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I’m ready and willing but…


… Sarah Perez’s op-ed on ReadWriteWeb pretty well sums up why I don’t have any Android devices yet. They seem to perpetually be behind Apple, for my use cases (and maybe not yours), and about the time they’re close Apple leaps ahead again. I’ve used an iPhone for several years now and, if for no other reason than a constant desire for change, would like to change platforms. The rumors regarding a new iPhone seem to point to only a modest update later this year. If so that may be enough for Android to do some major catching up and finally make me consider a change. On the other hand in the tablet space I think Apple is so far ahead I don’t see anyone catching them in the next 12 months. And maybe therein lies the cause of the predicted modest update to the iPhone – Apple could be pouring the resources into rapid innovation of the iPad instead.


Consumers Don’t Want Prototypes (They Want iPads).

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  1. When I referred to “get them for free” I meant devices not apps. I’m lucky enough to work with a lot of the IHVs in this space, and get demo devices to verify with our products.


  2. As always you make a lot of sense, especially given how Apple centric your home environment is and the age of the family.

    I, and I know like you in some ways, yearn for change, and this is where Android and all of the options I have meets my needs. I can’t say that there is anything I can’t do that I want to do with my Android devices. And the fact that I get a lot of them for free to try out from the Android vendors helps keep it fresh. Yep some are better than others, but I’ve actually have no complaints about Android, you just need to look at the level of security you are exposing to an app before you install it. I turn down more apps these days, simply because it makes not sense to give them the level of access they want.

    I also find the iPhone UI boring, and want the level of page customization I can get with Android. The only time I even use my iPad is for testing at work, and currently use a Samsung 7″ TAB as my mobile table, being I find 10″ a bit on the large side, and my Macbook Air fills the gap where I’d use an iPad.

    I agree with you though, competition only breeds better industry solutions.

    HTC Inspire 4G – Smartphone
    Samsug TAB – Tablet
    Apple Macbook Air – Laptop
    HP Touchsmart – Home Desktop
    Apple iMac – Work Desktop

    A little bit of everything for me 🙂

    Have a good one,



  3. Hi Adam. For the most part it is more about the ecosystem than the feature set of the device itself. First is brain-dead stability and simplicity of iOS for our family tech ecosystem. Users in my house are from 2 years old to me 🙂 iOS can seamlessly control computers (remote keyboard, mouse, VNC, iTunes Home Sharing…), our media devices (NAS, IPTV) plus the awesome AirPlay tech combined with Airport Express nodes (play media stored anywhere, in our home or from places like Netflix, to any room using iOS as the controller). iTunes as a UI is a clunker but it actually works quite well hosting all of our media (home-made and other music, videos, etc). Apple delivers great system level features Android can’t match (because Google is even further behind on media than on the OS). Dad doesn’t need to play system admin for any of this to work.

    Also it is IMO a safer platform as I have small children and I like the checks and parental controls associated with Apple’s app store and iOS compared to the more open Android approach. It’s completely subjective but I also still prefer how the iPhone feels in hand and still think the UI is prettier (though there are some great things in the Android OS that are really appealing and some things in the iOS UI that truly suck).

    I know that with some cobbling of Android apps I can get close to closing gaps on things like the above but for me my device collection is supposed to “just work”. I’m not interested in tinkering to get what I want. I also still see apps I use come out first on iOS and sometimes not at all on Android. Sure, I might find some vice versa apps but that’s not a reason to switch platforms. And it’s nearly guaranteed if there is a mobile app or class of mobile apps I want it is available on iOS. This still isn’t true for Android though the gap has closed a lot. Each platform has it’s advocates but I know mobile devs complain more loudly about pirating of their software on Android (and Windows 7) than iOS. This effects how much innovation their willing to bring to the platform and can indirectly devalue an Android device.

    Anyway, this is a sampling of some of my top of mind issues. I’m cheering Android on because competition benefits customers and the open environment Google has created should generate a lot of innovation. Frankly, I have yet to see the kind of innovation I expected. But if the iPhone that comes out this year is truly just a small bump in functionality then Android should end up with iOS in a death grip in 2012 (unless Google does something stupid, which I wouldn’t rule out).

  4. “They seem to perpetually be behind Apple, for my use cases “. So what use cases do you really have the you can only meet with IOS?

    Also, where do you see that Android has “Major Catchup”?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    See ya,