So, here comes a companion piece to yesterday’s missive “Why Android Will Win.”
I’ll be clear up front. I do think Android will win, and by win, I mean surpass the iPhone to challenge Blackberry as the #2 smartphone of choice worldwide.
There was some question as to what “win” actually means, which is why I’m clarifying.
It’s a good exercise to play devil’s advocate and test how valid an assertion you agree with is, especially when it’s your own.
So, here goes.
- The App Store is closely curated to prevent malicious apps, whereas the Android Market is less so.
- There are four times the apps in the App Store compared to the Android Market, i.e. 200,000 vs. 50,000.
- Because there is only one iPhone, the hardware and software work dependably well together, creating a consistent and excellent experience.
- When Apple releases new iPhone OS features, they are immediately available, no lag time for carrier tweaking.
- The support experience is better.
That last one might be a bit of a fudge, but I think it’s accurate. If my EVO needed help, a Sprint store wouldn’t be terribly helpful because those are sales stores, not repair shops, and I couldn’t go to an HTC store.
All five of my reasons relate to experience, whereas my reasons for Android winning all relate to practical considerations.
Granted, I wasn’t planning to write this post yesterday when I wrote the Android one, so that might account for the difference.
But I doubt it. Most people buy technology for utility; geeks buy technology for experience.
The conclusion? Even though I believe Android will win, each of the five arguments I list against it still need to be addressed.
And likewise, Apple should address the practical arguments for Android.
I expect to see multiple levels of iPhone in the very near future, similar to the iPod line. It only makes sense when faced with an army of Android phones available at different pricepoints. A Verizon iPhone is rumored to be nearing completion, which might help alleviate the carrier issues.
So, what do you think? Who’s going to win and why? Either way, it’s a great time to be a gadget hound.
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