Chicago Sun-Times’ Ihnatko: Motorola Droid’s ‘iDon’t’ ad’s claims about iPhone are baloney

Apple Online Store Andy Ihnatko writes for The Chicago Sun-Times, “Verizon’s ubiquitous ‘iDon’t’ commercial has been peppering TV for weeks now. It makes two conventional mistakes in advertising. It’s not clear that it’s an ad for the Verizon Droid phone… [and] its claims about the limitations of the iPhone are baloney. (Mostly.)”

Some of the Droid’s “iDon’t” ads claims debunked:
iDon’t have a real keyboard: I can type twice as fast on the iPhone as I can on the Droid’s mechanical keyboard. Nobody [who tested it] thought the Droid’s [mechanical] keyboard was very good.
• iDon’t run simultaneous apps: Not completely true. You can’t run more than one third party app simultaneously on an iPhone. When I’m navigating with my third-party GPS app, the iPod app is playing music and the Mail app is fetching mail in the background.
iDon’t allow open development: Droid shouldn’t try to fight the iPhone toe-to-toe on apps. It’s absolutely no contest: the iPhone has the largest, broadest, and highest-quality library of mobile apps anywhere. Verizon is aiming a peashooter against the USS Nimitz.

Ihnatko continues in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Motorola Droid: “iDon’t have a chance in hell at dethroning Apple’s iPhone.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Russ W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Yeah the geeks will buy the DROID but it will go in the bottom of their pocket and collect dust. It will be so difficult to use that no one will waste their time with it. The iPhone always stays in peoples hands because it is easy and convenient to use. People just use it.

  2. “Verizon is aiming a peashooter against the USS Nimitz.”
    Good one Andy.

    Well said.

    If Company needs to reply on misinformation to sell a product, what does that say about both the Company and the product? And doesn’t it hurt credibility in the long run?

  3. Droid/Verizon: iDon’t have my own innovation so I’ll use the Apple’s catch phrases to advertise my knock-offs.

    I chuckled at the “iDon’t do widgets” flash sign. Like the average phone buyer is going to care whether an app is called an ‘app’ or a ‘widget’.

  4. My big question has to do with Verizon itself. The reason I dumped them in the first place was a) poor to no Mac support; b) charging out the ass for anything and everything.

    So has that changed? Can you sync your contacts, bookmarks, music? Do they charge trillions of dollars for sending a text message?

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