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Woz prefers Android… !!?!

…and somebody just divided by 0 somehere!  J/K.  Here’s what Woz said in an interview over at the Daily Beast:

“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…”.

“My primary phone is the iPhone,” Woz told the Daily Beast. “I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”

As much as we, around here, full-heartedly believe the Android OS to be superior, it’s odd to hear someone from ‘the other camp’ make that statement.

I’m no Apple hater, despite how my friends like to portray me as one.  I have a healthy amount of respect for it. I’ve given it it’s due where required, and attempted to use it for myself, but could never get the level of satisfaction from using it as I have with my Android.

Talking to iPhone peeps and it’s an entirely different story.  Often they’ll speak down on other OS’s as tho’ you’re still in the stone ages, and they’ll often make this comment without having even turned on an Android powered phone.

So, hearing Woz make a statement like this; makes my heart a little softer, knowing that you can’t generalize one group of people … that there are always exceptions, especially the properly informed.  And Woz is definitely one of the ‘informed’ (tho’ he did date Kathy Griffin for some time).

Anyhow, if that’s not a stellar promo, I don’t know what is.

He makes the comment in the article about how iPhone is the ‘simple answer’.  I say this a lot to people.  Just like how often I used to sell things with less features to people I know just wouldn’t know what to do with them.  (i.e. selling someone a corded phone when they would have a million questions about how you charge a cordless up).

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  • pascyyy

    As a current iPhone user, I have to agree with what Woz said. My daily
    phone is an iPhone and for the most part, it does everything I need and
    want it to do, but I had the opportunity of using a GS 2 for a little
    over a week and there were definitely some features that I really liked
    such as quick and easy access to common settings and a better built in maps and navigation system. It was really a great phone and only had a few drawbacks in my mind.

  • DT

    I really dislike the fanboy bent the media is taking on this.  He’s being honest, good on him.  I agree, iphone is better for non-nerds.  He’s a nerd, thus he likes some of the stuff android lets you do.  ’nuff said – don’t turn it into a fanboy moment.

  • Brett Bellaire

    I’m like you.  People think I hate all things ‘i’, but I don’t.  What I DON’T like is that people still just think nothing else can touch apple products.  I think the iPhone is a great product, but I would always tell people to consider alternatives before buying.  Like I would of any expensive product….

  • Anonymous

    I am mostly in the hate all things ‘i’ camp. The only apple product I can stand is computers. ALL of their portable devices are massive ripoffs. Why would you pay more for an equal product, let alone an inferior one?
    My GS2 is the best phone I have ever touched, and I can add cheap, expandable memory, and a cheap replacement battery from ebay. Apple users can only dream about that.

    • when you say “GS2”, I’m assuming you’re referring to the Galaxy S II.  So, Apple’s portable devices are “massive ripoffs”? How much is the Galaxy S II? $600? That isn’t really a lot cheaper than Apple’s phones, is it?

      • Anonymous

        Benji: Yes, I meant the Galaxy S II. Yep, it sure is around $600. But, it is much less with a contract, how most people buy them.
        iphones do not drop as much in price, and then there is the expandable memory issue I mentioned. Looking at the Telus website, I do not even see an iphone 4S 8GB, is there one? The 4S 16gb is $159 with a contract. To add 16gb more memory, you add $110 to that.
        My GS2 was $99 with the contract, when I bought it. To add 16GB of memory to that, I simply added a $29 16gb microSD card.

        Even ignoring the purchase price, the non-replaceable battery and expandable memory is my biggest problem with apple products.

  • “the other camp”. This is just silly. He’s a guy, a SUPER nerdy guy at that, who happened to start a company that makes a popular cell phone. He left the company twenty years ago, and has had nothing to do with it (apart from a small pay cheque each month) since then. Why be surprised? The fact that this is considered news saddens me.