Originally Posted by Quadra 610
So what does Google focus on? Not user experience. Not a rich, vibrant ecosystem.
That's your biased, anything that isn't Apple sucks, and quite frankly BS opinion.
Google Maps is still the best and easiest to use online mapping sites. It provides an excellent user experience. I cringe whenever someone tells me to look up an address on MapQuest with it's antiquated, hard-to-read maps. Google Earth is a very cool, very slick mapping program. And it happens to have a vibrant, thriving ecosystem of map data sets, 3d building models, etc.
I gave up using Apple's crappy Mail.app and just leave a tab open to my Gmail account at home. It's by far a much less frustrating user experience than Mail was. Especially when I don't have to have 3 apps sitting open (Mail, iCal, and Address Book) to accomplish the same thing one browser tab pointing to Gmail can do.
Google's search engine is still the best out there. It's still the best at providing relevant results for your search. And still as drop dead easy to use now as it was when it first started.
Google Health is really cool way to have access to your medical history and test results. I just wish more of my health care providers made use of it.
Google makes cool stuff. They're willing to go out on limbs that Apple won't bother to touch (would Apple ever conceived of doing Street View for maps?). And they have a sense of humor and fun that seems sorely lacking from Apple (they're annual April Fool's joke, Google Moon that used to show the surface as cheese if you zoomed in far enough).
Anecdotally, there are at least 4 Android phone users in my family, none the same phone model, ranging from middle school aged to 40 something adults. They're all quite happy with their phones and haven't had any issues figuring out how to use them.
And at the same time, the iPhone is a really cool phone. Now that it's coming to Verizon, I just might pick one up (or switch to AT&T since Verizon is apparently disallowing my employee discount on the service plan and dropped the New Every Two $100 credit I was due to receive in two months).
I'm not a blind Apple fan. I'm not a slavish fandroid. I can think for myself. I love cool tech. I love my PS3. I love my TiVo. I loved my iPod Classic (until the hard drive died). I look forward to getting a 3D TV by year's end.
In a few weeks, I'll probably love my new iPhone. But I'll still be keeping my eyes open to what cool things come out of the Google camp