I Finally Broke Down And Bought An iPhone

Well, I finally broke down. I got an iPhone 5 yesterday.

As any regular reader of my blog knows, I thought about getting an iPhone for a while now, but I’ve fought the idea of not having an actual physical keyboard. However, my HTC EVO Shift 4G was getting older and fewer and fewer smart phones had physical keyboards anymore (yes, Greg, I know some Blackberry models have them, but I’m not interested in a Blackberry). I just decided to break down and get an iPhone 5.

Of course, this decision was not made in a vacuum. Of course, I blame my wife.

My wife had a newer HTC (no physical keyboard). She had gotten a glass of iced tea at home and left it on the table when she got up to do something. As one might have expected (though my wife apparently didn’t), one of our cats knocked the glass over. I suppose I should feel lucky that it didn’t get her laptop, but it did get her phone. The phone still worked and we managed to get all of the apparent water out by leaving it in rice overnight, but we knew it was only going to be a matter of time until the water we couldn’t see corroded something and the phone crapped out. My wife insisted on a new phone.

As you might expect, she’s been wanting an iPhone as well. However, her contract isn’t up for a few months and we would have had to pay full price. There was no way we were doing that. She had the safety plan, though, and suggested we pay $100 to get her a replacement HTC. However, I know full well she’s still going to want to pay the $200 in a few months when her contract was up to get an iPhone and sooner or later I’d break down and get one too. $400 of eventual cost for switching to iPhones is less than $500 of her getting a replacement now and then us switching later.

As such, I had to get an iPhone and give her my old HTC EVO Shift 4G. It may not have a physical keyboard, but though my iPhone is taller and wider than my HTC EVO Shift 4G, it’s actually half as thick and much lighter and thus fits in my pocket better. Of course, I made the salesclerk shut off auto correct before I left the store. I had no desire to participate in this.

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About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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1 Response to I Finally Broke Down And Bought An iPhone

  1. The keyboard isn’t as impressive as the T-Mobile G2’s; there’s a nearly useless d-pad on the lower right corner that’s a bit stiff and seems to lack a center press function. We’d rather that space had gone to a right shift key and arrow keys. Tactile feedback is good despite the relatively short travel today’s tightly designed phones demand, and we appreciate the @ symbol having its own key and the “.com” that’s only an Fn key press away. Complaints aside, it’s one of the better Android keyboards on the market.

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