OK. I'm in the market for a new phone. It's been a long time coming and I've spoken about it before, but it's creeping up even closer and I have to start seriously thinking about it. So, for that, as for most things, I need to turn to the wisdom of the Internet.
I currently have an iPhone. I was excited for the Apple press conference because it was rumored to show off the iPhone 4.0 software. It was rumored that we'd hear the iPhone was coming to Verizon. Neither of these things turned out to be true, so now I'm finally going to be free of my AT&T contract, and there will be virtually no chance that I'll resign. I don't care if the 4.0 iPhone does multi-tasking. I don't care that I'd suddenly be able to send and receive picture messages. I don't care about either of these things because no matter what phone I get, I'll grab that functionality. So it's not a pro-iPhone argument.
What I care about is that I refuse to pay AT&T money any longer. So that pretty much rules out the iPhone. (I know I could unlock, but I'm not sure if I'm willing to go through that.) With that in mind, I really do want my next phone to be an Android device. Besides my comfortableness with Google, I think they're pretty good phones in general (but my uncertainty with specifics is the reason behind this post, so...) and I want to support the open system.
That leaves me with a plethora of options, though. I had T-Mobile's service before deserting them and I've heard nothing but good things about Verizon, so I'm open to either providers. None other than Linus Torvalds just recently had good things to say about the Nexus One. I've been drooling over the Motorola Droid since its release. This doesn't even mention the Devour, the MyTouch, the Dragon, the Legend, the Passion, the Incredible and all the other rumored releases that we don't know enough about yet.
In my last post I mentioned that having a physical keyboard was a big sticking point, but the more I've thought about it, the more I've realized two things: I think I'm on the losing side of that battle, and I might as well just concede that battle now and get myself used to a virtual keyboard. (Although the rumors of a Nexus sequel with a hard keyboard kind of make me want to sacrifice everything else.) Two, no physical keyboard is ever going to match up to my Sidekick II, and I'm bound to be disappointed if I try.
Looking back over my past list, it's fascinating to see the way the list of what I"m looking at has changed in a mere six months. And I know that's usually going to be the case. Which is why, as a last note, I'm thinking that I'm eventually going to have to either just pay full price for a phone, avoiding the contract, or settle into the idea of paying Early Termination Fees.
Any ideas from anyone with an Android phone would be welcome, but, of course, I'm more than willing to hear feedback from anyone, regardless of Android ownership.