My coworker, who I fully take credit for convincing on buying the Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, and I were chatting late yesterday. The conversation went like this:
Me: Have you noticed that your relationship with your cell phone has changed since you went from iPhone 3Gs to the Android?
John: Yeah, actually it has.
Me: I treated my iPhone sort of like a mini computer, and now I seem to be treating my Android more like a phone.
John: That’s really interesting. I actually seem to be treating my Android more like a computer, and I treated my iPhone more like a friend.
… More like a friend. What a great way to describe it. And he was absolutely right.
What Friends Do For You
The interesting dilemma I faced was that the Android technology was fine. It’s adequate. It’s a replacement that “will do”. The iPhone experience was something that made you do things better. You didn’t have to consider the “how” – it just understood what you wanted to do and helped you make things happen… sort of like an old friend.
So now what?
Well obviously since I’m in a 2 year contract with T-Mobile I’m not going anywhere. This was a great learning lesson for me in two ways:
- I still haven’t come to a conclusion yet, but I have been forced to reconsider whether or not the compromise of terrible phone reception was worth having “a good friend”.
- Because I’m treating my Android more like a phone, I’m finding myself to be much more engaged in the physical present. This was an unanticipated nice surprise, which I’m sure my friends are also thankful for (instead of looking stuff up all the time at dinner, because I could).