I have a secret pride. Android turned 10 years old this week, and I was one of the first people in the entire world to use it. In fact, the very first Android phone ever was my first smartphone, too — and I’ve never wavered in my Android loyalty since. That may not seem like a big deal now Android phones are literally everywhere. But in 2008, when the T-Mobile G1 came out (it was known as the HTC Dream in some parts of the world), both the G1 and Google’s mobile platform were a crazy-looking alternative to the new iPhone world order. In those early days, using a T-Mobile G1 set me and my phone apart as different. The iPhone was the first modern smartphone, and everyone wanted one. It was a status symbol. It sold in droves. A year and change after its release, I began to feel the inevitable pull toward buying a smartphone for myself. But not the “magical” iPhone. Apple is into walled gardens, and Android promised freedom to tinker, the way I did on my Windows PC. AT&T had the iPhone exclusive, and I was a longtime T-Mobile subscriber, back in the days when phone contracts still mattered. With the cost of the required two-year contract from each carrier factored in, the G1 on T-Mobile was a lot less expensive than the iPhone on AT&T. The original anti-iPhone was weird, but lovable From the moment I picked up the bronze G1 in the T-Mobile store in… [Read full story]
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