A bit of a roundup this afternoon as the cell phone inventor Martin Cooper, personal computer inventor Steve Wozniak, and advertising revolutionary Larry Page all give their opinions on iPhone vs. Android.
Martin Cooper went on CNN with this zinger:
"I think that the Android phones are catching up now, and the latest version of the Android phones are every bit as good, if not better, than the iPhone."
Of course, the accuracy of statements about which is better are inversely proportional to their generality. Don't tell us which, tell us why.
Apple's Steve Wozniak on Korea Times offers a little of that:
"It's difficult to find where things are (on Android phones). More and more, I feel like it is more like (Microsoft's) Windows in which many different hardware vendors have installed different equipment on the same platform. The (Windows') platform has to be very neutral and cannot be special. That's the similar problem Android phones have," he said.
"When you write an app for Android phones, there are so many platforms to consider. That's the problem Microsoft was facing with its Windows years ago. People like Apple products because they are always predictable and work."
Apple does a subset of features very well, but woe to you if you need something outside that subset. Google is currently doing as much as they can, even if all of it isn't polished yet. Both are moving towards the same goal, just taking very different paths.
As if to highlight that, Google's Larry Page went so far as to accuse Steve Jobs of distorting reality when it came to Jobs' charge that Google dropped the gauntlet by deciding to compete with Apple:
“We had been working on Android a very long time, with the notion of producing phones that are Internet-enabled and have good browsers and all that because that did not exist in the marketplace. I think that characterization of us entering after is not really reasonable."
But it is reasonable to say Android was aimed squarely (pun intended) at Windows Mobile Standard before Apple launched the iPhone, and now look at who's duking it out full-screen multitouch to full-screen multitouch.
We've just gotten a Nexus One running Android 2.2 Froyo here at TiPb HQ and we're going to put it one-on-one with iPhone 4 and iOS 4. If there's anything in particular you'd like to see, let us know in the comments.