iPhone lover tries to love Google’s rebadged HTC ‘Nexus One’

Apple Online Store “Last week, I attended the Google Android ‘Nexus One’ event. As you may have heard, they gave many of us in the audience the device to try out. I decided that before I wrote anything about it (other than saying on television that it’s a ‘nice little device’), I would give it a real shot. So here I am, a week later, with my thoughts on it,” MG Siegler reports for TechCrunch.

“I’m going to come at this from the perspective of a pretty hardcore iPhone user of the past two-plus years,” Siegler reports. “And to start off, I’ll come right out and say what everyone will want to know: Do I think the Nexus One is better than the iPhone? No. There are certain things it does better (I’ll get to that), but overall, if I had to choose one, I would still choose the iPhone — specifically, the iPhone 3GS.”

Siegler reports, “Lest you think I’m a complete newbie to the Android platform, I’ve actually had and used a number of Android devices over the past year or so. I still have a G1 unit, as well as the myTouch3G. I’ve also used the Droid quite a bit since its release. Each of those devices is solid in their own regard when compared to 99% of the phones on the market. And the Nexus One is the best yet. But none are the iPhone.”

“Maybe the hardest thing (or Apple’s greatest strength, depending how you’re looking at it) in using an Android device after being accustomed to the iPhone is the app difference. Simply put, iPhone apps, as a whole, are much, much better than Android apps,” Siegler reports. “The Android Market has been around for over a year now, and the fact that there still isn’t a Twitter app that’s as good as the top five iPhone Twitter apps is a bit odd to me.”

Siegler reports, “While the Nexus One does have a nicer screen than the iPhone, it has a downside too. The OLED screen is much harder to see in daylight when compared to the iPhone’s screen. This is the same problem the new Zune HD has, and it really is a problem. In the dark, these screens look beautiful, better than the iPhone’s — but it’s not always dark. And when outside during the day, at times, it’s almost unusable… Speaking of the touchscreen, whereas before it was just odd that Google wouldn’t include multi-touch support in its apps, now it’s just annoying.”

Siegler reports, “[I] think I could get pretty comfortable with Android. But the point is, I don’t really want to. In my mind, the iPhone is still the better device. Not better in every regard, but better overall. The Nexus One comes close, closer than any Android phone yet, but it cannot snatch the iPhone’s cigar.”

Full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: The bad news for Google: Its brand new (or should that be “branded new”) best effort can’t even beat last year’s iPhone model, with the next-gen iPhone right around the corner.


  1. Apple designed the iPhone only with the knowledge of how NOT to create a smartphone. All these other companies (even the ones that say they have never used an iPhone in their life), are going through the motions to create as close a copy as they can, hitting on key soft spots that the iPhone may have. The problem is that none of them look at the whole ecosystem of managing a mini-computer platform. App management, syncing, purchasing music/apps, uploading and managing data, etc.

    I predict that the next few years will bring significant change even to the iphone platform, where the very name will seem to be a misnomer, much like iTunes doesn’t really reflect what the software has grown into. These other sad companies will still be trying to merge a good media player into a phone. Sad.

  2. Everyone needs to stop trying to get us iPhone users to switch to the latest phone. Most of us are under contract and generally pleased with the iPhone.

    The market is the masses of people still using a “feature” phone. To those people any smartphone is a step up.

  3. I remember when the Creative music player screen had better color than the iPod, an advantage Creative enjoyed for all of a few months. If Google is already struggling to catch the iPhone now, in just a few months the puck will be way up the ice.

  4. I think it’s funny that everyone keeps complaining that all of these smartphones don’t have multitouch.

    They don’t have it because Apple patented the heck out of the technology. They can’t use multitouch w/o infringing on Apple’s patents, and they know Apple will come right after them if they even come close to multitouch.

  5. The most beautiful aspect of apple Inc approach is that you MUST have an Apple Mac to create the apps in the first place.
    What a boon for the Mac platform! All those “apps” will become Mac applications after the fact. AAPL has in essence created the Kobiashi Maru of the computer world – a no win situation.

  6. @iSteve

    Absolutely, if Android succeeds it will carve out it’s market from Palm, Windows Mobile, etc and some to some extent BlackBerry. In other words, the low end of the quality spectrum. And no enterprise ability. BlackBerry and iPhone are the enterprise phones at this point. Just like the current PC market. Apple at the high quality end and PC down on the lower end.

    So unless Google decides to improve it’s enterprise tools and work on its consumer execution, iPhone has nothing to worry about.

  7. @ MonkeyBoy;

    Crawled off from under your rock lately?
    You might be the only person left on planet Earth not to know this, but the iPhone sells for $99- And the 3Gs; $199.00.

    Sincere apologies if you were referring to the Nexus One – But your post isn’t exactly clear!

  8. @ sixvodkas,
    Monkeyboy was referring to the interview w/ Ballmer where he laughed when asked about the iPhone (before it was released)…..” $500 dollars fully subsidized without a plan, that makes it the most expensive phone on the market, and it doesn’t have a keyboard which makes it not a very good business phone”. I paraphrased but with 20/20 vision looking back it’s one of the funniest ( and my favorite interviews with him).

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