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Steve Wozniak at the Android development building  (Source:
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, Steve Wozniak, 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.

Sources: The Daily Beast, PC World

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RE: odd
By retrospooty on 1/17/2012 1:18:26 PM , Rating: 3
"Why is it that Windows diehards almost have a fetish for things being hard to use?"

That's not what it is... Windows has more options and more control, and is also open to any developer or hardware maker to create and ship product for. Its not that its harder... Its harder for those that are non-technical, yes.

"Some of us want to get things done on our computers, not brag about how we've conquered an obtuse interface."

Obtuse? Clearly you havent used anything since the almost 11 years old WinXP. Win7 is awesome. I personally find it alot easier to deal with than OSX. Your opinion is your opinion, but you cant say anything concrete about the interface. You are right though, if its too hard for you, you should use a Mac.

ANd is that really the idea you have in your head about Windows users? We just sit around and "brag about how we've conquered" windows interface? LOL. Check yourself man... The entire world runs off windows, including the factories that make Mac's. The planning, the prodtion control, purchasing, logistics, reverse logistics, accounting and every other facet of the business runs off Windows PC's and servers. Lets see Apple accomplish anything close to that.

RE: odd
By Commodus on 1/17/12, Rating: 0
RE: odd
By retrospooty on 1/17/2012 5:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
"And "non-technical" defines the vast majority of the world's population....They're not worse, or stupid, like you accuse them of being "

You are correct, most people arent technical at all... Where did I say anything like they are stupid? The only thing I think is stupid is people that compare Mac to PC as if Mac is so superior. Support 10's of thousands of different hardware from 100's of different manufacturers and software from 100's of thousands of different developers in a free and open environment, set up a client/server enterprise software system that the entire world runs off of and support it. THEN compare Mac to PC. There is no way Apple could ever accomplish such a task. That's all I am saying. Mac isnt even a complete platform.

"That's the point. It's getting technology to people who don't need to know about or waste time in Device Manager."

If that's the point, Apple fails at it. Apple still only has 5% worldwide marketshare (after its meteoric rise the past 4 years from 3% to 5%).

I have used OSX too. I had a Mac Mini and used it exclusively for months as my main computer... Not impressed. Its OK. Both browse, print, do office apps and email very well, but there is a reason MS owns the market. Its not because its too hard to use and its not because its inferior. The superior product won. Anyone that thinks Mac is a better platform doesn't really think of all the aspects of a complete "platform".

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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