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Confessions Of A Gadget Nerd

There’s something you need to know about me. I’m a serial phone buyer. I can’t help myself. Whenever I see a new device, I have to have it. It doesn’t matter if it’s from Cupertino, Redmond or Mountain View.

As the hype builds closer to the launch and I see the reviews and people rave about it, about the promise that this is the best Android skin, best camera, best device ever…. Well, I’m a sucker for that.

So far this year I’ve been through two Galaxy Nexus, an iPhone 4S and the HTC One X. I don’t see this being the end of it either. There’s still six months left.

All of this is in part due to me getting tiresome of the current device that I have and also because the lure of a new shiny shiny is far too tempting. There is also the small hope that maybe I’ll have found the perfect device for me. In some ways one needs to try out something else to know what that perfect is. So with that being said I have gone full circle and am back with a Galaxy Nexus that I first got last November.

Why? Many reasons really but the main one would have to be stock Android. To me this OS is what works. It allows me to use my device in a way that does what I need and looks really gorgeous. This is all subjective of course, iOS for instance looks great in that everything coexists in the Eco system harmoniously, but to me it is stale and antiquated. I have no interest in seeing a faux wood panel or a blind like linen cloth when I move around my personal Internet communicator. The skeuomorphism that Apple is so fond of detracts from the simplistic beauty that can be attained by simply presenting me with the information that I so desire. After all, this is the main purpose of a smartphone is it not?

Now, for those of you that are aware, I could put a custom ROM on the HTC One X and for all it’s hardware beauty I could have a great device with stock Android. To me this would not be a pure experience, in the same way that getting an iPhone and jail-breaking is not a pure iOS experience. For me I want a seamless existence of both hardware and software, in my eyes you do not get this if you have a stock device.

Next on my quest for the ’perfect’ phone, BlackBerry 10.

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