oh, that just happens to be the number of megapixels the camera has. The 3GS has … (hence its name?) a measly three.

In short: While I do have a MacBook and an iPod (shuffle), I also like treading new technological waters. And I'm willing to take a risk on Google. They seem to know what they're doing and, to be honest, Jobs has kind of been on my nerves lately. Yes, the Android software can be buggy, especially after the 2.0 release. But I'll take bugs over a monopoly any day.

When she's not sharing her consumer-tech insights here, you can find Claire O'Neill writing about photography on NPR's Picture Show blog.

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