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Visualizing Anti-iPad Android Evangelism

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Daniel Eran Dilger

It sort of bothers me that the mascot for Android is not actually an android (a machine designed to look like a man) but is rather a garbage can robot with the sophistication of that pair of fart joke characters from South Park, flapping dysfunctional appendages while being propelled by a vaporous cloud of hot air. Shameless.
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So naturally, I associate Android evangelists with televangelists. They both say ridiculously silly things, promise absurd utopian fantasies are right around the corner as their organizations inhale money from the gullible in exchange for pretty much nothing but more nonsense and religion fueling upset, xenophobic anger amongst their followers.

Since I’m in the wonderful position of having my motorcycle accident-loosened front teeth pulled tomorrow in preparation of a year long process of bone grafts and titanium implants that will someday, if all goes right, return me back to a semblance of normality, I thought I’d celebrate with a visualization of televangelists promoting their fear and anger about iPad, and their openness to love everything else.

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50 comments

1 LuisDias { 03.11.11 at 4:02 am }

This is it. Dan’s lost it.

2 jpinto { 03.11.11 at 5:04 am }

Yes. Definitely. I love it.

3 Ludor { 03.11.11 at 5:28 am }

Holy hell, dude.

I mean FIVE!

4 Rimwolf { 03.11.11 at 5:34 am }

I got these Google ads at the bottom of the article when I first viewed it:
Ministry Classes Online,
Publish a Christian Book,
Online Pastor Degrees

5 gus2000 { 03.11.11 at 7:43 am }

Dang, I wish I had titanium implants, because then I could say anything I wanted. “Go ahead, punch me. Yeah, right in the mouth! Go ahead!”

But um, isn’t “Evangelist” an actual job title over at Apple? Or is the “televangelist” term a specific and reviled subset?

6 Josh { 03.11.11 at 7:51 am }

Shit. If there is one thing Dan has taught me, it is to never, never, EVER ride a motorcycle.

7 The Mad Hatter { 03.11.11 at 7:53 am }

return me back to a semblance of normality

Normal? No chance. You live in California. No one normal lives in California.

8 relativity { 03.11.11 at 8:05 am }

I’ll call him Andy since I haven’t read any calling him except “Android mascot”.

Well it’s called marketing genius – same as what coined the small-”i” with anything. Andy is as cuddly and lovable as those green alien globs in Toy Story movies.

I kinda wonder if Andy has this charm over the “clueless misinformed masses” that is eating up Daniel’s smartphone share charts over the last year. Hmmm? Those sales are not exactly just “sell-in” to the channels but “sell-through” and that is just going “quite smooth” per Q1 2011 charts by Comscore.

[Actually "Android" sales are just the expansion of the same sales of third rate companies that would have otherwise been selling Windows Mobile, Symbian, or simply JavaME smartphones. It's not like they represent some new entry on the field. Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG, Samsung, and a bunch of Chinese cloners. They're not "taking away" anything. They're losing the market they once owned to a new entrant: Apple. How hard is that to understand? Have you been completely duped by the same companies now sharing the same silly logo? - Dan]

9 Imapolicecar { 03.11.11 at 8:07 am }

First of all Dan, don’t worry. I also lost my front teeth too in an accident. I also played in a rock band with a policeman in Bermuda who had his two front teeth kicked out by a drug smuggler. I have to say it was extremely funny when we had a rehearsal before he had new ones fitted. He was the vocalist and sax player and when he did his first solo the mouthpiece wedged in the gap. Took about 5 minutes for him to extract it – with, sadly, no help from us. :-) Good old days.
Anyway, good luck.

10 bmcfadden { 03.11.11 at 10:38 am }

Omg Dan! I love it! this posting defines “over the top” … You are definitely some sort of mad genius. Keep them coming!

11 Maniac { 03.11.11 at 11:00 am }

Jeez, I hope you get well soon Dan. Think of it this way: you’ll be stronger, faster, and better when the work is all finished.

Oh, and great article / pix too as usual.

