“Congratulations, Google. You’ve spent untold millions of dollars to produce another iPhone — two years late,” Fred Vogelstein writes for Wired. “That about sums up the company’s Nexus One phone launch today.”
“The Nexus One is as ‘me too’ a product as they come,” Vogelstein writes. “Sure, for the moment, some functions are better on the Nexus One than the iPhone — speech recognition for all apps, better camera, video and application multitasking are the ones that caught my eye.”
“But it’s still effectively tied to the smallish T-Mobile cell phone network,” Vogelstein writes. “Google promises a Verizon version for the United States and Vodaphone for Europe in the spring. But that’s all Google would say. Given the power the carriers still try to wield over mobile phones, that’s almost like saying nothing at all.”
“Other quibbles: The Android app store is a fifth the size of Apple’s,” Vogelstein writes. “And the Nexus One lacks the convenience of being connected to iTunes.”
Vogelstein writes, “Meanwhile, Apple is getting ready to announce an entirely new iteration of its iPhone in three weeks — the tablet — that will likely make every other player in the market look like a laggard — again.”
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MacDailyNews Take: And, lo, the dream dies again – nice and quickly this time, mercifully. Now, get ready for the future. Coming soon from Apple. As usual.
The endless hype and overwrought excitement over each successive “iPhone killer” has always cast a rosy glow over Apple iPhone’s future. Such rabid anticipation isn’t for whichever device is being anointed “iPhone killer” this month, nor is it anti-Apple sentiment in any meaningful amount, it really comes from people who lust after iPhone, but are stuck on iPhone-less carriers. Every time you see an article or hear someone talking up an “iPhone killer,” it’s an expression of iPhone lust. As we’ve seen in other countries where Apple has taken iPhone to multiple carriers, the constant “hysterical frothing” over
LG Voyager, HTC Touch, BlackBerry Bold, Samsung Omnia, BlackBerry Storm, Motorola Droid, “Google Phone” really signifies that there is much pent up demand ready to be tapped by Apple when they feel the time is right to make their next move. – MacDailyNews Take, December 14, 2009