NBC Bay Area claims Woz ‘ditched’ Apple iPhone for Google’s rebadged HTC ‘Nexus One’ (UPDATED)

January Clearance Blowout ends 1/14[UPDATE: 5:10pm EST: The following article by Sajid Farooq for NBC Bay Area has been disproven by MacDailyNews. Please see: No, Woz did not ‘ditch’ his Apple iPhone for Google’s rebadged HTC ‘Nexus One’ – January 14, 2010 – 05:10 PM EST]

“Steve Wozniak may have once cut in line to get an iPhone. But now he’s moved on to a hotter gadget,” Sajid Farooq reports for NBC Bay Area.

MacDailyNews Take: Hotter? Farooq must be referring to operating temperature: Google rebadged HTC ‘Nexus One’ phone limps into market; only 20,000 units moved in first week – January 13, 2010

Farooq continues, “The cofounder of Apple — the company that made him millions — told NBC Bay Area a dirty little secret. He ditched the iPhone for Google’s Nexus One… Wozniak made his latest revelation with a coy laugh and without actually speaking the Google device’s name. Instead, when asked what his favorite gadget is, Wozniak said, ‘Well, it’s the latest one. It’s a non-Apple product, but it’s a gadget that just came out yesterday.’ There was no mistaking which gadget the former ‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant was referring to — when he said it, the Nexus One was just one day old.”

MacDailyNews Take: Did Woz really “ditch” his iPhone. Nowhere can we find Woz saying such a thing. More likely, did the gadget-obsessed Woz simply picked up a Nexus One to try out and, barely one day into it, hadn’t yet realized its numerous shortcomings? Woz’s “favorite” gadget is, we’ll hazard a guess, his latest gadget.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sigh. More ginned up half-truths. Typically, at any given time, Woz has more gadgets on him than most of us have ever owned. This whole thing sounds like a plant from Google PR. Of course, Google, which does no evil, would never do such a thing. Regardless of the motivation, it’s no wonder local TV is dying.


  1. It would make sense for Apple people (I’m including Woz in the general sense) to try the Nexus One to see what the opposition are doing.

    Unlike the dipstick in charge at Palm….

  2. I like how a brand new device is compared to the existing iPhone. These smartphones are benching themselves against where Apple has been, not where they are going. The competition has to be given the roadmap to copy before they can make a device to compete against Apple.

  3. @ RW:

    No, they’re benchmarking themselves where Apple IS now, not has been. Google is trying to match the current iPhone or even outplay it. Hasn’t worked, but there are some specs which are better than the iPhones. However, overall experience is what matters most, unless you only need your phone to do one or two things very well and don’t care about the rest. That’s not what most smartphone users need.

  4. I saw an interview with Woz in which he said he loves to get whatever the newest gadget is and try it out. He owns several phones and several navigation systems for example. He has all of his navigation systems running at the same time on his dashboard in his car. I would hate to be on the road around the guys…talk about your distracted driver.

    He basically just loves to try new stuff out and can afford to do so with lots of things.

  5. @ Mike Caine:

    If Apple wanted to see what Google was doing with Android, they could download it. Otherwise, there’s nothing special about the hardware, other than having a faster CPU and more memory.

  6. Woz probably owns at least one of every gadget ever made. Of course he’ll get a Nexus. It shall be interesting to see what he is spotted in public using six months from now.

  7. Anyone that ditches an iPhone for an Android based phone really never used the iPhone and probably doesn’t need a smartphone. I had one client call yesterday to have me help her configure her new Nexus 1 for her e-mail.

    I asked, “Why didn’t you talk to me before buying that phone? What possessed you to finally drop that Blackberry for the Nexus?”

    She said, “Cause it works with Google and I like Google.”

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