Thinking iPhone 4 thanks to HTC

Rich Mulholland showed me his iPhone 4 the other day and he made an interesting comment. Rich has historically not been a fan of Apple Inc although he generally uses its products. He said that he was hoping that the iPhone 4 would disappoint him like some other Apple products and it hasn’t.

I’ve been contemplating a switch to an iPhone despite how much I like Android. One reason is still OmniFocus which is probably one of the best productivity apps around. I don’t really use it anymore because there isn’t a version for Android and I have found I tend to be more productive if my tasks follow me around. I have been using Remember the Milk and set it for a quasi-GTD methodology. The Web interface for my tasks is clunky because of the way I use lists for projects but RTM is otherwise an excellent option.

Another reason I am starting to like the idea of an iPhone more is the availability of firmware updates as they come out. I am still waiting for HTC or Leaf to release Froyo here in SA for locally bought phones on MTN. The silence from Leaf and the continued absence of an official update is frustrating and puts me off HTC. I won’t buy an HTC product again in a hurry. I know there are hacks, ways and means to update my phone but why should I have to do that. I am also not exactly bowled over by my HTC Desire in hardware terms either.

The iPhone is part of a tightly controlled ecosystem and I’m not a fan of that on principle but the iPhone 4 looks like a really good phone. Rich said he hasn’t been able to replicate the infamous signal loss issue. Beyond that, what other reasons are there not to seriously consider an iPhone 4 when they roll out here. For my part, the big hurdle would probably be the device’s cash price. I renewed my MTN contract to get my Desire and would have to pay for an iPhone 4 cash, short of me winning one or some divine power dropping one in my lap. Leaving cash aside, I don’t think I would need to think too hard about it. I may even renew my unused MobileMe subscription in the process.

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