Originally Posted by Slackpacker
Apple has to work on the stability of the iPhone.... Right now 2.0 is shaky thats where they need to work. I have to restore my iPhone weekly because freaky apps keep hosing it.
All you Androids underestimate what Apple has done. Its going to take Google quite some time to copy what Apple has done with the iPhone.
iPhone OS 2.1 is looking very firm. With the latest beta loaded on my iPhone 3G, i am quite impressed.
There are several things you should remember at this time:
1. The OS is the first time release at 3rd-party-level. Its bound to have bugs.
2. The OS is affected by the programs it runs, and iPhone OS is currently being blamed for program bugs. This is why Apple was hesitant to open the platform - do they want the blame for the bugs?
3. Apple was, sadly, way overstretched by management this year. The iPhone OS guys had far less time to bring this OS up to par, and were still releasing versions after gold master. Shows how tight it was as the 3G started shipping with a lower OS than the final 2.0.
Apple are adding in so many under-the-hood changes to make the OS more dynamic for developers, I think we need to be patient.
We are begging for more stuff, like IMs that work when the program is closed. The least we could do is give them a break on bug issues. After all, they have already addressed major bug issues with 2.0.1.
Lets just be a bit more forgiving.
As for android? Well... Google's good at what they do. Can they pull this off technically? Yes. Can they pull this off and keep the developers, customers, and companies happy at the same time? They are having it hard on this issue at the moment.
Will it sell? Its the same old war: quality v openness. We can tweak android a heck of a lot more, but I believe the iPhone is the superior device. The problem? Consumers are dumb. They want a phone that does everything forever. They want it to surf the internet with IM at the fastest speed all the time, and play music, and take calls, and still have power left after five days. They want control to change everything.
The problem? When they stuff up the device by their alterations, or they drain the battery life to about an hour, they will do one thing:
BLAME THE DEVICE. This is not a computer in a consumer's eye. Its a gadget. Gadgets stuffing up is the gadget-makers fault, not the software alterer's issue. On a computer they understand they may stuff it themselves. With a phone? They blame. Even if its their fault that they can't restore it cos of all the viruses they didn't protect against.
Apple is protecting its reputation and quality by taking the control themselves.
Google had better hope it doesn't get the wrong end of the stick when users destroy the software then complain.