Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hanging on the Telephone

You may have noticed that there is very little discussion of tech-related issues on this blog for the simple reason that I am usually 2 years behind everyone else in my devise purchasing. But, I find myself unaccountably excited about the Google via Motorola Android Smartphone, which is being hyped as the first true rival to the i-phone: Ultimate Smart Phone Smackdown

The buzzword in the cell phone industry since 2007 has been “iPhone Killer.” Since mere days after the release of the iPhone the other players in the industry were talking about how they were going to compete with the amazing piece of technology. Many have been up to bat since then: LG Prada, T-Mobile G1, Palm Pre, Nokia N90, the list seems to go on and on. The one thing they all have in common? They failed miserably at replicating the great experience that Apple offers with the iPhone. They just weren’t the same.

Enter the holy trifecta of Motorola, Google, and Verizon Wireless. Motorola is looking for a bump in business after they have failed to see success with any device since their RAZR, Google is looking for a way to push their Android OS to new levels of popularity, and Verizon Wireless is just looking to carry a smartphone that people actually want to buy. The three have teamed up to create the Droid, the kickoff phone for version 2.0 of Android as well as a new Verizon campaign to bring Android devices to the carrier. Is this the perfect storm needed to knock the iPhone off its pedestal? We’re going to compare the Droid and the iPhone in a category-by-category, side-by-side battle to the…death?

The guy writing the above concludes that the Android is a touch superior to the i-phone, which is quite an achievement, if true. I'm a big Google user and had high hopes when I heard they were developing a smartphone. I now find myself prostrate before a massive hype-wave roaring toward the shore. Moan.

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