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Android vs iPhone?

 
Santiago Bravo
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Hello Frank, Charlie & Robi,

With the growing popularity of the iPhone and related applications, how do you think Android and Android applications will perform in the market
against iPhone and its applications?

In my workplace (IT company), either by peer pressure or the massive iPhone advertising, I would estimate that 80% of my colleagues own an iPhone. Just about everyone on my office floor has one (roughly 120 people). Can you highlight why someone should purchase the G1 with Android rather than the iPhone with its large set of applications?



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Monu Tripathi
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I think you might find the following useful -
1. Android sales to outstrip...
2. Smart phone market to grow...
3. Mobile Phones to rival PC....
 
Santiago Bravo
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Thanks for the links.

But I would also like to know what Frank, Charlie & Robi think on the subject



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Frank Ableson
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Hi Santiago,

My thoughts, for what they are worth.

iPhone is a killer device - easy to use and people love them. My 5 year old son can run around the house and take pictures with it.

That said, Android is a different animal. As a mobile phone platform, it can (we'll see how well over time) scale up and down from the HTC "smartphone" hardware and to "flip phones" with of course less h/w gadgets/memory/etc. If it can really run down on those devices, they are going to enjoy tremendous sales.

I think Android has life beyond a mobile phone - but more as an appliance OS. Linux is on many "appliances" but one often needs to connect to it via a browser to configure. I think Android could fit nicely as the OS for a printer, for example. I have an Epson Artisan 800, which is a very cool device. It has a pretty intuitive UI. I have no idea what processor is in it, but running Android for that kind of application makes a lot of sense to me. It would be "easy" to share pictures, etc.

Frank

 
Frank Ableson
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Here is an article about Android on netbooks and back again.

http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Asus_Plans_Eee_Phone/551-97873-893.html
 
Michael Rivera
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Too many topic regarding the battle, just wait Android more in the coming months or so
 
Santiago Bravo
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Thanks for your comments, Frank. It will be interesting to see how Android will perform against the iPhone
 
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