“Android phones have more features.”
For anyone who read and heard about Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak’s interview with De Telegraaf (a Dutch newspaper) a couple of years ago, his previous prediction turned out to be real. Wozniak spoke of kind words with the publication and even giving a prediction on how the new Android OS will eventually nab the spot from the dominating smartphone market shares of both Nokia and RIM. Moreover, Wozniak lamented that Apple iPhone wasn’t as versatile as the Android devices.
Perhaps it was this comment that led to some PR issues because on a later interview with Engadget, Wozniak said:
“I’m not trying to put Android down. But I’m not suggesting it’s better than iOS by any stretch of the imagination. But it can get greater marketshare and still be crappy.”
It seems that time is repeating itself. A couple of years later, Wozniak gave another assessment on the two biggest smartphone competitors. Based on his own opinion, there are some areas wherein Android is better than Apple; even with voice commands.
“My primary phone is the iPhone,” Wozniak shares to the Daily Beast. “I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”
Among the different features he enjoys most with Android include Google Navigation and Android’s very own Voice Commands. In fact, he prefers it over than the newest Siri feature on the iPhone 4S.
“I have a lower success rate with Siri that I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me.” Wozniak says, referring to his issues with Siri’s ability to comprehend some of his instructions (such as calling the Lark Creek Steak House). “Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it’s done.”
Another issue Wozniak has with Siri is the fact that it requires an internet connection. Because of this, he is prevented from performing voice commands that earlier models could easily accomplish.
“With the iPhone 4, I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S, I can only do that when Siri can connect over the internet. But many times it can’t connect. I’ve never had Android come back and say, ‘I can’t connect over the internet.’
“Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that.”
Finally, he also has an issue with the battery life of the iPhone.
“With the iPhone, something happened with the new OS or the new phone, and it just started running through the battery so fast,” he adds “I’ve had a lot of issues with things I have to turn off just to save the battery life.”
Wozniak may not know it yet but there are some Android users who can relate to the shortened battery life of their units—particularly with Motorola Droid Bionic and HTC Thunderbolt.
Despite all these complaints however, the Apple co-founder still recommends using the iPhone for people who “are already in the Mac world” and also to those “who are just scared of computers altogether and don’t want to use them.”
With Apple’s very own co-founder bashing on their product, it is an unlikely endorsement. Perhaps, he is telling non-Apple users to switch or stay with Android, if not done yet?
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