Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Don't compare

The TMobile G1 is the first in what should be a long line of Android powered phones. However, I have to warn you about jumping to comparing it to Apple's iPhone. Why? Because the G1 is a phone and the iPhone isn't.

What I mean is that the G1 is meant to be a phone first, and the iPhone is meant to be a handheld computer with phone capabilities. On the iPhone, the phone isn't primary. Huh?

Take a look at the G1 - it has physical buttons for phone, calendar, etc. (ala the Treo and other "smartphones") The iPhone doesn't. Some call this an oversight on Apple's part, but you need to think longer term than the current (and even new) crops of smartphones.

Apple isn't interested in phones - they're interested in ubiquitous computing. This is why the G1 is going to miss the boat long term. Of course, I expect other phones to emerge that are more handheld computer and less phone powered by Android to take on Apple's rising dominance in the space. That's a given.

But then again, we all know Apple's got more small form factor computers en route. The blogspshere has been alight with rumblings the past 30 days.... not that I've been talking about this for a while, but really, the industry doesn't get it the way Apple does.

Trust me on this.

Ps - to be honest, I'm slightly jealous of the keyboard on the G1. ;-)

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