“Sure, competitors will play with specs or price and perhaps even philosophy, but so far they haven’t changed what they are actually trying to do, and that is to make the best clone of an iOS device they can. Which does nothing for them, these aren’t $5,000 machines people are desperately clinging to, these are sub $1,000 iPads and a phone no one keeps for more than two years anyway,” Chris Seibold writes for AppleMatters. “While everyone is trying to make the best copy possible of the iPhone, Apple cranks out a new and better one every year. The new model makes the competition refocus, suddenly what they were trying build so diligently for a year before has been replaced and they’ve got something brandnew they have to copy.”
Siebold writes, “In the end, iOS devices aren’t going to be easily marginalized because they are all anyone is trying to make. It is a tacit admission by all the companies who use Android that they can’t beat Apple’s design acumen so they’ll just live with copying it. That sends one clear message to consumers: if you want the best, get it from Apple.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Google Android offers the same messy, inconsistent Windows PC “experience,” but without any cost savings, real or perceived. Windows only thrived back in the mid-90s because PCs (and Macs) were so expensive; the upfront cost advantage roped in a lot of people, who were, frankly, ignorant followers who did what their similarly-ignorant co-workers and friends told them to do. Microsoft still coasts along on that momentum today.
The fact is: Apple’s iPhone [3GS] costs just [$49] and the [iPhone 4] goes for only $199 in the U.S. with a 2-year plan. I’d call any Android device the “Poor Man’s iPhone,” but you have to spend just as much, if not more, to partake in an increasingly fragmented and inferior platform. There’s no real reason to choose Android, people settle for Android. “I’d have bought an iPhone if Verizon offered them.” Just look what’s happening in any country where iPhone is offered on multiple carriers. It’s a bloodbath. – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, December 23, 2009. Read more here: The iPhone is not the Mac, so stop trying to compare them – December 23, 2009
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]