12 relativity { 03.11.11 at 11:09 am }

“Actually “Android” sales are just the expansion…”

So we do agree that Android is “eating” up the market share charts since there is only 100 of those kibbles to share. While I do agree with your argument that Android pretty much chomped on old WinMo, some RIM, and some Symbian as desserts.

This is called technological progress – “copying” or otherwise. You can’t deny that the latest crop of 4G-capable Android handsets have more stupendous hw features than the iPhone 4. To name a few: multicore SoCs, 1G RAM, 64GB mSD slots, 720p to 1080p video recording, 8-10MP cameras, LED flash, 4.3″ widescreen displays, gesture “Home” screens, etc. When we talk hardware, Apple is playing catch-up and that is a FACT not fallacy.

“How hard is that to understand?”

I do understand a 7% rise of Android sales compared to 0.1% rise of same sales of iOS in the same period is just unbelievable.

With iOS growing only a scant 0.1%, what is that tell you of Android sales? Android is finally placing pressure on iOS growth curve and that will lead to good things for iOS lovers out there.

Namely prices have to come down. Features have to become just as stupendous or better. Software (okay, apps) needs to keep being top-notch as the GarageBand demo. Everything for the overly-sweet-fuchsia-tinted-beverage drinkers out there to enjoy.

AT&T lost exclusivity due to this same growth curve squeeze to Andy but only time will tell if expanding to Verizon was a coup d’etat or a failed hail mary.

13 TheMacAdvocate { 03.11.11 at 11:42 am }

Impact, white with black borders, please.

Otherwise flawless.

/gruber’d

14 TheMacAdvocate { 03.11.11 at 12:01 pm }

The only people “talking hardware” are the people who perceive their marginally better specs to be some objective advantage.

I’d wait until the 1Q numbers come back before I trumpeted Android’s ascendance too loudly. We’re just coming off AT&T exclusivity (something you incorrectly point to as having something to do with Android – it is pretty clearly understood that the exclusivity was baked into the Apple’s partnership with AT&T before the first iPhone).

I do like competition, even if it means stapling miscellaneous hardware (aka “geek lube”) onto a device in the hopes of enthralling Engadget commenters. I don’t want Apple to get complacent, as much as I think such a state is impossible on SJ’s watch.

15 gus2000 { 03.11.11 at 1:41 pm }

When we talk hardware, Apple is playing catch-up and that is a FACT not fallacy.

You only SHOUT when you are UNSURE of your FACTS. So let me help you with that. Apple has the exclusive hardware domain of:

– A4/A5 SoC Chip. Who else designs their own chips?
– Best-in-class battery life. Both power, and efficiency (see #1)
– Retina display. Someone else have a 300 DPI screen?
– Sensors. Nobody used accelerometers/gyros before iPhone.
– Glass and steel. No cheap plastic here.

Of course, if having a SD-card slot is a more important feature for you, then I could understand why you might think Apple is playing “catch up”.

By the way: 1GB is RAM is not a “feature”, it’s a costly hardware component added to compensate for lousy memory management.

16 miloh { 03.11.11 at 2:12 pm }

It’s interesting that Apple’s marketing of the iPad (and other products) tends to be devoid of tech specs, focusing instead on what the device can actually do for somebody. One might think the target demographic doesn’t generally give a crap about hardware.

17 relativity { 03.11.11 at 2:32 pm }

“Who else designs their own chips?”

Have you not heard Samsung is responsible for the A4 and, very likely, the A5 as well?

Maybe you haven’t so let me refresh your memory:
1. ARM core(s) come from a UK company called ARM Holdings,plc. not Apple’s design.
2. Graphics core(s) come from Imagination Technologies, inc. not Apple’s design.
3. Memory controllers, cache, and other logic come from Samsung, not Apple’s design.
4. Fabrication of the die comes from Samsung, not Apple, and this may shift to TSMC soon, but who cares.

So, Apple’s PA Semi & Intrisity groups were able to work with Samsung for a Tegra 2 impersonation of a SoC, so what? Tegra 3 is out this year.

Okay, iPhone4′s Retina display is the best in class – at the moment. But this is LG technology so I assume Android will also be “retina”-class in a very short while. Note to other readers that a human retina actually is closer to 477ppi/dpi than 300 noted by you. This resolution versus distance to the eye is based on high-gloss printed color magazines like Cosmo, Wired, etc. as they are printed at 300dpi.

