T-Mobile Google Android phone as irrelevant as Microsoft Zune? (Should J. Ive replace Steve Jobs?)

“We’ve now had a chance to see the prototype G1 phone. Google is hoping to carve out its own niche in the cellphone market in much the same way Apple (AAPL) has recently done. Can we expect to see lines outside of T-Mobile stores when the phone goes on sale next month? Highly unlikely. Instead, Google’s gPhone appears headed down the same path of irrelevancy as the Microsoft Zune. According to Walt Mossberg, “The G1 won’t win any beauty contests with its Apple rival. It’s stubby and chunky, nearly 30% thicker and almost 20% heavier that the iPhone,'” Jason Schwarz writes for SeekingAlpha.

“It’s on days like today, when someone comes out with a product like the gPhone that we remember just how dominant Apple has become. Aren’t new product releases supposed to be better than the existing ones? Apple competitors are shamefully years behind and it’s all because of one man, Jonathan Ive,” Schwarz writes.

“Senior VP of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, is the most important man in the tech world. He is more important to Apple than Steve Jobs,” Schwarz writes.

MacDailyNews Take: Whoa there, Nellie!

Schwartz continues, “Jonathan Ive should be the next CEO of Apple.”

MacDailyNews Take: Well, our own SteveJack said as much… over five years ago!

Schwartz continues, “Apple’s software is good, their end to end user experience is great, but the look and feel of their products is what set’s [sic] them apart.”

MacDailyNews Take: Well, okay, so Schwartz doesn’t get it. It’s still a fun read.

Full article here.

22 Comments

  1. Nothing much to say other than the takes are funny.

    I’ve fielded several calls from clients asking about the Google phone and how it affects Google’s relationship with Apple. My remark has been and will continue to be that Google bit off more than it can chew and that Apple is frankly unconcerned with what Google is doing.

  2. He had something good going until he said Ive was more important that Jobs. And even if he were (*gasp*, don’t kill me!), making him the CEO would be the worst mistake Apple could make. Hide him as much as you can within Apple, and make him churn out the awesome products. That’s what he’s good at. Not being a CEO.

    The Android-Zune comparison is true though!

  3. I wish I could find the quote, but His Steve-ness recently spoke of the design process saying it wasn’t as simple as it seemed. He mentioned that it involved saying no to a lot of potentially good things, and saying yes to the right one. The iPhone didn’t take on its final form until “scarily close” to the release date.

    The point is, Ive is a masterful designer, but don’t misunderestimate Steve’s role in what Apple’s products look like.

  4. Apple is Steve Jobs and visa versa. No one will ever be able to replace him. Yet, someday somebody will. When that happens Apple will start to become something other than what it is now. That is the nature of life. Everything eventually passes away and new things arise to take their place.

    I do not think a leader strong enough to replace Steve Jobs could coexist with him at Apple today. That person will have to arrive later. Hopefully, it will be a very long time from now.

  5. The iPhone is a Steve Jobs invention (and it is patented that way), not Jonathan’s. Steve is the genius behind all the success of Apple because he knows what people needs before they know they need it (I copied that from the MacHeads trailer, but it is true).

    Steve Jobs is a genius because he knows how to move the pieces, he knows who to hire and who to fire, he knows what to upgrade and what to take out of the market. He says when a product is acceptable and when it is not. Apple’s success is not about design, it is about strategy.

  6. all these devices that compare themselves to the iPhone just keep promoting the brand..G1, G2, G2 whats next? besides everything else they are doing right, Apple is smart enough to keep the iPhone brand consistent.

    …and Microsoft is dumb enough to keep the Zune brand consistent.

  7. “but the look and feel of their products is what set’s [sic] them apart.”

    How do these grammatically challenged writers ever get a job? And, where in the world is his editor?!?

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