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Steve Wozniak: Android's "More Features" Will Beat iPhone Eventually

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The iPhone may still be Wozniak's favorite phone, but that doesn't mean he thinks it'll "win" the smartphone wars. Speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, he said that Android phones, with their "more features," will do better. Updated

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He's of course referring to Android as a platform, in comparison to the iPhone running one OS across only four handsets. While the iPhone "has very few weak points," and that there "aren't any real complaints and problems," it's the extra features Android phones boast that will secure Google's OS' future.

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What's also interesting is the detail that there were preliminary deals with "Japanese manufacturers" to make phones as early as 2004, but obviously they didn't pan out.

Interestingly, it seems he also shares our opinion on Nokia, labeling it as the "brand from a previous generation." Ouch. [De Telegraaf via Nieuwe Mobiel via Engadget]

Update: Engadget followed up with Woz and he cleared things up a bit. "Almost every app," he has, he says, "is better on the iPhone," and he expects Android will eventually turn out to be:

a lot like Windows... I'm not trying to put Android down, but I'm not suggesting it's better than iOS by any stretch of the imagination. But it can get greater marketshare and still be crappy.

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PsychoSuperman
PsychoSuperman

People really need to take a deep breath. Woz gave his opinion, based on how he feels. he didn't bash the iPhone, but he feels variety trumps stability in the long run. Is he right or wrong? Truth is nobody knows for sure.

Jobs says everything Apple makes is amazing, Ballmer laughs at other products and says they will fail...until they don't, and Google tires to not be evil, but I swear they watch you in your sleep!

Point is everyone thinks their approach is the best, and logically if they didn't think that why would they chose the path they are on?

Bottom line is we have 3 very different philosophies out there now from the heavy hitters:

Apple believes in a closed environment where they control the software and hardware so it can "just work". This does give you an great user experience.

Android's approach is to be as open as possible. Throw the OS on anything you want, and skin the heck out of it. They give you the freedom to do what you want, make the OS your own. Not for the faint of heart, but that freedom is worth it for many people.

Microsoft seems to fall in between. They seem to want a high end OS on only high end devices, but they still want some sense of variety. By mandating minimum standards, they make sure that the OS won't be gimped by inferior hardware. Also by not leaving the OS open to skinning, they control when devices are updated.

I'm sure one of those 3 choices seems like a clear winner to each of us, and we are entitled to that OPINION. But the truth is we won't know who wins or looses until the market develops more over the next few years. Would I be shocked if any of these take a commanding lead? No. I also wouldn't bat an eye if they are were dead even in sales.

Now play nice!