How's this for ruining a Christmas surprise?
My wife and I are going to get each other smart phones for Christmas. The only problem is: we have no idea which one. I've been set on buying an iPhone since the 3G was announced, but we were already locked into a Verizon contract and chose to wait it out to avoid the early termination fees.
A lot has happened since then.
First, the T-Mobile G1 powered by Google was launched. This little device is very cool, boasting wi-fi access, location detection, the Android operating system, 3G network, and the Android Market for add-on applications. It also sports a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath the screen.
Then, the Blackberry Storm was announced. The Storm does a lot of what the iPhone can, and allows my wife and I to stay with Verizon (and, hopefully, take advantage of further price discounts through the "new every two" program). What I LOVE about this phone is the prospect of a "clickable" touchscreen. I have fat fingers, and the few times I've used an iPhone/iPod Touch I have had quite an annoying time with their "virtual" keypad. There is absolutely no way this phone will attract the types of apps that the iPhone and G1 will, I realize, but Blackberry has a strong reputation for its useful out-of-the-box application package.
So here I am. A little over a month from making quite an expensive decision, and I am more confused than ever. I love the iPhone. I'm a huge music fan, and have become somewhat of an Apple fanboy. But the iPhone keypad may be its Achilles heal for me. The G1's physical keypad and the Storm's "clickable" twist on the touchscreen may be enough to sway me away from a device that otherwise (well, besides its camera) seems to be a very solid choice. The prices attached to these three options are very similar, so really the decision is going to boil down to the above considerations and recommendations from people like you.
So, which one would you choose? This is a very expensive purchase, and I don't want to choose incorrectly. Thanks for your help.