First things first; I think the iPhone is an amazing piece of gadgetery. There is no doubt that the iPhone clubbed with the app store phenomenon has just changed the smartphone landscape overnight and forced every other device manufacturer go back to the drawing board. I do agree that the iPhone has the best touch friendly OS and superior hardware to any other phone in the market today, but I somehow would like to place my bet on Android. Here are 5 reasons why...
1. I'm a Google fan
I'm a blind Google fan and I would like to be a part of their products. I know there are Apple fans who swear by Apple products. Some how I was never attracted to using Apple products just for the fact that the whole world goes gaga over it. I like the underdog.
2. I don't like restrictions
Just let me do my own stuff and make it easy boss. Dont make me "jailbreak" my phone or make me look for a paper clip if I want to take out the SIM card. Let me have Google voice on my phone. Let me choose my own device brand which allows me to change the battery myself, if it conks off. Let me watch flash movies...
3. I want physical keypad
I don't mind a virtual keypad but for better control and speed, I think I will need a physical keypad. I know the physical keypad makes the phone bulky and clunky, but I also know that better product designs can overcome that and it will definitely happen.
4. I want more choices
At the time of writing this there are 10 device manufacturer brands as a part of the Open Handset Alliance, the group committed to commercially deploy handsets and services using the Android Platform. There are 23 phones already announced and more will follow. I have more choices of brands, capabilities and price to choose from. Android phones will be cheaper as the OS is free for use for the device manufacturers (Please correct me if I'm wrong). The manufacturers can also customize the UI to bring in their own unique experiences on the phones like the MotoBlur™ and HTC Sense™. I think Motorola Cliq is the best of the lot I have seen till now but I'm also waiting for the stunning Sony Ericsson 'Rachael'. I did like the Nokia's Maemo phone N900 but I seriously think that even Nokia should join the Open handset alliance so that we will have superior Android phones. Who can beat Nokia in making mobile phones?
5. More and better Apps
I'm sure in the coming days there will be more and better Android apps available as there are no restrictions from both the Android Market and the OS level. Android does not differentiate between the phone's core applications and third-party applications. They can all be built to have equal access to a phone's capabilities providing users with a broad spectrum of applications and services. Forget about all that. The fact that all Google apps will definitely be on Android makes it good enough right away. Also as Android net books start coming in, I can even have the same set of apps on my phone and my computer, synced.
All this might not happen overnight. But I'm sure that there is a lot of interesting stuff waiting to happen in the Android space. Just be patient.