I played with an android phone today. All the kids at the office were unanimous when I asked them about getting an iPhone. "The iPhone is too expensive". That may not be entirely true but I say if the teens and 20 somethings are flocking to this thing then it should be taken seriously.As for Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc. - I file them all in the "making a limited number of independently thinking users happy by working properly sometimes", a.k.a. "waste of time" category.
Except that unlike Linux Android is actually moving units in large quantities. It also has a lot of carrier buzz behind it, and not just from Verizon/Sprint. Canadian carriers are on board with Android, even those who have access to the iPhone. Just look at all those Telus commercials with the Desire, or Bell's big downtown promotional event with the Vibrant. They are recognizing that Android is the next big thing and that unlike the iPhone, they can differentiate themselves with the latest and greatest Android device.OMG, the undying Linux hope has moved to the wireless industry! I surrender - Android is unstoppable, just like Linux! The next distro around the corner will once and for all take the remaining 95% of the market.
Hmm, according to stats quoted earlier in this thread, the 800 lb gorilla is still Nokia. According to posters from this thread, the "new, infinitely good-hearted, and about to turn 800 lb any time now gorilla" is Android. You've got to get your "revolutionary", or "alternative", priorities straight, I guess.Since I've historically supported alternative platforms (OS/2, Linux, OpenBSD, Solaris, etc.), it's not a big surprise I'm not going with the new 800lb gorilla (Apple.)
That's what I've got: Android for me and the iPhone goes to my wife. And that's a good way to go - you get the best of both worlds..... I'll be getting the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant and the girlfriend, who is a MacHead, will be getting an iPhone 4....
It'll be an interesting test between the two units. We'll see who gets envious of the other person...
The fact that people here can't actually bet money on their predictions is making this thread pointless and its signal to noise ratio close to zero. I'm willing to bet a lot of money against the last part of this statement, but I suspect the author is just exercizing his typing.So I think it will keep bridging that gap and becoming more friendly for non-techies and at a cheaper price so I only see Androids popularity continuing to rise and iPhone's decline for the next 6 months at least.
Care to elaborate? My iPhone basically has the same syncing functionality to our Exchange Server that my Blackberry did.But like I've posted before, I find the iPhone very frustrating to use. It seems so basic, limited, and almost dumbed down. It's great for non-technical people because it's simple. But for more advanced users it's so limited. Sync (email/calendar/contacts) is so far inferior on the iPhone.
Why exactly do you say that? So far Android has been growing in popularity and more high-end Android devices are on the way. Meanwhile we're seeing a strong backlash against Apple for the first time (Flash, iPhone 4 signal issues, etc). While I don't doubt that they will sell many iPhone 4s and iPads, I see no reason for Android sales to slow in the near future, especially with devices like the Droid X, Droid 2, Vibrant, Captivate, Desire (North American version), and Epic 4G all launching in the past 2 months, and the Droid 2 World Edition, G2, and Fascinate all appearing imminent there's no shortage of Android choice. None of these has to sell as well as the iPhone, but if each sells equivalent to just 11% of iPhone sales that would match the iPhone right there, without including the many mid-range Android devices.The fact that people here can't actually bet money on their predictions is making this thread pointless and its signal to noise ratio close to zero. I'm willing to bet a lot of money against the last part of this statement, but I suspect the author is just exercizing his typing.
This reminds me of statements like "I dreamed of a BMW, but the dealer was so rude, so I went with an Audi". Every time I hear it (or something like that), I think "Hopefully now your committed relationship with the nice Audi dealer is all you had hoped for."Some people, myself included, choose not to fall for the Apple hype. I don't like to buy anything from a company run by a control freak.
I don't have a problem with vision. I do have a problem with a phone that prevents you from changing the battery. This limits how long you can go without charging and also puts your phone out of service when the battery has to be replaced. Then we get to the iPhone/iPad apps, where Apple seems to excercise arbitrary control over what apps are available to users. As for MS, the leader did have a vision of owning the computer software market, which caused him to use illegal and near illegal means to eliminate competition. As for technical vision, yeah, he sucks.That control freak's vision
I don't see the iPhone declining in the next 6 months, I see the whole Smartphone market continuing its explosion in this timeframe. Everyone I know is moving to a smartphone from their old "just make calls and text" dumbphones.TorontoColin, I am only willing to place a bet against "iPhone's decline for the next 6 months at least" part of the statement. The part about Android continuing to grow - that is debatable, and my expectation is that it might see some more increase of market share in the immediate future - while HTC, LG, Samsung and Motorola simply have no other OS to put on their smartphones - and customers who walk in stores, can't buy an iPhone or W7 device yet. It is safe to say though, that the glory days of this system are now, and it has or will peak in popularity in the next 6 or so months - pretty much in line with the statement of the article that started the thread.
Line up for Vibrant...http://mobilesyrup.com/2010/08/06/samsung-galaxy-s-vibrant-apparently-had-a-lineup-this-morning/As for the "backlash" that you are seeing - I personally only see lineups in front of Apple stores for now, and sellout in minutes when deliveries arrive elsewhere. Maybe you need to tell me where to look for it. It's the kind of "backlash" that other companies can only see in their dreams.