So I’m up for upgrade.  Except, now I’m in the position of getting a new phone and have hit a lovely brick wall of what to get.

As a Mac user, the obvious choice would be an iPhone, but Vodacom don’t seem to have stock, know when they’re getting stock, nor even seem to care to be honest.  The other iPhone option would be to move to MTN, but after 6 years with Vodacom, I’m very happy with the services they offer.  I’m also a FNB customer and FNB and Vodacom work very well together.  And the way I see it, MTN’s AnyTime deal is pretty damn expensive compared to my current contract.  The final option would be to purchase overseas (UK or France) which offers it at a much better price than here, except I have to pay cash, which isn’t ideal.

So this leaves me at the brick wall.  I either go iPhone, with some difficulty, or I go with something else.  And then again, it’s a choice of hardware and OS.

It’s been two years of having a Samsung.  16GB of space.  Slide form.  8MP camera.  Great video quality.  And running the reliable Symbian OS.  Sure, it’s been great.  But it hasn’t.  I had to write my own iSync plugin to try sync up the contacts and the calendar as Symbian and Mac don’t gel.  After much fighting, only the contacts actually synced up.  And not without replacing my entire Address Book too.   So that rules out Symbian and therefore, Nokia.

Then there’s Android.  The next generation OS.  The iOS killer.  Blah blah blah.  Sure, it’s got Google behind it, but like all open source dev, there are downfalls.  There are millions of phones that it can run on, but certain devices will have issues and it’s like choosing a new laptop and making sure all the peripherals are compatible with the current Linux version.  It’s a big cock up.  But if I had to, it would have to be one of the big players: HTC, Samsung or Sony Ericsson.

And before you go on and suggest a Blackberry, stop.  They’re not smartphones.  They don’t offer what I want.  And no, I won’t argue about it.

In this day and age, your mobile device is your laptop in your pocket.  Where you can do anything you need to when all your have is the expensive chunk of plastic and circuitry in your hand.

So, I’m in two minds about what to do next.  Wait and see what Vodacom do, move to MTN and pay like a muppet, or get a non Mac happy phone.

Which phone to choose?! Opinions welcome…