I can also give Apple kudos for keeping the battery life of 10-hours on average daily usage despite the 1/3 thickness slimming. This may be a factor to some but not everyone. Note that Android is gaining traction on market share? I wonder if 10-hour battery life matters too much? Hmmmm…

Sensors? We’ve got sensors. Just go to your friendly web browser and point to the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Glass and steel. Yep, the Android camp can learn more from Jonny Ive but, nevertheless, Apple doesn’t own the idea and will surely be matched. Then, what rare Earth metal to go next? Paladium? Transparent Aluminum?

Ahh…gus2000… I would surely want to hear you talk like that when the iPhone 6 comes out with a 1GB RAM and, perhaps, a 64GB uSD port. “1GB is RAM is not a “feature”…” Blah. Wipe off that fuschia-tinted liquid off your chin my friend.

18 TheMacAdvocate { 03.11.11 at 2:57 pm }

Sounds like someone has had a belly-full of all the pro-Apple press surrounding the iPad 2. So sorry you have to go through this all the time.

Face it: when it looked like an Android device *might* come within a country mile of the iPad in terms of overall desirability, *just* when the pro-Android press started to work itself into a lather…

Apple announced the sequel, spewing a cloud of dust for the knock-offs to choke on and sending the butthurt fandroids back to their mommy’s basements. Even Samsung’s VP of Mobile said their Galaxy Tab can’t compete.

But I encourage the competition to rev up their marketing machines again over the next 6-7 months in an attempt to catch a whiff of the iPad’s popularity. The best part is when Apple smashes their hopes along with analysts’ estimates for their subsequent earnings report.

http://themacadvocate.com/2011/03/02/ipad2-revealed-derivative-offerings-kick-dirt-sigh-deeply/

19 nextguy { 03.11.11 at 3:51 pm }

“It sort of bothers me that the mascot for Android is not actually an android (a machine designed to look like a man) but is rather a garbage can robot with the sophistication of that pair of fart joke characters from South Park, flapping dysfunctional appendages while being propelled by a vaporous cloud of hot air. Shameless.”

Good day, how do?
And I send a smile to you

Don’t waste, waste your breath
And I won’t waste my hate on you

Waste my hate on you.

Think I keep for myself.

20 nextguy { 03.11.11 at 3:53 pm }

It appears that ipad nerds also have no life.

http://photos.appleinsider.com/sfiPad2.005.jpg

21 gus2000 { 03.11.11 at 4:08 pm }

Relativity wrote: “ When we talk hardware, Apple is playing catch-up and that is a FACT not fallacy…Okay, iPhone4’s Retina display is the best in class…

I accept your long-winded and ill-worded apology. Move along now, troll.

22 relativity { 03.11.11 at 4:14 pm }

Can’t these people wait until tomorrow? Sheeesh! It isn’t like Apple did not stock for 2 weekends, at least.

@nextguy, I wonder if that guy is blogging at RDM right now? ;)

23 relativity { 03.11.11 at 6:36 pm }

It’s the ultimate admission of defeat when you start calling your foe names, gus2000. Keep that in mind on your next duel.

Shhh… keep it a secret but I do own a 3GS and a 4. The only difference between us? I use them as tools and not some form of a deity that most of RDM readership seem to have affection of.

I am but a S-o-G concoction of an agnostic, realist, yet liberal and progressive technologist. If that’s your definition of a “troll” then I don’t know what civilization you come from.

Open your mind. Do not swallow everything that SJ spews out every once in a while. Smell the aroma and have a taste during webcasts but keep reality undistorted, unflavored and untinted. ;)

24 The Mad Hatter { 03.11.11 at 7:27 pm }

– A4/A5 SoC Chip. Who else designs their own chips?

Samsung, NEC, IBM, Texas Instruments, Sony, etc.

One might think the target demographic doesn’t generally give a crap about hardware.

