Three iPhone devs try to switch from iPhone, all find Google Android phones ‘significantly lacking’

Apple Online Store “In just the past few weeks Steven Frank, Alex Payne, and Andre Torrez all tried switching from the iPhone to Android. All three are smart, open-minded, and eloquent regarding their reasons for trying Android. All three are developers who care about the quality and design of software and hardware,” John Gruber reports for Daring Fireball.

Gruber reports, “All three found Android significantly lacking.”

“No doubt some iPhone owners look upon this with glee, much like sports fans watching a rival team flail. I look upon it with glum disappointment. I’ve said it before and will say it again, the best thing that could happen for Apple and iPhone owners would be for at least one strong rival to appear. Two would be even better. A monoculture benefits no one in the long run, because it’s competition that drives innovation,” Gruber opines.

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, then how did Apple produce the iPhone (or the Mac, the iPod, or Mac OS X, for that matter) in the first place? Apple competes very effectively with themselves. History proves that they certainly do not need a bunch of wannabes to spur them on.

Gruber writes, “I know there are new Android phones on the horizon. I know there have been some nice Android OS updates. But from my vantage point, the Android state-of-the-art is today further behind the iPhone state-of-the-art than it was when the G1 debuted last October.”

Gruber offers up some suggestions for how Google Android phone-makers can try to out iPhone Apple’s iPhone in his full article here.


  1. That article was lame, I was reading in hopes of it telling why they decided not to write for the Android phones, when in the end it turned out to be an article about how to topple the iPhone’s dominance 🙁

  2. Man, I am sooooooo sick of that oft repeated line about how Apple needs competition, blah blah blah. MDN is spot on – Apple came up with the iPhone, and then two more iterations in the absence of any meaningful competition. Time for bloggerists to do a bit more of their own thinking and stop repeating exhausted lines. Indeed, it strikes me that in the business world, there is little competition, ever – there is instead a single company that makes a break through, and the others then copy it. A bit depressing, really.

  3. I have Android and love it. I had an iPhone and had one too many issues… light leaks, dust under the LCD, Wifi issues… I have no regrets trading mine and all the apps are free on the Android with less Ads. iPhone free apps = garbage

  4. @Peter,

    well good for you…
    we all have reasons…
    i can’t stand AT&T;.
    But i still see way more useful apps on iPhone than Android (at this time)
    Regarding free apps being junk… well, isnt that what we should expect? Windows had a ton of useless apps… because they were free or a developer was just plain bored. I know someone who created a piano with cat sounds. Useless? sure, jokes besides, but really how many quality free stuff should we expect?

    i will say that Android will likely be the only challenger. but until they unify the platform a bit. The iPhone will continue to dominate. If Apple decides to drop the dumb exclusive thing with AT&T;- sorry but i am unsure if Apple will have a true competitor in that space. A legal monopoly like Windows would exist.

  5. Just because there are no phones that come close to the iPhone does not mean there is no competition. Of coarse there is competition and Apple knows it. Apple knows that if they slack off, a better product will emerge.

    Apple is the kind of company that isn’t slacking. Someday, it may go the route of M$. But for now, every one knows Apple is a special company because they are competitive and know that competition is right behind them.

    Thank goodness for competition, it gives us great Apple products.

  6. The problem with Android is exactly what most people tout as “a good thing.” Android runs on may different phones from many different manufacturers.

    From a developer’s perspective, that is a nightmare. They have to account for different processors, different hardware specifications, different user input methods, different screen sizes, and different wireless network standards. In the mobile phone world, such diversity is much more severe than in the PC world. Imagine a lone developer having to test his or her app against all of those variations in what an “Android phone” can be. It would be impossible.

    If they develop for iPhone, one version of their app works on all the millions of iPhones and iPod touches ever sold. Even if a future versions of iPhone (or that “tablet”) is significantly different, Apple is one company. They will keep control of the change so that old apps still work and developers can make a smooth transition to the new hardware capabilities while maintaining reasonable compatibility with older hardware.

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