Woz: I Wish My iPhone Did All The Things My Android Does
January 17, 2012 10:47 AM
Steve Wozniak at the Android development building
Wozniak says the iPhone is for people who like simple, pretty things while the Android-based smartphones offer greater capabilities
Hardcore Apple fans are notorious for discarding anything without a shiny Apple logo, even if it sometimes means the competitor's product is better. One would expect Apple's co-founder,
, to be at the top of that list of Apple loyalists, but it seems his love for Android-based smartphones tops that of the iPhone.
Wozniak, who co-founded Apple in 1976 with the late Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, of course loves Apple products -- including the iPhone. In fact, he owns an iPhone, and says it's a pretty, easy-to-use device. However, he also owns an Android-based smartphone, and had even better things to say about that particular gadget.
"My primary phone is the iPhone," said Wozniak. "I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do."
Wozniak was recently spotted at the Google campus' Android development building to scoop up a pre-release of the company's Galaxy Nexus, causing quite a stir amongst Google fans outside. As it turns out, Wozniak is good friends with Andy Rubin, the head of Android, and regularly uses a
Motorola Droid Razr
According to Wozniak, Android has a list of advantages over iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. For instance, Android's voice recognition software is superior to the
iPhone 4S' assistant Siri
. Wozniak said Siri worked well as an independent app for the iPhone, but since being built in to the iPhone 4S, it just doesn't perform as well as it once did.
"I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me. I'll be saying, over and over again in my car, 'Call the Lark Creek Steak House,' and I can't get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it's done. Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that."
Along with voice recognition and navigation, Wozniak also recognizes Android's superior app development process after speaking with a Foursquare developer who said Apple's approval process slows developers down while Android's allows programs to be released and improved faster.
Wozniak even mentioned that Android's software is as aesthetically pleasing as Apple's iOS, not to mention the battery life on an
Android smartphone is better
than the iPhone's.
"The people I recommend the iPhone 4S for are the ones who are already in the Mac world, because it's so compatible, and people who are just scared of computers altogether and don't want to use them," said Wozniak. "The iPhone is the least frightening thing. For that kind of person who is scared of complexity, well, here's a phone that is simple to use and does what you need it to do."
Wozniak noted that Android has more advantages if "you're willing to do the work to understand it a little bit."
While Wozniak sees Android as a true Apple competitor, he still insists that Windows was never a great program to begin with and could never come close to Apple the way Android is.
"There's not as big a difference [between iOS and Android] as there was between Mac and Windows," said Wozniak.
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