Lets all be honest here, Apple’s been holding control of the iPhone in too close. We all have wanted GPS navigtion (real gps navigation), VOIP applications, alternative email applications, alternative podcasting apps, better browsing experience, and an overall better experience.
Until now, Apple had the final say on all of those things. Preventing applications that competed with the iPhone’s core functionality, relenting to implement common technologies such as VOIP applications, Flash in Safari, and other nice to have’s.
With the Android platform out there, we can all bet it will soon have both Flash and Silverlight running. It’s just a matter of time.
Apple can’t afford to be so stringent, with a fairly capable competitor doing things that will gain it significant market share.
I love my iPhone, but if the Android gets flash and Silverlight (not that I’m a fan of Silverlight, but at least it’s something) — I’d probably give Apple a week or 2 to make an announcement, then go right out and get one. Not only that, I’d happily leave AT&T for another provider.
We all hope Apple sees this, and starts helping us out.
Here’s a video of CNET‘s hands on with the T-Mobile G1:
Can this device rival the iPhone?
Based on the pure specs, yes:
- 3 Megapixel Camera (iPhone’s still stuck at 2)
- Android Market
- Amazon’s mobile MP3 store
- Google Maps
- Over the Air synchronization! (this is a big deal for me, I’m not sure how well it works, but why can’t my iPhone with WiFi access at least, synchronize over the air?)
- PUSH Gmail support
- Full QWERTY Keyboard
- All plastic
- Screen doesn’t look as nice (my own personal opinion)
- Just doesn’t look as nice overall