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March 2, 2010

So long iPhone…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jamboarder @ 12:53 pm

So here I was, an increasingly impatient AT&T iPhone customer excited to FINALLY see Android devices show up in my near future.  Along comes Apple and files this obscene suit against HTC, one of the most successful Android device makers.

Even as a FOSS fan, I held my nose and purchased the iPhone because, in my opinion is was simply the best mobile device at the time. 3 years on, weary from lock-in fatigue, my iphone still runs 3.0, still has the music collection I synched about a year ago, still has missing contacts from my address book from a botched sync all because I don’t want to fire up my 9 year-old Windows machine just to update the damn thing… Don’t even get me started with the horrendously overpriced crud that was MobileMe…  Now this.

Compete on the merits of your products, Apple. That’s what made it relatively easy to hold my nose: You produced what to me was a better product.  Even Microsoft is pretending these days to show a little humility and focus on better products.

I’m done.  Not just with the iPhone.  I’m done with Apple.  I just got a confirmation email saying my unlocked Nexus One shipped.  I have my concerns about Google as well, but I’m prepared to take my chances with them.  Apple can take its arrogant, self-righteous, “artist-produced”, my-way-or-the-highway products and shove it.



  1. Beautifully, said, Andrew!

    My sister-in-law recently gave my wife, her sister, an old (wiped) iPod Touch that she felt she no longer needed, having moved on to an iPhone. I took a cursory look at it, thinking of moving a bunch of MP3 files onto it for my wife. Naturally, I couldn’t do anything without an iTunes subscription.

    I felt so UNCLEAN, after messing with it for only a few minutes. Oh how MS must wish they’d been able to exercise such control over their environment.

    I, like you, will never own an Apple product. As with MS, Apple can ‘take its arrogant, self-righteous, “artist-produced”, my-way-or-the-highway products and shove it’!

    Comment by Steve Blass — March 2, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  2. Wise choice. Android is not the solution to everything, but it is on a track.

    If phones are the computers of the future do we really want a vendor-controlled lockin-laden singletasking everything runs as root platform as the Iphone?

    (BTW I want Meego to succeed, but first Nokia needs to build sexy devices for it. ATM the Nexus One seems best)

    Comment by Tom — March 2, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    • Nokia has Sexy devices.. ie the N900.

      Comment by JMiahMan — March 2, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    • I’d like Meego to succeed as well. And, as pissed off as I am right now, I even want Windows Phone 7 Series to succeed. Hopefully Android and Meego continue to provide significant, open source alternatives in the mobile space.

      Ugh, I’m trying to resist the urge to toss my iPhone in the garbage until my Nexus One arrives tomorrow…

      Comment by jamboarder — March 2, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  3. Reading up on those insane attempts to attack HTC by Apple.

    The Nexus One is a great choice. I bought mine two weeks after the initial release and I’ve been overly satisfied with the quality and speed of this amazing phone. Have fun with your new phone!

    Comment by Michael Gapczynski — March 2, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

  4. Well done! I’m waiting for the new Nokia Maemo-based phones based on Qt.

    Comment by Flavio — March 2, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  5. i think it’s hypocritical to criticize apple for suing over patents. every company, OSS-friendly ones included, can be implicated in the same manner. nokia is suing apple. apple is suing nokia. there’s plenty of that to go around.

    Comment by leo — March 2, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    • I criticize the impact of Apple’s action on my practical interests. Criticism is raised here because many folks, including myself, held our nose and rewarded their inventiveness by purchasing their product. The ostensible function of patents is to reward inventiveness in the service of the public good. Companies can sue each other into oblivion and I wouldn’t care except where such action interferes with the critical coincidence of my practical interests and the public good.

      Simply put, this action by Apple potentially stifles competition and deprives this geek of a greater choice of equivalent or better products. Moreover, it threatens the practical freedoms facilitated by open-source software. I have no intention of ceding any of the two preceding interests to any corporation or corrupt government, hypocrisy be damned…

      Comment by jamboarder — March 2, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  6. It’s nicer to develop for anyways.

    Comment by Lunarcloud — March 2, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  7. i’ve ordered a N900 bc , to me, it seems the best devide at the moment. fully open. awesome hardware. and built-in qt 4.6 (at least with the next software update 1.2). only it’s apparant bulkiness and rather small battery is on the downside but that doesn’t keep me away 🙂

    however, i ordered the US version and it resides at my friends place at the moment but I live in germany so it needs to be shipped.
    In your experience, what is the best(=cheapest but safe) way of shipping it to germany? it’s going to be private to private. does anyone have experience with german customs issues?
    Thanks alot 🙂

    Comment by Tom — March 3, 2010 @ 1:51 am

    • I’m not sure it is fully open (the interface is closed source) but it’s one of the most open one that I know of. Should I ever find a use for a smart-phone it will probably be a N9000 (or one of it’s derivatives) as well.

      Google is just a search engine to me, nothing more nothing less. But if they stop being ‘evil’ and keep making good phones I might get interested in a Nexus as well.


      Comment by montfras — March 3, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    • I\’m not easily impressed. . . but that\’s imeprssnig me! 🙂

      Comment by Latasha — April 21, 2011 @ 8:59 am

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