iPhone vs. iPhone? Or Android?

Apple's iPhone 4

It’s not an exaggeration to say that there’s a national love affair with Apple’s iPhone. Now that love affair is about to really blossom as the iPhone 4 is released from its bonds with AT&T and becomes available on Verizon Wireless. So naturally the question on every gadget lover’s mind is, should I finally get an iPhone now that I have a choice?

To answer that, consider the proverbial parental admonition: If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you jump, too?

It’s not hyperbole to point out that the “new” iPhone 4 on Verizon is really the old iPhone 4 (essentially the same model that’s available on AT&T). And that phone has already been eclipsed by other smart phones on the market–and is likely to be eclipsed by a new iPhone within a few short months.

That doesn’t mean Verizon won’t sell millions of the new/old iPhone. Apple has already sold more that 80 million of the handsets in the last 3 and a half years–in spite of one major fault: It doesn’t work well as a phone. Most people have been more mesmerized by apps than voice calls, anyway.

For more on this story, visit J-Q on Technology.

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About jquain

Technology reporter, writer, and television correspondent, JQ has been covering the computer, communications, and consumer electronics industries for more than 25 years.A contributor to The New York Times, Popular Mechanics, PC Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and many other publications, JQ appears on CBS News television program Up to the Minute and on Fox Business.
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