Actually, I think Apple is being Apple. I think Google is becoming Microsoft. PC, IMO, is still a better value than Mac and I think a large number of consumers realize this. Just like in grad school I think we had offers for discounts on a Mac. Most went with PC. Again, in terms of value and overall capability, same argument - android > apple.
There will always be a market for the IPhone, but as people (especially the teenagers) become more android-literate and apps improve, it's going to be a no-brainer.
The Google and VZW partnership is game changing - note especially that neither relies on nor cares about the handsets, as far as making money. A handset war only benefits both.
VZW with FIOS and 3G/LTE has the pipes for all your communication needs (if they ditch land lines they'll have another box ready fiberoptic solution like VoIP or). I guess AT&T does, too, but it seems to be a really weak competitor to VZW.
If FIOS was in my area, it would be an no-brainer. Ignoring any potential future discount with cell incorporated in that plan, FIOS right now offers cable & Internet $20-$30 cheaper than I get from Cox, with a land line thrown in for free. One-stop shopping for those services, at those prices, is a huge incentive to have VZW, and well there's no IPhone on VZW.
Last edited by kodiak799; 06-25-2010 at 10:37 PM.
Of course, wait and see what Gingerbread is all about. If Google is able to give android more box-ready UI like the Iphone I might have to retract what I said about switching. I really equate the android vs. IPhone buy decision with PC vs. Mac, ignoring the 800lb gorilla in the room that is VZW. At this point, to me the android experience feels very much like a PC experience - I have to work harder but feel like I get better value.
Now about the last part, Id probably buy an iPhone if it was on Verizon. Why? To compare it to the Droid and finally determine which is a better phone. And itd be nice to switch up often.