My encounters to date with Android phones have left me with a distinct sense of “meh” up until the point when I watched this video and suddenly, my love grip on the iPhone started to loosen. One of my colleagues has declared himself as “over” the iPhone and wants a Nexus One handset instead, to which my reply was ‘cool, one less competitor for the iPhone 4’, which I’ll probably never get.

The way in which the iPhone is now the centre of my digital life still surprises me. From being an alarm clock, through checking email and Twitter, running as an iPod for my journey to work, becoming (shock) a phone and email client at work, through the odd bout of FourSquare, back to being an iPod for the journey home and a final swipe across emails before converting back to being an alarm clock (oh and camera at weekends and some weekdays when I come across something interesting), my iPhone ranks alongside my wallet in the final pre-door check.

So much so, that two attempts to switch back to my shiny new Nokia E71 have been met with complete withdrawal shock. It helps to make the things I need and like to do easier, the Nokia just makes everything impossibly slow and painful.

My mobile device is now my main point of contact – voice, email, web etc. I’m perfectly happy with that and my desire for iPhone 4 is driven mainly by a) shiny newness b) screen resolution (almost forgot my book reading on iPhone also) and c) speed.

So why has Android intervened and tugged on my virtual sleeve? Futher simplicity. I ping things back and forth all the time between multiple laptops and phone and more often than not, keeping track is a pain in the arse. With Chrome to Phone, Google has erased one minor but consistent irritation in my day-to-day digital life.

Is it enough to swap? Probably not but it’s certainly caught my interest. Over to you Steve, the game really is on now.

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