“August was supposed to be the month that Andre Torrez kicked the iPhone habit. Like many tech-savvy early adopters the chief technology officer at Federated Media in San Francisco had had enough of Apple’s omnipresent iPhone,” Dominic Rushe reports for The Times.
MacDailyNews Take: If by “many,” Rushe means a handful of knee-jerk loudmouths who will soon regret their decision, if they don’t already, he’d be right. Otherwise, no.
Rushe continues, “Frustrated by stories that Apple was squeezing software developers and rumours it was blocking applications that could compete with products controlled by Apple and its partners, Torrez decided it was time to switch. Like all good techies he made the move a public event – blogging a day-by-day account of his defection to a G1 phone powered by Android, a mobile software platform developed by Google.”
MacDailyNews Take: Sheesh. That’s like protesting Coke for selling sugary cola by switching to Pepsi. Please see: Google bans tethering app from Android Market.
Rushe continues, “”By day three Torrez’s enthusiasm for the G1 was already waning: ‘I can’t think of one application that works as well as the average iPhone app. I need to keep looking,’ he wrote… By day seven it was over. Queuing to use a cash machine, Torrez found he had even lost the will to Twitter. ‘I give up. I thought it would be fun to see what life was like on a different platform but I think I’ve seen more than enough on this hardware,’ he wrote.”
Rushe reports, “‘On Saturday my family was here to visit and I found myself reaching for the iPhone to check on a restaurant, map some directions, and to check on an order. Given a choice between the two I just could not keep flipping that thing open knowing there were other perfectly good computers nearby … I took the G1 into work today but I came home knowing what I had to do. I switched back to the iPhone,’ [Torrez wrote.]”
Rushe reports, “Good news for Apple. Bad news for Google.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Robert S.” for the heads up.]