Steve Wozniak Grabbed His Shiny New Galaxy Nexus From Google HQ

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You gotta hand it to Woz, he's his own man. When there's a new toy he wants, it doesn't matter if there's an Apple on it or not, he's going to get it. He'll go straight to Google if necessary.

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Illustration for article titled Steve Wozniak Grabbed His Shiny New Galaxy Nexus From Google HQ

He was gifted an Android 4.0 t-shirt as well. I have to say this is one of the things I love about Woz. In general, I think there's too much fealty in tech. But sometimes we must remind ourselves that technology isn't a religion. A cool thing is a cool thing. Tech agnosticism is a beautiful practice. What Would Woz Do? He'd get his hands on what is arguably the hottest phone of the year before the rest of us. Who among us wouldn't do the same? [Adam Powell and Nicolas Roard via Slashgear]


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DISCUSSION

I like Woz a lot but somehow, I think he was taken advantage of here. Woz is overly kind and can at times be taken advantage of. Engadget did this once with Woz and because I had first hand knowledge of the matter, I called them out on it and was banned there for it by Nilay Patel. Obviously Woz didn't seem to mind, he's socially inept on picking up on clues. The google engineer saw a chance to embarrass Apple here and took advantage of Woz. If they didn't want to brag, they could have still made the picture and put it on their cubicle. Instead, they chose to take advantage of Woz's naiveté. Woz never went there to embarrass Apple and if someone told him it would, it never would have happened. Why not give him a phone without posting his image all over the internet. I think it was disrespectful in my opinion. I'll probably be in the minority here, but I found it distasteful they would use this opportunity to gloat and try to embarrass Apple.

Update: After thinking, they may have made this photo to show Apple that they ought to give Woz an iPhone before the public, like Woz is getting the Nexus before the public. Though Woz likes to camp out, in many ways, its disrespectful of Apple to make Woz stand in line with everyone else, even if he enjoys it. If the photo was taken with that purpose and respect in mine and posted on the internet, then I'd agree with it.