Originally posted on 1-30-2011
I’m concerned for the average user. Since I’ve been using both Android and iOS devices and watching how it’s all unfolding, a lot of people are going to lose out on hard-earned money by buy Android devices.
It all boils down to how long can you use your device and how functional is or will be. I see Android as being in Beta and the users are the testers the only difference is I don’t see it coming out of beta any time soon. Android is playing catch up to Apple’s iOS and the users are suffering for it if they know it or not. Google has version 2.2 and 2.3 out and it still feels like beta. Now they are coming out with version 3.0 that is for tablets and then maybe put it on the phones. They needed to do this to catch up to iPads because manufacturers want to come out with tablets to sell, so it will be like version 1 instead of 3. Just a couple of weeks ago, when Motorola showed their new tablet that is coming out, they couldn’t even demo the OS just videos showing what it will be like. That sounds like beta to me! This close to manufacturing a product and they couldn’t even show the actual OS running on it, that is not a good sign. That’s like RIM and the playbook they thought they could have it out in short order but the release date keeps getting pushed back. I have to at least acknowledge RIM for not just releasing the product before it’s ready unlike Google.
You’re at the mercy of the manufacturer of the device. If you bought a galaxy tab, will it get updated to V3.0? Maybe or maybe not. V3.0 is for a dual core (mainly) processor that the tab doesn’t have. If it gets the update how will it run, probably not very well. The manufacturer doesn’t really care too much they would rather have you buy the next version of their product. For the phones the service provider has to pay manufacturer’s for the update so that’s 2 companies standing in the way. Google has no say in it. They told them version 2.x wasn’t for tablets and they came out with it anyway. Apple on the other hand doesn’t rely on the manufacturer, because they are the manufacturer and the service providers don’t have a say in it. When they come out with an update they still are supporting over 2 year old equipment, your definitely not going to see that on Android. Expect to be shelling out money every year for each device. It will take a while for people to wake up, will that be too late? By buying Android stuff your showing that you don’t care how you and your money is treated.
What about the market place? How will you find an app specifically made for a tablet. Do you know what a headache it is to have an app to run on all these different hardware and different Android version? You don’t care you just want it to work on what you have well that just doesn’t happen all the time. On Apple that isn’t the case. Apps will run on a 3G or iPod or iPhone and even the iPad and it’s easy finding Apps specifically written to take advantage of the larger screen.
You keep hearing from people who Apple is a closed system blah blah blah. Most of them are just repeating what they heard without thinking about it or even understanding what it means or means to them. You can always jailbreak the phone if you really need to. What is it that you want to do with a phone that Apple doesn’t allow? Apple is concerned about the user and the user’s experience and having control allows them to give you that awesome experience. With Android there is too many chefs in the kitchen and Google can’t do anything about it.
Google doesn’t pay attention to the details they even seem distracted. You do know that Google doesn’t sell Android that they give it away? As a matter of fact it costs them a lot of money. What? That’s right, Google is an ad company period. Everything they do, they do to learn more about you and selling directed ads. Everything they offer is to gain more information about you. If you’re using something and didn’t pay for it, then YOU are the Product!! Here’s a good blog about Google and Android http://pocketnow.com/android/how-does-google-make-money-with-android .
Apple isn’t an ad company the two are very different and it shows in their products. Even taking out all the tracking and information gathering that Google does of the equation, I’d still pick Apple for quality, experience and satisfaction. Lets talk dollars since that is what it’s all about and look at it this way. Apple wants you to have a great experience with their products so you will buy more of their products now and in the future. Google wants to sell you, or as you know it, sell targeted ads at you, getting you to use their stuff is just a by-product. Apple has a great eco system to give you more for your money and better experience; their stuff just works. Android not even close and their eco system, that is just thrown together, and it’s just another piece of data to collect on you.
People are going to realize too late all the information that is collected on them and what it means. I’ll leave you with this video link on how bad google is/can be, people like free stuff but at what cost: