You either don't know what you are talking about, trolling, or both.
1st you don't get what Google fragmentation is about or how google branches, vendor branches, and varying hardware are the cause of a serious fragmentation problem.
The iPhone is hardly "lax on features". It has far more than any version of Android and implements them better.
Apple has treated the iPhone as a tool to make money? Well I would hope Apple treats all of its products as a means to make money. That is the business they are in after all. Are you naive enough to believe Google doesn't do the same? Of course they do it by collecting as much of your personal information as possible, without your permission, and monetize it. Also by ads to eyeballs. I'l take Apples approach of making the best possible product any day.
The iPhone is hardly locked down. Certainly not any more than any other smartphone. You have to hack all of them for end users to modify them and thats as it should be.
How you think Apple has abandoned their current products and users is beyond me but then I don't much care how you came up with that foolish statement.
Competition is good so i am glad Android is around. The Pre, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile are hardly competition. But Android has some show stopper issues.
1st you can only use 256MB of space for apps. Yes thats it. Hard to believe but thats the case in 2009. You can hack Android and supposedly run apps on a card but thats theoretical. So until this is fixed, and don'y expect it anytime soon, Android users will not be able to run apps like iPhone users and many versions of apps that are on the iPhone will have severely limited Android versions. Thats already happening and software vendors are not happy about it. Several high profile software developers have already announced they are abandoning Android to focus on the iPhone because Android is just not worth their time and trouble.
Android is slow. Dog slow. You can't even scroll the home screen without lag.
The onscreen keyboard is near unusable.
Multi-touch, where it exists, is a pale imitation of the iPhones.
Handling of various media and syncing is awful unless you only want core Google apps.
The UI needs lots of work in many places.
If Android was as good as the iPhone I would consider it but it's not even close.
Originally Posted by ronnyej
Wow can we say read and regurgitate?
Thats kinda what happens when you have an OS thats completely open... people like htc come along and build their own little launch bars etc. Keep in mind here.. Google is the end all be all for android... their code branches are whats official.
I for one am happy there are competitors... I'd admit to being somewhat of an apple fanboy in the past, but lets face it, apple has treated the iphone as a tool to make money, and not anything else. I beleive its handling of software releases, or lack thereof has quite frankly been apalling.
"Let's release a phone thats really lax on features, and have the os locked down so end users cant fill in the gaps. Next lets abandon our current users, and current software so we can build some other new idevice that we can ream people for. "
I always thought having something like android around to keep apple in check was a fantastic thing... if apple thinks they are on top of the game, they wont do a damn thing to improve iphone or iphone software. IMO I think apple has dropped the ball big time with the iphone (specifically the iphone 3gs), and I hope they get schooled so that perhaps they will try and shed a bit of the arrogance going forward.