"The Woz" says Android better than iOS in some ways

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and long-time guru for all things Mac, expressed admiration and even envy over some parts of Android he thinks are better than the iOS experience on Apple’s iPhone. Speaking to the Daily Beast, Woz indicated that the iPhone was still his main phone, because he “loves the beauty of it”, but that he wishes it could do many of the things that his Android phone does.

Woz made headlines in late 2011 by picking up a Galaxy Nexus straight from Google headquarters, but apparently has settled on the Droid RAZR as his Android handset of choice. For staunch fans of all things Apple it may sound like blasphemy coming from Woz, but he says that along side Android’s extra complexity comes a lot of superior implementations.

Some items may come as no surprise to long-time readers of PA; for example Woz prefers the turn by turn navigation that Google has implemented on Android. He also cited the recent battery problems that many have complained about on the iPhone 4S as a negative. But one of his biggest gripes may surprise you: Woz doesn’t like Siri.

He says he was a big fan of the predecessor app when it was separately available in the App Store. But ever since Apple bought it out and integrated it into the iPhone 4S, he says the results are significantly worse. According to Woz:

“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.”

He also dislikes it being connected to Apple’s backend servers. He says he frequently finds that Siri can’t connect, robbing him of simple voice controls like asking the phone to dial his wife. He says the voice controls on Android never have this problem, since they control the phone without having to contract a server. He also indicated that voice search on Android now returns better results than Siri does, saying “that really bothers me.”

The Woz wasn’t endorsing Android as superior to iOS – he says in particular that people who want an intuitive device, or dislike computers in general, should choose the iPhone, which he still feels is the best all-around smartphone on the market. But the respect Wozniak has for Android and Andy Rubin’s team is an excellent reminder that right now there isn’t a mobile OS that is head and shoulders above all the others, what it comes down to is what you want to get out of your phone.

source: The Daily Beast

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75 Comments

1. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

WOZ!!!!

26. commentor1

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

he was prob just JK when he said these things and android fanboys jumped the gun! :D or maybe some people just can't understand sarcasm

58. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Where do you see sarcasm in that article? Please enlighten us and quell our ignorance. Check Apple's website I think they're releasing a new product called the iDiot!

2. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I would agree overall with his assessment, if you don't like computers, iOS is superior cause it is simpler. But if you like playing around, and customization, Android is better. It still amazes me the things you can do on Android.

7. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

......

10. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Which things amaze you? No flame war here, I'm just wondering because I haven't been amazed yet.

12. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The simplest of stuff can amaze you, like Android 4.0 was ported to the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) which is the first Android phone released and also has a lower than 600MHz processor. I don't see any 1st gen iPhone with iOS 5.

33. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

I find that hard to believe when phones like the LG nitro stutter with dual core processors

48. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

WUT!? I'm gonna go root my Dream now

27. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Maybe u should think with an open mind

51. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Plenty of things, like integration of simple features that are great such as ICS letting you customize to a degree the apps that are at the bottom of all the homescreens, being able to kill running apps from your running apps screen, Easy ability to switch from mobile first browsing to desktop like browsing. Lots of fun stuff that you learn when you tinker.

54. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I like all that stuff, don't get me wrong. I'm just waiting for something that's actually mind blowing. Idk maybe I have high expectations. I really like the OS. Even if it does need some polish.

62. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah but i'll be able to do that in a month or so on a Razr anyway so might as well get what i can have the best of both worlds on.

56. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

you havent tried, you are just trolling like a little baby ;-)

70. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Relax bud. I'm far from trolling. I am in no way bashing Android. I really like what it does for me and like it more than I used to in fact. Why would I troll against Android and own and Android phone? I'm just saying that few things the platform does make me say "wow". If that upsets you or the balance of you're world perhaps you need to reevaluate some things. commentor had it right. Amaze is a strong word.

71. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Relax bud. I'm far from trolling. I am in no way bashing Android. I really like what it does for me and like it more than I used to in fact. Why would I troll against Android and own and Android phone? I'm just saying that few things the platform does make me say "wow". If that upsets you or the balance of you're world perhaps you need to reevaluate some things. commentor had it right. Amaze is a strong word.

57. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I actually agree with clevername, and people should watch the words they use. "Amaze" is defined as "to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly" (or thereabouts, depending on the dictionary you're using.) I've been using Android for about 2 years now and, while I can say I've been pleased and, dare I say, delighted by many of the features, I can't say I've been overwhelmed by surprise. However, maybe this is just because I set my expectations too high.

28. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> if you don't like computers, iOS is superior cause it is simpler. You will find the OEMs are guilty for making the computers much more difficult than need be. These OEMs builtd product for a profit -- Apple was innovative (give Steve Jobs the credit) for thinking of the end user first. > But if you like playing around, and customization, Android is better. Android is DIFFERENT. For example, the skin on android from one OEM is vastly different than the skin on android from another OEM. If you are like Samsung with the Galaxy S, it can't be upgraded to ICS due to Samsung's software demands. In summary, customization doesn't always mean better, it means different or unable to upgrade to the latest android OS.

30. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I disagree that skins from one phone to the next are vastly different. The os and the foundation of every phone is pretty much the same across the board. I have a Samsung GS2 Skyrocket and my friend has an an HTC G2X and we can immediately take each others phones and easily navigare all the menus and features with extreme familiarity. Because all Android phones have the same universal functionality. Mine may have a few bells and whistles that his doesn't, but they are pretty much operate the same way and are interchangeable between users very easily.

31. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This still enters on the argument that is better with people who likes computers. I don't have any doubt that there will be many roms with ICS for the Galaxy S. For us it is so easy to root and change roms. But for those who enters the "don't like computer" zone, it would be a nightmare.

55. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

you dont need to customize Android so Android is simple too and mainly Android has widgets and microshc, simple mass storage....so Android is definitely easier to manage...

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

BLASPHEMY! In all seriousness, although I'm on the iOS side of things, no one can doubt the innovation that has come from Android. That's what I love about this war. Android is out to prove that it's just as good as iOS. Manufacturers pack some really awesome features into the phones because of it. But Apple doesn't want to be outdone by anyone, so they put more into their end. And for us, no matter what side you're on, we all win. Android is definitely stronger in some areas. iOS is stronger in others. But in the end, I think we all have some pretty sick smartphones.

6. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

In this "war", I don't think anyone is out to prove that they are just as good as someone else, but actually better. If not, what would be the point?

8. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

If most people on these sites could all undestand this, we could all enjoy ourselves a little more on these sites and debate, rather than flame and troll.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

indeed I think both have their strong points and weak points, its good to see companies trying to make these weakness less wide and in the end we see better phones from both sides. glad to see he is enjoying another OS in the end his opinion might end up helping both to Google and moto as a patting hand for things that were done right for apple some details he would like they improve and the gap between the OS will keep getting closer and closer we both bet better. hope the companies commit to make even better quality products this year this could be awesome

18. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Finally someone who says something like this! instead of arguin over whats better. This gets like 1,000 thumbs up!

4. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

it's not in some it's in every way it real OS not like the iapp launcher hahaha

14. rasinhussy

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

The function of an OS is to act as an intermediary between apps and hardware and to manage resources. iOS is just as much of a "real" OS than Android is. Both trace their roots back to UNIX.

32. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh cool dude u get a clock widget before going to the app launcher..

34. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

But I like my clock widget:'(

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