Keep in mind Android suffers from the same thing Linux did in its Windows battle. (Remember when open-source Linux was going to kill the big bad Microsoft?) By being open source it is free to be *******ized by the commercial partners who co-opt its source code for the non-geek consumer. So instead of one unified source for development dictating the basic user experience you have a fiefdom of rival manufacturing and cellular chieftoms. Meanwhile Apple maintains its Emerald City unifying hardware and software into a quality user experience. The user experience, in this case, being hampered by the cellular carrier's offerings.
The next big thing will be mobile videoconferencing. Apple's clearly aware of it, hence their inclusion of Face Time in their iPhone and iPodTouch devices (most likely also in the iPad 2.0 next year). Video demands more bandwidth and that is a direct threat to those old carrier caps. (Seriously 2GB cap on AT&T?!) So I'm following 4G network development (have you seen what Clear is doing in partnership with Sprint and Comcast?) and Verizon's plans to see who wins the provider war.
If Apple can make their iOS devices available carrier-independent at an affordable price then they'll become the Microsoft to Google's Linux-ness. (Compare plans for Samsung's touted Galaxy Pad. Expected $200-300 with a locked in 2 yr carrier plan and $1000 without. That's a deathknell for the device right there. The iPad is far cheaper to purchase in that competition.)
I say this being mostly an outsider to the Mac world. I never liked Mac desktops or laptops. I'm strictly a Windows girl. My reason being one of cost and efficiency. I could get more done with a Windows machine within the same budget. The one thing that has kept me away from the smartphone market altogether is the mandatory contract plans with carriers. But being able to purchase an iOS in the form factor of a usable iPad (I own several win netbooks as well for comparison) or iPodTouch has led me to jump. I'm most disappointed to see the Android tablets offered up immediately tied to a very limited, locked-in cellular contract system. That kills my interest, no matter how good the specs of devices.
I'm sure there are several consumers like me who prefer unfettered network-ready devices. Heck, let me pay-as-I-go for a mobile broadband signal and chose whatever carrier I want that month and I can use my equipment to the fullest. Especially as I my mobile devices become more computer-like and my communication relies on cloud-sources.
I use to use IRIX way back when on SGI machines....does that make me special?
We are lucky in Australia buy outright no plan use pre pay multiple carriers hence iPhone is number 1 in saying that australias population would fill greater LA at 27 million oh for got plus 40 million kangaroos lol
I can't think of a single person I actually know with an Andriod phone.. If I do they certainly aren't taken by it enough to tell me how good it is.
Or maybe the UK is just a sales blip for them...
I do think it makes a different what areas you work in. We are a tech company, and are primarily a bunch of geeks lol, hence we getting my iPad - my venture into the 5 inch android tablet area was definitely a poorer experience than with this device. I also know a number of android phone users outside work too, again they are all working in techie/geek type areas.
I can't pass comment on whether google has caught up with other smartphone os's with regard to market share, I just find it interesting how everyone can see the phone market differently and all be equally correct within their own demographic.
Last edited by Gabriel1964; 09-10-2010 at 12:01 PM.
iPad 64gb wifi, and loving it
Actually - after some thought I know one person with an HTC.. And while they like it, they will admit they would have had an iPhone if it wasn't as expensive.
And there are quite a few Blackberry users. I really liked my blackberry - but it was still a little too orientated towards enterprise use, which I can fully understand is a big advantage over the iPhone for that type of user.
To swing the discussion another way - how much help have Android phones had in the US due to the iPhone only being available on AT&T? (the US market is obviously very large and important - so I think its reasonable to feel it twists the figures a little). It seemed to me that iPhone ownership exploded in the UK once O2 lost their exclusive with Apple - it just seemed that while many people might have wanted an iPhone, they didn't want one enough to pull them away from their network of choice.
This is all obviously just based on general observation and has no figures to back it up, but it's an honest viewpoint trying to not be swayed by my love of Apple
I would also label many of my colleagues (and myself) as geeks - but not in a tech sense! More news, research and reference type geeks - which I think is fair to say the iPhone with particular apps excels at.
Last edited by Prasius; 09-10-2010 at 12:22 PM.
As much as I want a smartphone fees & service keep me away. Apple's marketing iOS in non-cellphone tech direct to consumers was brilliant. It gets people like me (put off by smartphone contracts) into using the OS before I'm up for a good plan.
I'm debating joining a Verizon family plan next year with my fam. Having an iPhone available would make me jump faster. Android has a lot of promise but I just haven't invested in it to differentiate. Instead it is just a smartphone attached to an expensive cellular plan.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab interested me until it was hinted it'll only come out paired with a cellular plan.
My experience over the years with samsung phones is that they are always ahead of the curve....but not in a good way.
They offered a 5MB camera when vga was standard.....but the phone was total crap.
They offered speech to text before it was dreamed of.....but it was wrong 90% of the time.
They had a small touchscreen alternative to the iPhone shortly after iPhone came out...and it was BUGGY garbage.
They tend to release products on the bleeding edge...without really testing them.
I played with the new Verizon android samsung....I forget what it was called...something with an N. It was pretty choppy and the screen didn't look nearly as good as the incredible or droid x. I think im just going to hold on to my crappy droid until something good (please iPhone please!!!) comes out hopefully. If not iPhone than I will be looking into win7mo because it looks like the first viable contender.
Apple is on target and will provide cloud usage by the end of the year they are not seriously behind in any way infact they are ahead. This massive server farm is the reason.
Apple’s new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, is due to go into full operation later this year, Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer said in the Q3 conference call. The $1 billion data center is one of the largest ever built, rivaling server farms operated by some of the biggest companies on the internet. Macworld
I believe we will see major changes on how we use all i devices sooner than later once the farm comes on line.