Sorry, Android: if the iPhone 4G comes to Verizon, I’m dropping your ass like a bad bean sandwich.
I’m an Android user, and my phone — the Droid Eris — is decent enough (it was my first smartphone and I didn’t want to commit hundreds of dollars my first time out). Meh performance, but great design and it has very quickly become an indispensable part of my life.
Which is why I’m panting at the possibility of getting an iPhone this summer.
Sure, I could just upgrade to a top-of-the-line Android handset like the Droid Incredible. But in my heart of hearts, that would be like buying an Acura when what I really want (and can afford) is a Lamborghini.
The only reason I’m not using an iPhone is because it’s not available on Verizon, the best cell network. Yes, on principle I am disgusted by Apple’s increasingly “fuck you”-ish attitude about interoperability and open standards. But guess what? Their product still kicks every other one’s ass six ways from Sunday, and when it comes to a smartphone, principles only get you so far. You just want the best.
And about this big open standards business: If the Android Marketplace is such an open utopia of developer love, why the f*ck are all the apps crapola compared to iPhone’s? Every other week I hear about some new iPhone-only app that I curse not being able to use. Hell, I carry an iPod Touch with me just for Instapaper. That’s ALL I do with it. Seriously: a whole separate device I willingly lug around just for one killer app.
Android has NO killer app. Not one. I’m sorry. It’s true. Anything awesome I’ve seen on Android (a rarity anyway) is available on the iPhone, and usually done better to boot.
Yes, I know: Google Voice is only available on iPhone as an HTML5 workaround. But guess what, it IS there. And I only use it for voicemail transcription anyway, not a dialer, so the webapp version is good enough for me. And Google’s amazing, literally-seems-like-magic Voice Search is already available as a bona fide iPhone app. So remind me what the f*ck I need Android for, again? So I can be in the same camp as Cory Doctorow, the tech world’s version of Walter from The Big Lebowski? (Seriously, just replace “Shomer Shabbos!!!” with “open source.”)
No thanks. For normal people who don’t take perverse joy in taking three times as many taps to do everything, or people who care about beautiful technology, Android is a wasteland. It’s telling that it took a whole separate company — HTC — to give the damn thing a UI that doesn’t suck.
You want big bad Apple not to “win”? Try actually bringing your A-game then. Make apps that are the equivalent of “beautiful machines that scream with precision fury.” Not what Android has now, which is like an app-market hybrid of Etsy and eBay: a few clever efforts and whole a lot of useless garbage.
Meanwhile, I’m crossing my fingers for a Verizon iPhone launch.
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