Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak is a 'Big Fan of Android Phones'

 
on January 20 2012 7:56 AM
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Steve Wozniak criticized the portrayal of Steve Jobs and other aspects of the new film “Jobs.” Reuters

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had once sworn to fight Google's Android with his last dying breath and every penny Apple had in the bank as the creative tech genius believed the rival has committed a grand theft of the iPhone's operating system. However, another Steve in Apple, and ironically, a co-founder of the tech giant, feels Apple has a lot to learn from Android phones.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he's a big fan of Android phones.

And even though Wozniak acknowledged that his primary phone is the iPhone, he never stopped singing praises of the Android, and claimed Android has leapt ahead of Apple's iOS in many ways. My primary phone is the iPhone, Wozniak said. I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.

After comparing two different kinds of operating systems, Wozniak listed several features of Android smartphone, which give the Android an edge over the iPhone iOS in his eyes, including voice commands, navigation system, battery life and more.

Siri, the voice-controlled intelligent assistant, has endeared itself to Apple fans. Nevertheless, Wozniak said the virtual assistant doesn't work very well.

I used to ask Siri, 'What are the five biggest lakes in California?' and it would come back with the answer. Now it just misses. It gives me real estate listings. I used to ask, 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' and it would answer. Now instead of getting prime numbers, I get listings for prime rib, or prime real estate, Wozniak explained.

In fact, there are even times the virtual personal assistant can't connect to the back-end servers, which powers the application. With the iPhone 4 I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can’t connect. I've never had Android come back and say, 'I can't connect over the Internet,' he continued.

According to the Apple co-founder, the Android system works better. I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me, Wozniak said. 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.

Android's built-in navigation system, which serves as a GPS system, can also deliver better results than the iPhone. Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that, the Apple co-founder said.

Furthermore, Android phones sport a better battery life than iPhone. With the iPhone, something happened with the new OS or the new phone, and it just started running through the battery so fast, Wozniak said. I've had a lot of issues with things I have to turn off just to save the battery life.

And even though in terms of user-friendliness, the Android smartphone can't match with the iPhone, Wozniak thought it's much more complicated.

If you're willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there's more available in some ways, Wozniak said.

Actually, Wozniak isn't just a big fan of Android - he also likes the Motorola Droid Razr a lot.

However, Wozniak still recommends iPhone as the best choice for most smartphone users.

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, he said.

Are you surprised by Steve Wozniak's analysis of the two operating systems? Well don't be, as Wozniak is also an engineer.

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