I have literally been shopping for this phone for over two years. Even when I bought the Instincts in December of 2008, I knew I ultimately wanted an Android phone. Then, only the G1 was out, and solely on T-Mobile. I knew our street didn't get good coverage on T-Mobile. I didn't want to stay with Verizon; the only company that could reach our street. Sprint had affordable service, and a Femtocell, the Airave. That would give me excellent coverage in the house.
Note: I spoke before the County Planning Council two weeks ago in support of a T-Mobile cell tower that will give us more options during the next contract renewal.
Having chosen Sprint back in 2008, I then looked at their Smartphones. There were not many, but the Instinct was then about six months old and affordable at $100 each.
You would think my exposure to the iPad, and to an iPod Touch this year would make me want an iPhone now. Being a gadget lover, I want to try something different. Also, I like the idea that I can develop for the Android much easier and affordably then for the iPhone. I might never do it, but I want the option. I am an old Visual Basic 3.0 and PHP programmer although I've lapsed somewhat in the last couple of years.
I decided to stay with Sprint. I love the idea of their EVO, but the $10 a month 4g tax would have come to $720 for our three phones over the life of the contract. When I chose the Instinct, the option was to go with the iPhone. When it comes to technology, I know that "best" and "pretty good" in quality are usually closer together than their costs. In other words, "pretty good" is usually a better value. That is true today with Sprint's selection of Android phones. I went with the LG Optimus S. At $49 per phone, all the reviews I have read indicate it is a good value.
I have gathered a few notes on Android together on a separate Android page on this blog. It will be a dynamic page, so if you are interested in Android, be sure to check it out periodically.
Cancelled the Sprint order. Best Buy has them for free with 2 year contract. I have them now.