On November 6, 2009 the original Motorola Droid was released. It was the first phone that I ever woke up for and went to Verizon store about 30 minutes before it opened. I joined 8 other people outside. I got that phone because the iPhone was only on AT&T. That phone served me well in the 2+ years I had it and helped me do things that the iPhone probably couldn’t do… like the time we were on vacation in Maine and I needed to fix something on the server. I was able to tether my phone to my laptop and fix it right there and then.
During that two years, I waited in anticipation to see what my next phone would be. The iPhone was out on Verizon but the 4s had not yet been announced yet. There were only rumors of the iPhone 5 floating around. This whole time I was thinking, I’m finally going to make the switch. Although my Droid had served me well, it was starting to feel laggy and just frustrating me more and more. Then, the Motorola Droid Bionic was announced and eventually released. For some reason, I decided that I was going to get one on the first day it was released. I didn’t go early this time. I went in the afternoon and I was probably one of the few that day that picked one up. After talking about getting the next iPhone for quite a while, why did I get the Bionic? I think one of the reasons why was that I didn’t want to tempted in getting the iPhone. Android is definitely better for my work and the iPhone was probably the phone I wanted.
Any regrets… not really. Of course, after I got the Bionic, every phone in the universe was announced, including the iPhone 4s and the Galaxy Nexus. A few weeks ago I had my “I’m glad I have Bionic” moment. I was walking home from the coffee shop but I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it home in time for a conference call via Skype. I logged into Skype with my phone and got on the conference call. The Verizon LTE connection worked flawlessly and when I got home, I was able to seamlessly switch to Skype on my computer. Either way, I’m stuck with the Bionic for another two years. That means, another two years of wondering what it would be like to own an iPhone.