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Android Again

Well, that didn't last long.

As I chronicled in my first post on my blog, I had decided to move back to the Apple platform of iOS with the iPhone 4S. I regretted my decision almost immediately. For all you iPhone fans out there, don't get me wrong, I think it's a fantastic device. The iPhone 4S has an amazing camera, best build quality of any phone I've ever owned, and the iOS environment is inviting and user friendly.

But it's not for me.

I realized when I went back to an iPhone, that I really can't customize the phone how I want. It never felt like mine. I felt like Apple was allowing me to borrow their device, as long as I played by their rules. So I traded my iPhone last week with another Sprint customer who had the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Epic Touch 4G. Yes the name is long and horrible, but the phone is great. A great camera that matched the iPhone 4S camera in my opinion, a huge 4.5 inch display, and more importantly, Android. Granted right now I'm running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and not the latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software, but that's part of the Android update issue that I knew about and lived through with my EVO 4G. I'm ok with it, because there are amazing Android Developers out there, like the folks at XDA-developers.com. They make my phone do amazing things and some are already hard at work to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to my Epic Touch 4G.

So long story short, will I be happy with this phone? Yes and no. Yes I love it now, but in the Android world, 2 years is a very long time to hold onto a phone. I'll probably be looking to trade out and upgrade again in another year or so, but this phone will keep me happy until then. Even if I have to keep it for 2 years, I've realized I'd rather deal with Android's baggage than go through the security checkpoint that is using an Apple product.

At least for now.


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