The decision is made, and Blackberry has lost to iPhone 4. The process has been a long, well researched search for the tool/toy that best serves my unique needs.
First, I decided I would remain with AT&T. The service has worked flawlessly for me, the service has been good too. I feel embarrassed that I have no gripes about them, and can't muster up angst about using service from a company that is big and dominant. I wish I could be so shallow, it would make thinking easier.
Then, I surveyed the systems, regardless of carriers. Android, Palm, iPhone, and Blackberry. First to fall- Android. Fragmented, klunky, open and fussy. Not for me, I don't want to be a junior systems manager or developer. Next, I was hoping the Palm Pre would work. Web OS is quick, powerful and good looking. But the hardware- that keyboard is dreadful- too small and hard to use. That left Blackberry and iPhone, both slated for big new overhauls.
I really like my BB, and the newer ones are even better. The next generation looks interesting, a slider, but nothing can beat the BB keyboard. As well, the resolution of the screen is really good. It is just too small to see much. But again, nothing is better than the message functions on a BB. As good as it is, the use of the web is bad. And most emails, RSS feeds, and tweets have a link. If there was not a choice, on balance, I would be happy to upgrade my BB and hope for OS 6 to solve some problems.
The only competitor to the BB is the iPhone. So I waited, anxious to see how Apple would improve it, and hopefully address the issues I have with the last iPhone.
I won't re-hash the revelations of iPhone 4 from the Apple WWDC. It was a major change in the iPhone. The concerns I had, camera, screen, battery life, multitasking and interface organization were all taken care of in the usual elegant Apple way.
Now all I have to do is pre-order, select the apps I want to start out, and wait.