Steve Wozniak: Android Now Bests the iPhone in Some Ways

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Steve Wozniak thinks the iPhone is still the best overall smartphone but says Android has leapt ahead in some key areas, reports the Daily Beast.

"My primary phone is the iPhone," Woz told the site. "I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do."

Noting that Android devices aren't as simple to use as iPhones, Woz says "if you're willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there's more available in some ways."

Woz notes that there are some key areas that Android bests iOS.

For developers, Android may be fragmented across devices and have a toolkit that is less refined but not having to deal with Apple's approval process is a huge benefit. Creating an iOS app is always risk. Apple could refuse its approval or pull your app at any time. Also, updates can't be made immediately which leads to bad publicity while you wait for Apple to approve your fix.

Another feature Woz takes issue with Apple's implementation Siri.

"I used to ask Siri, 'What are the five biggest lakes in California?' and it would come back with the answer. Now it just misses. It gives me real estate listings. I used to ask, 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' and it would answer. Now instead of getting prime numbers, I get listings for prime rib, or prime real estate."

Woz is also frustrated with Siri's need to connect to Apple servers. "With the iPhone 4 I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can't connect. I've never had Android come back and say, 'I can't connect over the Internet.'"

"I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me," Woz says. "I'll be saying, over and over again in my car, 'Call the Lark Creek Steak House,' and I can't get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it's done. Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that."

Wozniak also remarks that his battery life has drastically worsened with iOS 5.

Overall he recommends the iPhone for people already in the Mac world and who are scared by complex computers.

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Juan - January 19, 2012 at 1:13pm
i own gs2 and iPhone 4, Not 4s, and there is no way gs2 is way ahead, like android users thinks, i even rooted my gs2 t909, nothing in there that would make me change to android. iOS has something different, its simple to use and view, it's like starting to draw in a white paper, you can draw and draw and make it to your taste, complicated or not, even more If you JB Android comes fully loaded with options that pc guys (like me) would say Woaw it has everything, but then you realize it's way more complicated, not made at your taste, and you will use 20% at most of this complex sets of functions.. For example my first impression with gs2, animated wallpapers :| what's this 1998? Some will like it some don't, I don't, so I have to change it, then the menus, there are too many for doing the same things, why?, and the interface doesn't feel as smooth as iOS. Bigger screen?? Bigger phone... Who sees movies on a phone btw? If you are tech savvy like you have to be to understand and use your android to it's full, you won't be watching a movie in a small screen, at least use a 42" 1080p with a 5.1 ht... That's the least use feature on my phones.. I have one or two sd shows from the 80s or 90s but even then I really don't watch it too much.. I don't even like a 20" monitor for watching movies One thing we are forgetting too this are phones, simplicity is a big deal! Btw I don't consider myself an apple fan in no way, I haven't own a Mac ever, because I can do more and faster on my pc (pretty loaded), mac did had a leap years ago, now i dont see any difference, I can solve problems way faster, hack my win 7 as i want it, there's a software for everything, and I'm a graphic designer and communicator specialized in audiovisual..and a tech savvy, I see my iPhone as my pc, there is an app for everything, way way way more than android, is faster, easier to use, and I can hack eveything on it... And it's not even an 4s Android could have one thing there or two, it's not like the worst phone or s60 os, but no way there is a leap ahead to say android is better iOS sucks!..
Trigger Man - January 19, 2012 at 11:52am
Woz Hasn't worked for Apple since 1987. He has vested interest in many of his technical ventures..Apparently someone who started Apple is working againts the company. As a share holder of many technical company, his goal to promote himself and his ventures. His opinion does not have any merit nor it makes any sense since IPHone wasn't around when it was developed a decade later. For a Smart guy - Your a MORON WOZ.
Iamright - January 19, 2012 at 7:33am
Bullshit bullshit bullshit... This isn't like Woz.
Justabrake - January 18, 2012 at 2:34pm
I think if Steve jobs was around he would have smacked him , I really hope apple isn't going to go in the wrong direction after jobs death , I don't like what I'm reading already with these higher up personnel
Chris tucker - January 18, 2012 at 12:41am
Hey Woz!!! BUFFET IN VEGAS IS 2 FOR 1. YOU LOOK LIKE YOU CAN HANDLE A BOAT LOAD! When you actually become techie and know what you talking bout, I'll listen! But for now, I SEE YOUR COMMENT TO BE MORONIC AND LACKING any form of intelligence!!!
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