in my opinion ‘yes’. i have been a user of smartphone since 2004, and i have my fair share of gripes about windows mobile and symbian OS. i have since given up on both OS. my last was samsung i780 before switching to iOS in 2008. for the last two and half years, i was an iPhone user – from 3G to 3GS – until 2 weeks ago i decided to give Android a shot and see for myself what’s the hype about.
i have been using the Google Nexus One running on manually updated Android 2.2 aka Froyo for the last 2 weeks. so how was it? here’s my verdict: i can’t wait to get my hands on iPhone 4 from my local telco. i have listed the pros and cons in my earlier posting, now i got more to add. Apple will likely to dominate the smartphone market. iPhone has changed everything. being both a hardware and software company certainly brings about advantages when designing and producing the smartphone, or any products for that matter. being both a hardware and software company means both hardware and software can have much better integration. it eliminates or at the very least, minimize the issues between hardware and OS. productivity-wise, the software (the OS) will be more efficient as they only need to ‘talk’ to a single hardware designing company. it is better for software developer to develop for a single product (iPhone) which enables them to concentrate in making it better, rather than having to split their resources to develop for different manufacturers and different models. end result for Apple is a more stable product.
Apple has garnered much talks by controlling the distribution of iphone (itouch and ipad) apps. some critics disapproved of such control which curbed their freedom to develop. well, after using Nexus One for 2 weeks, i am beginning to appreciate Apple’s apps store and it’s intentions. android market does not have as many apps and variety compared to Apple’s apps store. i think it will not be as big as the apps store in anytime soon. why? there are simply too many models of android-based smartphone with varying screen resolution and possibly, proprietry UI features. it’s not going to be easy for developer to iron out bugs for all models in the market. on top of that, newer OS version is not readily available to all models in existing market which makes apps update a daunting task. very often then not, you will see comments such as ‘this apps doesn’t work on xx model’ on the android market. rather than commenting on the actual quality or usefulness of the apps, like usually you will see in the apps store. developers will likely to shy away from developing for such market, especially if its for monetary purpose. on top of that, there are several ‘independent’ markets sprouting out for android and these ‘independent’ markets even spammed the comments section of some apps in official Android Market to draw people to their sites. to me that’s definitely very unprofessional and unorganized. nobody ensure quality in the android market.
any tom, dick and harry can submit an app. i’d be hesitatant in buying paid apps on the official Android Market because i am not sure of its reliability in terms of credit card information handling. don’t get me wrong, i am not out to thrash android. android is a great OS. but perhaps, Google should design and manufacture their own hardware, and maybe have some control over the apps. i do have fun with the Froyo. it is fun and rather intuitive but it also reminds me of windows mobile. all i need is a straight forward phone. i don’t want to navigate through pages and pages just to reach a basic setting. nowadays, we all have too many things to learn and to do, it will be nice to simplify things a little. Google are you listening? 🙂
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last week, i came across a posting in an Android forum which mentioned something about Apple. the company, not the fruit. it was about how Apple wanted to patent or copyright the word ‘Pad’ for its iPad. frankly, i wasn’t aware of that pad-patenting-news. but what was interesting was the comment from one of the fellow ‘forumite’. it amazes me how extreme people can get. the particular forumite has so much hate for Jobs, which almost ‘sounded’ like he (Jobs) had done something really nasty him or his family.
to fair, i think Jobs & the team did ‘revolutionized’ many things. iPod alone has revolutionized portable music player. portable music player that plays MP3 format music was introduced in the late nineties (1998), where Apple only came into the portable music player market in 2001. never mind about who invented the player, but the key is who make it big and who made the name sticks. these days some people even refer portable music player as ‘iPod’, even though they simply means other brand of MP3 players. the name sticks. iPod became synonymous with portable music player. it was a marketeer’s dream. technology advancement has to go with design and the right marketing strategy to achieve what Apple has achieved with it’s various products today.
i am not a die-hard fan of Apple. i only ‘make-the-switch’ in 2008 and guess what makes me ‘make-the-switch’? two things: iPhone and Windows. the discovery of the goodness of iPhone OS, it’s simplicity and usability, coupled with the constant frustration with Windows’ security flaws and bugs made me decided that my life could be simpler. i want to use the machine that i have bought and not spending time doing diagnostic or speaking to the robot-like customer service people. i used to custom my own windows-based PC. i tired of missing drivers, security flaws et cetera. the last draw was with Windows VISTA which came with the Dell XPS 420. i am astounded by its (VISTA) endless bugs and driver incompatibility with many hardware. i was spending time calling DELL, making searches on the net for a solution. then came one day, i just walked into my local Harvey Norman and grab a unibody MacBook and the rest is history. since then, i have added an iMac, 2 generations of iPhone and an Apple Extreme Base Station to my Apple ‘collections’.
i just want to use computer and my mobile phone, and i am certainly not looking forward to patches or trouble shooting. i don’t hate windows. i welcome technology advancements, revolutions and competitions. but businesses shouldn’t let their books decided the fate of their products. i am using the Google Nexus One (Android 2.2 now) now. my conclusion? it’s a great phone and a superb OS. BUT, it definitely helps to be a hardware and software company. you make product with better integration between hard & software. period.
instead of giving a lengthy take on the Google Nexus One, i will just summarize it. i got so much to talk about it but with my thoughts rushing, words became blurry. why not just hit straight to the point? or points? (note: i’m referring based on non-rooted set running on manually updated 2.2 Froyo)
– high resolution sharp display resulting from AMOLED display
– fast processor
– external storage in the form of SD card (bundled 4GB)
– beautiful design, teflon-coated casing was a nice touch – literally
– fast operating system
– reasonable battery life (about 1 full day with constantly fiddling with mails, web and various other apps)
– wireless sync (or was it cloud sync?) – its a God sent, without having to be tied to a particular PC or Mac.
– touch keys are not sensitive at times (seems like the angle of the fingers do matters)
– capacitive touchscreen is not as good as iPhone’s (sometimes it doesn’t detect my touch)
– the edge of the screen seems to be ultra sensitive. people with large hands may just trigger something when holding the handset
– syncing with Google Account could be a potential security issue (do you trust Google?)
– one platform with so many makes lead 3rd party software implementation. one software works with N1 may not works with Motorola Droid.
– lacking in apps library (partly due to the above-mentioned issue)
– hardware and software derive from 2 different entities which will not be as ‘synced’ as Apple’s iPhone
– MMS (send) fails to work after manually updated to 2.2 Froyo, though i still can receive MMS
– why do we still need kill programs after we exit it?
i am kinda getting used to the Nexus One. if you have been looking at iPhone 3G/3GS for too long, trust me, you will find the AMOLED display much superior and pleasing to the eyes. this (the Nexus One) is just my transitional phone before the iPhone 4 comes along (after i managed to cracked my 3GS!).
for those still thinking is this phone is worthwhile, my answer is yes, if have never believed in iPhone and no, if you u think iPhone is great. it’s all about perception. i don’t want to live my life without trying and i am definitely not an extremist – i welcome technologies, whoever makes with open arms. back to question on the Google Nexus One’s worth, i would think if you are a technology nut, then it definitely a big YES to give the N1 a shot.