A few days back we shared some of our team’s expectations for iPhone OS 4.0.  I also read and enjoyed a post earlier this week from Jason D. O’Grady at The Apple Core – covering 10 ways the Nexus One Android phone slays the iPhone. Over the years I’ve read plenty of articles bashing the […]
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Recommended: 10 Ways The Nexus One Slays the iPhone

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A few days back we shared some of our team’s expectations for iPhone OS 4.0.  I also read and enjoyed a post earlier this week from Jason D. O’Grady at The Apple Core – covering 10 ways the Nexus One Android phone slays the iPhone.

Over the years I’ve read plenty of articles bashing the iPhone (which Jason’s is not), or pointing out how some other ‘iPhone Killer’ device bests it; but I can’t recall seeing a better list than Jason’s on this post.  I agree with nearly everything he mentions.

Here are just a few of his list items that stood out for me:

Status Bar/Notifications “ Ironically Android ‘s status bar is more Apple-like than Apple ‘s status bar. iPhone notifications are displayed as a model dialog box, but multiple notifications get truncated and answering a call or unlocking the phone dismisses them. Android notifications are persistent and live in the status bar. Why doesn ‘t Apple have something like this?

Widgets/Better home screen “ Android allows you to have small apps for news, weather, twitter and flight info, called widgets that can run on the home screen displaying valuable information without having to launch an app. Apple updates the date on Calendar app icon, but that ‘s about it.

Background apps/multi-tasking “ When streaming music from Pandora or podcasts from Listen on Android I can switch over to email, Twitter or the Web browser without the music stopping. Apple only allows a select few app (its own) to run in the background. Enough said.

OTA software updates and syncing – It ‘s embarrassing that Apple requires a cable to install software updates, Android does this over the air. Syncing contacts and calendars costs $100 per year [update: unless you’re using Exchange/ActiveSync]. It ‘s time for Apple to make syncing cable- (and cost) free.

Three out of four of these featured in our 4.0 Expectations post, and OTA sync is one that I can’t believe we left out, as I’m sure most of us would agree this should’ve made our list as well.

I feel sure that Apple has not failed to take note of all these areas – and more – in which the iPhone is currently trailing on the OS functionality side of things; and confident that we’ll see most or all of these addressed in OS 4.0.  Color me an eternal optimist (when it comes to the iPhone platform) but I think we’ll all have a lot smaller wish lists in this area come July.  Or perhaps more likely, wish lists with a whole new set of items on them. 🙂

When you get a chance, check out Jason’s article and full list of ways the Nexus One slays the iPhone – it’s a very good read:

http://tinyurl.com/yeceppx

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