Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I finally made my choice

I finally made my choice last week. For months I've been trying to decide if I should go with the new Palm Pre or the new iPhone. Last Wednesday on my way home from Sacramento my Blackberry broke. The phone still worked, but the place where you plug the charger into snapped and the phone wouldn't charge any more. At that point I had a choice, pay $50 for a replacement or get a new phone. Since I hate my Blackberry, I decided to go for a new phone.

Over the past few months I've been weighing the choice of Pre or iPhone. My thoughts on the iPhone were:
  • Tons of apps available for it. I really like the idea of this, but realize that I probably won't use many of them. I'll install tons, but only use a few.
  • It's AT&T. I only know 1 person who has an iPhone and doesn't complain about AT&T coverage. Most people I know put up with it so they can have an iPhone.
  • I can always get an iPod Touch.
  • There is NO insurance available from AT&T. Right now I pay $6 per month to get a $50 replacement if I lose of break my phone.
My thoughts on the Pre are:
  • New OS. I used to have a Palm Treo and loved it. New OS means new features, but also means bugs.
  • Sprint coverage. This is good.
  • Lacks apps. There are some, and more are on the way.
  • Way small keyboard.
In the end I went with the Pre. Both had great features, but I tend to break phones and I can't stomach paying full price for a replacement iPhone.


  1. Alex,
    The "no insurance available" myth is just not true. It $69.00 for Apple's insurance

    Or, you can read the fine print of your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy. If you have a halfway decent policy, you're already covered for phones, stereos, laptops, cameras, etc.

    The cost of insurance is (by far) the cheapest cost of an iPhone. Even a $5/mo texting plan adds up to $120 over two years.

  2. When I spoke with AT&T they told me that Apple's Insurance did not cover things like dropped phones, which is my biggest concern. As for the $5 per month, $120 is less expensive than $300 for a replacement.