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A new phone: Terrible timing?

So my AT&T con­tract is up this month and I’m con­sid­er­ing all my options for my next PDA. My Black­Ber­ry has been slow­ly dying on me, and I’ve not been hap­py with it.


It’s prob­a­bly no sur­prise that I’m a big fan of Android—it is pro­duced by Google — so ide­al­ly I’d get an Android device next.

How­ev­er, I’m not ter­ri­bly inclined to switch to T‑Mobile; their net­work is small­er and not as robust in all loca­tions. And the G1 leaves a lot to be desired, so I’d rather wait for the next iter­a­tion. But how long will that be? Hard to say, though they may have a new, awe­some device soon, so it may be worth wait­ing.

I had also men­tioned that AT&T would like­ly be pro­duc­ing Android devices, but that dynam­ic seems to have changed some­what: I sup­pose because of their ties with Apple and the iPhone, they’re not keen to pro­duce any com­pet­ing devices cur­rent­ly. And I can under­stand that, though it’s unfor­tu­nate.

It does seem like I’d be join­ing an active com­mu­ni­ty though. :)


An iPhone would be a sol­id choice, and I cer­tain­ly think the devices deserves (most of) the acclaim it’s been get­ting, but I’m not switch­ing from one pro­pri­etary mobile device to anoth­er. Even if it is Apple. I’m also not impressed with the inabil­i­ty to run back­ground appli­ca­tions, and while jail­break­ing the phone would open up a lot of extra func­tion­al­i­ty, I’m not inclined to do that. I don’t want to sup­port Apple by buy­ing their device if I don’t actu­al­ly sup­port how they design their soft­ware.


So my two choic­es feel like this: Get an iPhone (and pos­si­bly jail­break it) or switch to T‑Mobile if/when they release a sec­ond (slick­er-than-G1) device.

Are there oth­er choic­es? Which do you think I should do?

Please stop pretending any operating system “just works”

Ubun­tu­cat » Blog Archive » Please stop pre­tend­ing Win­dows “just works”

As a mat­ter of fact, com­put­er prob­lems exist­ing has lit­tle to do with what OS you use. I’ve seen Mac own­ers com­plain about var­i­ous Mac prob­lems and Lin­ux users com­plain about var­i­ous Lin­ux prob­lems. There is no such thing as “just works.” Win­dows does not just work. Mac OS X does not just work. Lin­ux does not just work.

The only way around this I can see is a rede­f­i­n­i­tion of the phrase just works. Here’s my new work­ing def­i­n­i­tion:

Fill-in-the-blank oper­at­ing sys­tem has caused me per­son­al­ly (and no one else nec­es­sar­i­ly) few­er prob­lems than oth­er oper­at­ing sys­tems I have used, and when I do encounter prob­lems, they are ones I can tol­er­ate and not big enough for me to aban­don this plat­form for anoth­er one.

As some­one who works in tech sup­port, I can say that this is def­i­nite­ly true. It’s pret­ty much a lev­el play­ing field with regards to the prob­lems you will encounter.

For me, GNU/Linux is free, has a more con­sis­tent user expe­ri­ence, and has a great com­mu­ni­ty in which to play a part (e.g. seek­ing the inevitable sup­port, learn­ing more, con­tribut­ing your­self). That’s what gives it the advan­tage over Windows/OS X in my book.