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Woz: Android is Ahead of the iPhone in Many Ways, iPhone Users are ‘Scared of Complexity’

Woz: Android is Ahead of the iPhone in Many Ways, iPhone Users are ‘Scared of Complexity’

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak still has a soft spot for Android, despite the fact that his primary phone is the iPhone. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Woz states that Android is ahead of the iPhone in several ways, and wishes his iPhone would do everything his Android devices do.

My primary phone is the iPhone. I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.

Despite his reservations, however, Wozniak still recommends the iPhone for the majority of people, although his statement that the iPhone is for “the kind of person who is scared of complexity” rubs me the wrong way a bit:

The people I recommend the iPhone 4S for are the ones who are already in the Mac world, because it’s so compatible, and people who are just scared of computers altogether and don’t want to use them. The iPhone is the least frightening thing. For that kind of person who is scared of complexity, well, here’s a phone that is simple to use and does what you need it to do.

Personally, I don’t feel that I am “scared of complexity.” I prefer a device that “just works,” and I place a lot of value in knowing that any app I download and install (apart from jailbreaking, of course) won’t compromise my device or my security. Simple is good. Secure is good. That doen’t mean I detest complexity – it just means I prefer a simpler and more reliable experience.

Wozniak goes on to discuss Apple’s Siri technology and the battery problems some are experiencing with the iPhone 4S. Mashable has produced a nice video summarizing Wozniak’s thoughts:

  1. aik•wae says:

    haha, agree!! using idevice lead u to be “smart” people

  2. Caleb says:

    I hate this story every one on both Apple/Android side of the ball tried to blow this out of proportion there way, this was the least bias article involving this statement. I have a Galaxy Nexus, i had an iPhone love my Android phone to death wont ever go back. Dosent mean i dont like iPhone i recommended it to my Grandma Mom and little Brother, its the cleanest simplest most efficient smart phone ever and it just works, out of the box, a quick sync with itunes and it never has to go in a computer again. 

    Does Android have some things that are a head of iOS yes, and vise versa. The one thing i cant stand about this Apple vs Android are the fan boys on each side, which have never sat down and actually used the other device as a primary for awhile and just repeats things said on countless blogs, on why their operating system is better. ITS A PREFERENCE there will never be one mobile operating system to rule them all, some like Android, some like iOS, and some for some reason still like Blackberry.

  3. JG says:

    I’m also one who has to disagree with the “afraid of complexity” statement.  Sorry Woz but if were talking anecdotal evidence then my finding that your assertion that iPhone users are afraid of complexity, to be total rubbish is also true.  I’ve found quite the opposite and I’ve also found Android users who don’t really make use of their phone and are afraid of it, they simply bought an Android phone because it wasn’t an iPhone and they wanted to seem “edgier” or “hipper” than “those sheep iPhone users”.  Woz making the kinds of broad statements regarding the personality types of iOS v Android users he did, doesn’t really serve any purpose other than stirring holy war pot among the various factions.

    It’s about choice and which platform suits your needs better or which you’ve had better luck with.  Personally I’ve used Android devices prior to using any iOS device and frankly found Android to be utter shyte.  I couldn’t wait to either go back to a dumb phone or get an iPhone, hell I would have gone back to using a Treo 650 at one point.  The point being is for other folks they have had the opposite experience that I have had and love their Android devices.  As I said it’s about choice and what fits your specific use best.  There isn’t a “one size fits all” solution.  If there were we wouldn’t have Windows users in love with their iPhones and Mac users in love with their Android phones.

    1. Caleb says:

      Haha I’m the Mac user that loves their Android Phone.

  4. I´m a bid offended by the comment. Theres a diference between “afraid of complexity” and “being a geek”  I dont mean to offend anyone by the word, but they call themself that. I mean people whos main interest is software, technology and how it all works. And then, theres the rest of the people who enjoy USING technology (about 90% i would say). I enjoy using iOS because “it just works” I dont need to know how it works on the inside. Afraid of complexity? Id like to see you Mr. Woz dealing with internal control issues of a multinational company.

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