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Capitulation

So…broke down (literally) over the weekend and bought in iPhone. My first ever. I’ve been holding out for years, largely cause of the cost, but secondarily not wanting to get absorbed into the Apple Universe where I’m forced to buy nothing but Apple products.

I went to the store with my wife – she needed to a new iPhone because hers was broken. I had lent her my Android phone from work, and I think I can say without hyperbole that she hated that phone more than she hates war and bad drivers. I mean she hated, hated, hated that phone. By the end I was begging to buy her a new iPhone so that she could be happy again.

So I went in the store looking to buy myself a nice new Android phone. I checked out the HTC Aria, which is a really sweet little phone. Smaller than an iPhone, but with Anroid 2.1 including Flash player support. Supposed to have good battery life as well. Then I got talking to the salesman and he claimed that the Aria is a “boomerang” phone, by which he meant they are always coming back to the store due to some complaint like the phone locking up. Well, that was a deal killer for me. The last thing I need is to wrestle with my stupid mobile phone.

And so I capitulated and went with the iPhone. It felt like joining the party. No, not “a party”, like THE Party. It’s comfortable joining the politburo. I get my pick of apps (as long as they’re approved!). Everything works smoothly, just as long as I’m happy to keep agreeing to that ever-tightening Terms of Service contract. Yes, I happily traded my liberty for security faster than a Fox News viewer watching the terror threat level shoot up to orange. It’s warm and safe over here.

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