Android vs. iPhone: The Battle for Funnerest Begins!

Yeah, A-Day -- it's like that. No sooner did Apple announce the iPod Touch as the "funnest" ever (yet apparently didn't tell OS X's built in dictionary not to take issue with that obscure, yet valid usage...), then Google and T-Mobile decided to have a little, er, "fun" with it themselves:

The friendly feel of Google but funnerer, smarterer, and conecteder

No enough they're undercutting the iPhone's price by $20 ($179 vs. $199, though there are reports some would be buyers are getting it for up to $350!), and breaking out innovative features like sliding alerts and pattern, almost game-like unlock screen, and even advertising it in Google white.

No, they have to go and get with the

Well, with Windows Mobile 7 delayed until late 2009, which may be before Palm OS 2.0 even sees the light of day, and Blackberry still not even on the next generation OS radar, it's nice to see someone taking it to Apple (even if they, with a CEO on the board of Apple, and services linked to the iPhone, may be more about complementing than competing at the moment).

Still, when the dust settles, and Steve takes the stage at Macworld 2009, we'll just see who's the Funnererer...est!

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Android vs. iPhone: The Battle for Funnerest Begins!


Video I've seen of Android seems to place it as a competitor to palm, and to a lesser extent windows mobile. It looks somewhere in between those two for ease of use, and with less lag and more performance than both.
But it serves ads to you? Ouch!
No iTunes. No iPod. No fun.

I think this is an exciting, awesome time for smart phone owners. Android and BB Thunder are exactly what Apple needs to prevent complacency; something to light a fire under Uncle Steve so that we might finally get an iPhone that we REALLY want: stability, copy and paste, turn by turn GPS, MMS, voice dialing, flash support, camera flash, video camera, etc. Stop worrying about becoming the next PSP and start giving us these smart phone features, Apple or someone else will.

I agree with tunnlrunner. I hope this forces Apple to get more updates out to us and give us what we should have had from the beginning of the iPhone.

While Apple showed us the way, it takes at least two companies and some serious competition to truly stimulate innovation. As a result, the next few years will see mobile advance far beyond what we could have imagined only 2 years ago.