I bought a HTC Desire

A month ago I wrote about how my next cell will probably be an iPhone. But last night I took delivery of a HTC Desire. Within half-an-hour it was rocking Froyo (Android OS 2.2) and I was downloading a few apps I had shortlisted beforehand.

So why did I do it? Why did I decide against Apple’s handset?

iOS is without doubt the best operating system in the market. The best apps are on iPhone, and the intuitive user-interface is unsurpassed. But recently I’ve craved for something new. Something I can tinker with — to expand my experience.

And that’s it. I got an Android phone because I was desperate to try something new. I have access to a 3GS (my wife carries an iPhone) and an iTouch, so I can still toy with iOS apps and features. But now I also have access to the massive Android ecosystem — a platform that is growing at an incredible pace.

There are drawbacks. I don’t get to use Reeder or the official Instapaper app, nor any of the great camera apps I’ve bought for the iPhone. But I do have alternatives, and I’m confident that apps will come soon that are just as good, if not better. After all, the Android OS is far more open, allowing developers to be more creative.

I know, by using Android I will have to be more careful with security. And I won’t have the natural integration with my Apple computers. However breaking free of Apple’s walled garden has its appeal. I’m a natural tinkerer, if not a hacker.

It’s been less than 24hrs with the Desire, but it’s clearly a really good phone. I’m coming to terms with the non-iOS UI, and finding out what the phone can do. I have a Instapaper client (Hard Copy) and a decent RSS reader (FastReader — I plan on trying the free ones before getting FeedR, which is supposed to be the daddy), and I really like the native HTC Sense twitter and flickr apps. Give me a week with it, and I think I’ll be as fluid as I am with iOS.

Over the next few weeks I’ll write about some of the choice apps I find and how I’m finding living with Android.

BTW. I picked up an unlocked phone, which means I don’t have to deal with Vodafone’s BS.