Android Will Kill the iPhone and Cripple AT&T – Eventually
At least that is the review I read from Website Magazine, one of my favorite daily reads. They are all things website related then some. They keep me informed of happenings in the world of web.
Here’s an excerpt:
T-Mobile and Google announced the Android-loaded, HTC-manufactured G1 phone this morning to an enthusiastic crowd, waiting to be awestruck. At first glance, the G1 looks to be on very even ground with the iPhone. But look a little deeper and the potential divide is colossal.
At first, you see a touch-screen phone. The physical specs are about the same. The G1 has a slightly smaller screen, is a bit thicker and weighs about an ounce more, at 5.7 ounces, but also features a higher resolution camera. But the first big difference you see is the slide-out keyboard on the G1. This should be a big hit – it’s ease of use in in sharp contrast to the awkward experience of iPhone’s touch-screen keyboard.
- OPEN DEVELOPMENT FOR APPS (Opened world wide across multiple platforms – huge threat to Apple)
- DIRECT INTEGRATION W/ GMAIL, GOOGLE READER, SEARCH, CALENDAR, CHAT, iGOOGLE & MAPS (w/ Street View & Built In Compass)
- ONE DEVISION TO INTEGRATE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE
- No iTunes. Android will use Amazon’s mp3 store.
- Battery life.
- No video camera.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two devices, and the most important was summed up by Google co-founder Larry Page when he said, “This is as good a computer as you had a few years ago … as a phone.” And that’s an important distinction. Whereas Apple’s iPhone has been marketed as a Web-enabled phone, the G1 is being marketed as a full-on computer. And in case there was any confusion between the two, Google’s other co-founder Sergey Brin demonstrated his new favorite Android app. He tossed the phone in the air, saying that the app meausured the time between when the phone was tossed and when it landed – slyly demontsrating the accelerometer, the “fun” side of Android and effectively saying, this phone is every bit as good as the iPhone … but better.