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Evo was incredible to me. I loved the way it felt. Consumers had never seen the phone before, so I had a bright, shiny object that everyone wanted to play with. The screen was radiant, making my iPhone 3 look lame. The Android software was well integrated with the hardware.

I discovered Swype, an application that eliminated the idiotic notion of typing on a glass screen in favor of a much better and faster approach. I didn’t even mind that the battery lasted only three or four hours—because I could actually replace the battery, which you can’t do on an iPhone. And making calls that my smart phone didn’t drop was a joy I hadn’t experienced in a while.

But soon, the iPhone 4 was on the market. Before long, my IT guy, Ross, ended up with my pretty Evo.

A few more months passed as I saw Android after Android introduced by every carrier that existed. The Incredible. The Droid X. Posters and billboards everywhere. My eyes were wandering something bad.

The day the Samsung Fascinate came out, I couldn’t take it anymore. I told Ross to go to the Verizon store and get me one before I hopped on a plane. I’d recently switched from Outlook to Gmail and was tired of the mediocre way Gmail was treated on the iPhone. An hour later, I was off to the airport, clutching my new Fascinate.

This time I was really in love. The Fascinate made me happy because it had all the benefits of the Evo, plus a better battery, a handful of Verizon apps that were addictive, and excellent Gmail integration. Plus, my mom and dad had just gotten Fascinates and loved them, which made me feel a little closer to them.

My iPhone-toting friends wanted to take a look. Many of them remarked on how bulky their iPhones felt after holding my Fascinate. As a bonus, I was able to get rid of my Verizon MiFi, which I used to create a portable 3G hot spot while on the road. The Fascinate has this capacity built in.

A month later, I’m still using my Fascinate as my primary phone. Amy’s Droid now looks old and tired by comparison. And the Android wars are pushing Apple, Microsoft, and RIM to up their game significantly. I am still carrying my iPhone around just to hedge my bets, but I expect that in the next few months I’ll be under the spell of a newer, funkier, and even more badass Android.

Brad Feld is a managing director of Foundry Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Boulder, Colorado. He is also coauthor of the new book Do More Faster.

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