Basically, cell phone contracts in this of late, cold and windy country are a bitch - The cost, the service, the coverage; they literally sucks the money right out of your pocket, from my calculations, at a rate nearly 50% greater than the amount that you are expecting after walking outta the store. So...
I went into, the store, to bitch at a representative of the company named for one this countries greater business pioneers; the company that sadly no longer bares a resemblance to that pioneering spirit. To my pleasant surprise, I met Tracy. Tracy was GREAT, she immediately started going through my account, chopping, hacking and removing services that, in all honesty I must have been drunk or hung over, or distracted by the notion of getting drunk later that day, the day when I thought I'd needed all this dollar here, dollar there crap. She also found one service, the biggest offender, that duplicated a sub feature of another service that she was quite honestly ashamed that a colleague of hers would so dishonestly apply to my account...
After this contractual hair-cutting, I thought, well, here's a good time, and a good agent to help me (finally) work out some reasonable option to get my lover a phone when she gets here... As it turns out, the most efficient and cost effective thing to do was to set up a new account... DING DING DING... with a new accounts come a BRAND NEW phone! ...geting a brand new phone, well that now goes to motive.
The motivation to iKill my iPhone plays out in two halves. Firstly, although I have nothing but admiration for iProducts, love how they simply, work. Hey after 20++ years I have maintained a position on Apple's 100% satisfied customer rolls; which when run through the Job's version of the customer loyalty CRM calculator = 0 (that's zero) credits, bonuses, bump-ups or "thanks for all thats" premiums OR discounts...
...eh hem, So, I watched Apple roll out the fone 5 and tab-min and although I was as impressed as is demanded of me and as is as usual, I was left feeling... "is that all there is?"
Is this what the next 3, 4, 5 upgrade cycles are going to bring? Better-bigger taller-stronger screens and new tabs enhanced with "screen-size marketshare category killing back-fill"? - You know, come to think... I think if they'd a stuck a phone on that mini and maybe made it just a tad bit minier; I wouldn't be weaving this tale... I'm a sucker for screen real-estate (and i have huge hands).
Overwhelmed by a sense of ennui... C'mon, these ARE the best damned products on the market in their category, BUT... is all there is? Will it ultimately be that every time I go to to get me a new phone Apple's version of Tracy is simply going to go into the back, grab me a box and say... here's your new phone?
The second half of this motivation... I've spent the last month re-constructing my "universe" (oh gawd, why not just say it) my eco-system around Google Enterprise, gmail and a suite of apps, plug ins and 3rd party software - Given the opportunity to get a Spanky BRAND NEW PHONE, it really only made sense to give the Android a whirl. Apparently, its supposed to work with this "eco-system" of mine.
I've never pooh-poohed Android and always had a massive respect for Google; I didn't have to surrender to any evil-empire; the biggest negative I've every pointed at Android has related to my fear that all "open and stuff" environments have ultimately ended up confusing me AND making me feel, well... stupid. I mean, really who wants a phone I might have to learn to use because gee-wiz-by-golly you can do ANYTHING with it (as the not so cool, but cool in that geekish kinda way cool kids all around me here in this smallish town say to me, like, ALL the time)...
But REALLY, outside of email, txt and voice (in that order), what else would I want from my phone? Outside a devise that fits in my pocket and allows me to scan and, in a small way, interact with my "business"... what IS ones expectations of one of these new, non-rotary devices we now call, phones?
So, this experiment begins... Can this ugly Samsung with it's homely interface design and so far confusing UX become as much a tool for me to productively interact with my business as it is to send the odd piece of mail the million txts and that one voice call each week? As the advertising has gone on these smart phones over the last 5 to 7 years, will my new Android pal become my super-duper productivity tool buddy?
Will this end with a... "Get me the hell outta here"; or with a pleasant "well that's nice now isn't it"... We'll know more in a few months... well, THREE bloody years according to my new pal Tracy.
One quick question here at the git-go... Can someone help me make this thing all less ugly?
Why I Killed my iPhone PART THREE
Why I Killed my iPhone PART TWO