Pogue on CNBC: Motorola Droid X vs. Apple iPhone is like a gnat vs. an elephant (with video)

New York Times columnist David Pogue discussed Apple’s new iPhone 4, Droid X, iOS, Android and more on CNBC a short time ago.

When asked whether Android was the “iPhone killer,” Pogue laughed and said, “It’s not the “iPhone killer” …no.”

Direct link to video via CNBC here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]


  1. And that gnat has access to tens of millions of lucrative, loyal Verizon customers who want in on the smartphone revolution but refuse to abandon their more reliable network for the crappy service of ATT. Therefore the gnat has room to breathe, protected by artificial barriers, rather than be suffocated under the weight of a Verizon iPhone.

  2. Why open up sales to Verizon when you can’t supply the existing partners iPhone 4 requirements. If your production catches up later this year, then open the gates to Verizon customers. Till then, honor your existing partners.

  3. If Verizon or Sprint wants a piece of the action, let them offer a Wi-Fi to 3G/4G bridge for the car and home. Sprint makes one now. Under cut A T & T and offer a one month at a time deal and I am theirs. My MacBooks, iPad and iPod touch without 3G will be usable on road trips. If Apple will not offer an AirPort 3G bridge for the car, let someone else do it.

  4. Have all these people been brainwashed about Flash? Flash is cranky, antiquated garbage and they act like it’s something they want?! These same clowns were outraged when Apple abandoned the floppy drive). At least they stopped crying for a physical keyboard. Pogue seems to be bending over backwards to please Google, and almost apologizes for the iPhone’s vast superiority.

  5. I don’t know why all of these columnists feel the need to over-balance the good and bad with products. Whenever you read a review comparing the iPhone vs whatever – they fall into the apologist category and start making excuses of why the product isn’t as good as the iPhone but is still a great product that is nipping at Apple’s heels.

    Nothing is close to the iPhone right now – Flash is crap, and android is fragmented and suffers a lousy product selection compared to the app store – say it like it is. Also I don’t understand the people who keep this stigma about Steve Jobs personally approving the apps going – they do know he doesn’t do that right? How stupid are these people?

  6. @ApplePi

    “This is killing sales for a lot of people…”

    Perhaps, but it’s not hurting Apple the least bit.

    Those same people are also going to recommit to another two-years with their existing carrier and buy the best phone they need. But, that isn’t necessarily a Smartphone. Hundred’s of millions are still buying “phones” because they still see a smartphone as overkill and can’t afford both a data plan for a phone and broadband for the home.

    To put this in perspective; think of all the technologies that were available on the PC platform that may, or may not, have made it to the Macintosh. Cutting edge PCIe and graphics cards that contain over-clock switching, faster and dirt-cheap RAM and storage, not to mention the software we would love to have on the Mac platform, to name a few, and yet we’re content to wait to see what Apple brings us.

    The fact is, most of us aren’t even aware these things are already available in a PC, until they come to the Mac, and we go oooh, and the PC folks laugh.

    It’s little like that, at the moment, with iPhone. What we’re enjoying right now in a smartphone goes unnoticed by the smartphone-buying public because they’ve been-there-done-that and they weren’t impressed, mainly because of its poor implementation. However, that “meh” reaction is passed on as a critique to those thinking about a smartphone.

    There is another critique that gets through also; it’s the sound of frustration in trying to make these cutting edge features work on their Droids, Samsung’s, and Nokia’s. That same frustrating mess that arises after installing software applications bought someplace other than the App Store is also picked up on by those entertaining a smartphone.

    It was, and still remains the same source of frustration on the PC platform; it might be cutting edge technology but the stuff doesn’t work as advertised. In fact, many vendors put stuff into PCs and wait for the developers to make something of it, which could be years.

    64-bit technology was a prime example on the PC platform, wherein the hardware was available, but without Microsoft’s direct involvement, the developers could do nothing with that 64-bit technology, and Microsoft didn’t think there was enough interest in moving from 32 to 64-bit to develop an OS to support it.

    When you think about it, that is the very scenario Steve Jobs wants to avoid by having Adobe as a middle-man between Apple and its customers.

    One thing you can be sure of, like a PC user spending some quality time with a Mac, previous owners of smartphones other than iPhone, who use one for an extended period of time realize a few things almost immediately; Apple’s implementation is far better than they had imagined; those bells and whistles on other platforms are nice but they haven’t fully matured yet; they’ve become pleasingly productive almost immediately.

    Apple is in no hurry, at the moment, because of legal obligations to AT&T, so in the meantime Apple sees them as a willing partner, providing Apple ample opportunity to expand and polish the iPhone. Before we know it, the contracts will be up for renewal and Apple’s iPhone becomes a free-agent. On that day, the iPhone will become the de-facto standard and the world’s best-selling phone.

    Buy AAPL!

  7. @Jersey

    Why open up sales to Verizon when you can’t supply the existing partners iPhone 4 requirements.

    You’re way smarter than that!

    Apple could very easily place a single order for fifty-million iPhones, spread amongst several manufacturers and have a few million left over for Sprint. Besides, the day Apple opens up the iPhone market to Verizon, AT&T will see a precipitous drop in sales, a freeze if you will.

    We will witness AT&T’s sales plateau for quite some time as Verizon and others will be getting the lion’s share of iPhones.

    AT&T will have to begin a new marketing plan that invites their existing customers to upgrade to a smartphone. You know, fire sales, two-fers, envious data plans, etc. This will be a fairly dark period in AT&T’s cell-phone history, simply because “everyone” has already heard how crappy their service is compared to the other carriers. Even people who don’t own cell phones will have heard about AT&T’s crappy service, and it will stick.

    Apple has been, IIRC, prepping other manufacturers to develop cookie-cutter operations capable of building iPhone to spec and though there production isn’t in full-swing, they will be come 2011.

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