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Updated: Apple's CoFounder Prefers Using Android Over iPhone..Kinda

Eric McBride
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(picture from Fox News)

Well this is a bit suprising to say the least. According to Fox News, Apples cofounder Steve Wozniak (isn't it creepy that 2 of Apple's founders were named Steve?) prefers using his Android phone over his iPhone. Not only that, but he claims that Android voice recognition has a better success rate than Siri and admits that anyone who needs great navigation will be better off with an Android phone. 

WOW...I mean.....WOW. I really wonder how Steve Jobs (RIP) would feel about what Steve number 2 is saying publicly here? Just so nothing gets taken out of context, let me quote Steve number 2:

"I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me,” Woz told the Daily Beast. “I’ll be saying, over and over again in my car, 'Call the Lark Creek Steak House,' and I can’t get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it's done. Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that".

Am I hallucinating here? Maybe the antiobiotics I'm on are causing my brain to see things that don't actually exist. Or am I really hearing a top Apple executive say that he finds his Android device more reliable than his iPhone?

Steve goes on to say that he loves the beauty of the iPhone, and that it's probably the best choice for many users. He states it's a better choice for users "who are scared of complexity", which in many ways does indeed make sense for your average consumer. He adds to that, "I just wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do". (ok..this is too much...I'm going back to the doctor). 

Well Steve, not only do I agree, I respect your honesty. Are you guys as surprised as I am about this? I think what surprises me the most isn't his opinion, but the fact that he makes that opinion public! Man oh man, I'll bet he got a bit of stress at work for that one. But hey, who can really say anything to punish Apples cofounder....

UPDATE:

So, I the last thing I want to do with this article is cause confusion with our readers, and after reading through it, I wanted to make sure that I'm clear on what Steve is actually saying here. 

While Steve is saying that he wishes that the iPhone had better voice functionality, and that he "wishes the iPhone could do what his Android could do", he's NOT saying that Android is a better operating system than IOS. He also pointed out in his interview that the iPhone is still his daily driver (although, it would be weird if it wasn't wouldnt it?). The main point of this article was simply to show to surprising it was to me (and apparently to a lot of the tech world) on how much he actually praised Android. Most of the time when people think of what Apple thinks of Android, Steve Jobs famous "I'm willing to go thermonuclear on this" phrase comes to mind. This is one of the first times where I have heard a top Apple exec give Android  THIS much praise, let alone say he wishes his iPhone could do a lot of the things Android could do. 

I think if Google and Apple would put aside their differences, you would hear a lot more of how they both actually envy each other and what they have accomplished with these 2 great operating systems. While my (and many of our readers) obvious choice is Android, I personally feel there is plenty of room for both, as they are both as different as night and day. Remember, choice is always a GOOD thing.

Eric

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  • Bubba Jan 18, 2012 Link

    Wow, what a PC update! Someone must have received a tongue lashing for the first piece.

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  • Eric McBride Jan 19, 2012 Link

    Quite the contrary! I just didn't want the writeup to turn into a flame fest :-).

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