I'm not writing this to rant and rave about how amazing the iPhone is. There's enough of that going around these days, and I feel like my decision to finally get one came more from adapting than my unabashed love of the product. It's a cool piece of equipment, I can't deny that and wouldn't have got it if I didn't like it, but I'm not going to swear by it like there aren't other equally as compelling options - that new Samsung caught my eye before I swiped my credit card too. I kind of love how polarizing the whole debate is though.
I went with the iPhone because it was an obvious choice after I realized how much I was carrying around my iPod Touch. It's pretty much identical and it essentially means that I'm carrying one less thing out the door. Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I never had my phone on me, but that's starting to change. I just wish I could use my iPhone as cheaply as I was using the Touch.
I suppose the root of my decision actually has to go to iTunes. I use it so regularly and buy so much music that I like being able to sync my phone just like I do with my iPods. In my opinion, Apple has nailed it as far as music and portable devices are concerned and for that, the decision seemed like it required the least amount of effort on my part. If there's one reason to assimilate with the masses of iPhone users, I personally think that this is it.
Apple does irritate me as far as value is concerned though. I do like their products, but I've gotten way more for my money with my PCs, my laptop, and even my Android tablet. Brand loyalty is fine, but I think you're better off drinking a few different flavors of Kool-Aid. I also can't help but feel a bit cliche as everyone always assumes that because I'm a video editor I must be neck deep in the Apple pool - I'm not, although I'm obviously part of the club.
Despite the iPhone 5 being released, I didn't care enough to wait for it. Again, I don't understand the ranting and raving as it doesn't seem like they've changed all that much - I'm sure others will argue tooth and nail about its brilliance though. When it comes right down to it, I'm okay with being a wallflower in this scene. Maybe it's just one more thing to chalk up to my non-hipster hipster mentality / loving my life as a dickhead. In the meantime, there's this video about the iPhone 5 you should watch.