Originally Posted by solipsism
Youve jumped to some exceptionally incorrect conclusions. Explain to me how they can drag and drop wirelessly from their phone to the Mac PC. They have no sync cable, they have no cable and they have no home WiFi. If they expected it to work just like an iPhone they would have expected a USB cable to come with the phone.
Which Fortune 500 companies have adopted Android?
Red Herring. This has NOTHING to do with your initial question. How many fortune 500 companies adopted the iphone 2G at launch? Like I said, it took SEVERAL revisions of the OS to get it to the point where companies would adopt it. Android is just getting there with Froyo, and google hasn't made a big corporate push yet like Apple did when they finally got their software up to par.
You say this despite inconsistencies, the lack of oversight, the various changes any vendor can make (*cough* Sense UI *cough*), and perhaps worst of all the comments I hear from Android users like, If you cant do [x] on an Android phone you must be an idiot/deserve what you get. Not everyone wants wants to tinker with their phone 24/7. They just want it to work right which is why RiM, MS and Apple have a leg up on Android here.
Again, you're speaking from an apple centric point of view. People coming from virtually ANY other OS (yes, even RIM) wouldn't be asking these questions like you are. And there are a ton of people who wouldn't even consider Android without Sense, etc. The overlays broaden the market. The typical user doesn't care about what OS their phone is running, or if their row of icons looks exactly like the next person.
You're talking as if they're going to go from sense to stock to Blur and back again every few weeks. The AVERAGE consumer has their device for 2 years, and the AVERAGE consumer goes into get a new phone expecting they have to learn an new UI and they are a OK with it. I know this because I used to sell hundreds of phones to "average" consumers who couldn't care less about these points that we like arguing about so much online.
They want a phone that does what they want it to do, and for a majority of consumers, android (even android 1.5) does that. The MOMENT you start talking about forum posters, even on facebook, you're talking about fringe users, not the average user.
There were DOS apps that could do what Windows apps could do, but with more convenience and with a better experience, even if they were technically slower. That didnt stop the GUI from taking off. Thats what this argument reminds me when people say they can find the same app across different platforms but dont mention how well it works for users. Have you see iPhone apps running on the iPad? They technically work but the experience is so bad that most people I know have deleted them. For instance, they use the Facebook webpage over the Facebook app, even though the Facebook app for the iPhone is great on the iPhone.
Then you misread me.
If I want to find an app to track my checkbook, I can find one on iOS and I can find one on android. I want a twitter client? Done.
Now, I might not be able to find Tweetaholic on android, but i can find Touiteur. I'm not saying "the same exact app" I'm saying an app that does what I need an app to do. For the record, I have both these twitter clients, I much prefer Touiteur in pretty much every aspect, but I know people who say the exact opposite, and that's fine.
It has to mimic usability.
No, it has to be USABLE. iOS is usable, but it's not the only version of usability. Android, in all variations, is exceedingly usable, but different than iOS.
The reason so many iphone users hate android and think it's trash is because they expect it to act just like their current OS, but it doesn't, so they write it off.
My Macbook operates differently than the PC OS I've used for the past 10 years, does this mean it's not usable? I mean, it doesn't even have a right mouse button, does this automatically make it inferior? No, it makes it DIFFERENT.