It’s Just a Phone!

Jan 8, 2010 · 8 comments

in mobile

Today my new Nexus One arrives in the mail. I’ll admit, I’m a bit apprehensive about it. I’m nervous about giving up my iPhone.

What? Really? It’s just a phone!

But I think most of us who have one know, it’s not just a phone. When I got my iPhone 3G a year and a half ago, it was really a bit of a status symbol: you stood apart as an iPhone user. Now there is really much more of a community feel. People TALK about their phones and their apps. Even as every user has a uniquely customized phone, there is some shared experience there. Yes: there is a reason why every book about User Experience talks about Apple. What Apple delivers is much more than a device.

But, I took the plunge after hearing just too many good things about the Nexus One. So Ari, you’ll get your wish and I’ll stop writing about my iPhone. There are obviously features that have caused me to make this change, but I have to admit, it’s not as easy a decision as you’d expect. It’s just a phone!