Yes, you’ve heard it right. I’ll exchange a legally unlocked iPhone 3G for a recent Android phone such as the Samsung Galaxy or the HTC Hero, and will pay the difference back! (street price minus 30% of devaluation for the used iPhone 3G).
I got an iPhone some time ago to learn the concepts introduced in the platform, and get a feeling of how it works out in practice. I’m happy I did it, since the hands on experience is worthwhile. But the experience is done, and even though I have positive things to say about the platform, the omnipotent and arrogant position of Apple with developers kills any chance of any further involvement I could have with the platform. I’m upset enough with it that I don’t want to see my wife using the device either.
There are many things in Apple’s behavior which are a source of arguments, and interminable flamewars, and most of the times I can see both sides of the story. For instance, when people pay a premium to get the hardware, some feel like it’s just throwing money away, but if there is good engineering behind it, well.. I understand people may want to pay the premium to get that exclusive product they like. That said, being so incredibly arrogant in the marketplace, and with developers, which theoretically should be their most precious partners, since they sustain the platform going, is something I can’t tolerate.
I know.. who am I. Just a random guy that actually gave them some money for one of their products. But I’m also a guy that won’t be buying their upgraded phones, and will be spreading the word to make people realize what a terrible future it will be if Apple ever dominates the marketplace. Even you’re not a developer, it’s a good idea to ponder carefully about this behavior. It tells a lot about how far they go to defend their own interests, and what kind of lock in they intend to get you into.
Update on November 29th
I actually got an HTC Hero for a couple of weeks now, and I’m quite happy with it so far.