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.