Daily Tech – Apple Founder Steve Wozniak says the iPhone is for people who like simple, pretty things while the Android-based smartphones offer greater capabilities.
“My primary phone is the iPhone,” said Wozniak. “I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”
Wozniak was recently spotted at the Google campus’ Android development building to scoop up a pre-release of the company’s Galaxy Nexus, causing quite a stir amongst Google fans outside. As it turns out, Wozniak is good friends with Andy Rubin, the head of Android, and regularly uses a Motorola Droid Razr.
According to Wozniak, Android has a list of advantages over iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system. For instance, Android’s voice recognition software is superior to the iPhone 4S’ assistant Siri. Wozniak said Siri worked well as an independent app for the iPhone, but since being built in to the iPhone 4S, it just doesn’t perform as well as it once did.
“I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me. 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.”
Wozniak even mentioned that Android’s software is as aesthetically pleasing as Apple’s iOS, not to mention the battery life on an Android smartphone is better than the iPhone’s.
Android has more advantages if “you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit.”
While Wozniak sees Android as a true Apple competitor, he still insists that Windows was never a great program to begin with and could never come close to Apple the way Android is.
“There’s not as big a difference [between iOS and Android] as there was between Mac and Windows,” said Wozniak.