Or rather one might think that Apple has realized that capabilities are more important than specifications. Ability to run Microsoft Office means little when my old 256K XT Class machine ran Wordstar, which could handle all of the functions I actually neeeded at the time… Oh, and I should mention that I’m currently using Pages on an IPad to write a novel. Specifications aren’t important, capabilities are.

I can also give Apple kudos for keeping the battery life of 10-hours on average daily usage despite the 1/3 thickness slimming. This may be a factor to some but not everyone. Note that Android is gaining traction on market share? I wonder if 10-hour battery life matters too much? Hmmmm…

The ten hour battery life matters to me. That’s why I no longer carry the MacBook with me when I leave the house, only the IPad. Besides, it’s lighter.

All that said, Apple currently owns the Tablet Computer market, because they made a couple of really smart moves. The most important move they made was pricing the IPad at the long term price from the start. This killed their competitors ability to get into the market. In fact it accelerates Microsoft’s slide towards bankruptcy (see my Microsoft Death Watch series for details).

Because one thing that everyone has missed is that Apple is out to kill Microsoft. If you look at every move since Apple bought Next, every single one has been aimed at Microsoft. Yes, Steve said that Apple didn’t have to beat Microsoft to win. He lied.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

25 relativity { 03.11.11 at 8:09 pm }

@The Mad Hatter,

Nicely outlined.

Of course, if you are replacing your trusty old Macbook with an iPad with that extra 6 or more ounces of juice can be the difference of not making your deadlines on a doggonely long commutes or a 18-hour flight to Auckland (which I have done a few times myself).

But you are not a dime-a-dozen tech consumer, Wayne. That was my point about the battery life not being a must-have feature list. If I can get 6 hours on a tablet that would be just as swell since I’d be dozing by that time.

So yes, go get yourself an iPad 2. It is a wonderful melding of last year’s (so 2010ish) hardware technologies and those drool-inducing apps. I will be getting one myself when the swarm of fanbois disperse back out to their beehives – as a fancy tool for those moments on the couch staring at the ceiling. ;)

26 miloh { 03.11.11 at 8:43 pm }

@The Mad Hatter

Or rather one might think that Apple has realized that capabilities are more important than specifications.

More important to whom?

27 The Mad Hatter { 03.11.11 at 9:34 pm }

More important to whom?

Most people. As the female porn star said, it’s not how big it is, it’s what you do with it.

So yes, go get yourself an iPad 2.

Why would I get myself an IPad 2? The original IPad does everything I want. It’s all about capabilities, and it has those. In fact the original IPad appears far more capable than any of the Android or Windows 7 tablets available to date. Given time that may change of course.

28 Joe Sa { 03.11.11 at 11:55 pm }

1. ARM core(s) come from a UK company called ARM Holdings,plc. not Apple’s design.1. ARM core(s) come from a UK company called ARM Holdings,plc. not Apple’s design.

In the late 1980s Apple Computer and VLSI Technology started working with Acorn on newer versions of the ARM core. The work was so important that Acorn spun off the design team in 1990 into a new company called Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. Advanced RISC Machines became ARM Ltd when its parent company, ARM Holdings plc, floated on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ in 1998.[6]
The new Apple-ARM work would eventually turn into the ARM6, first released in early 1992. Apple used the ARM6-based ARM 610 as the basis for their Apple Newton PDA. In 1994, Acorn used the ARM 610 as the main CPU in their Risc PC computers. DEC licensed the ARM6 architecture and produced the StrongARM. At 233 MHz this CPU drew only 1 Watt of power (more recent versions draw far less). This work was later passed to Intel as a part of a lawsuit settlement, and Intel took the opportunity to supplement their aging i960 line with the StrongARM. Intel later developed its own high performance implementation known as XScale which it has since sold to Marvell.
Apple designed the A5 chip Samsung is just the manufacturer.

29 kerryb { 03.12.11 at 9:25 am }

I think those evangelists would probably prefer Apple products over Android clones, why? God made man in his own image, Adam eat an apple in the garden of Eden. Man made android in man’s own image. That is about how shallow these preachers really are but not as shallow a Android nerds that think specs make a device and not the harmony of design, UI and specs.

30 jmfree { 03.12.11 at 12:34 pm }

Hey, Dan, Droid user here again. To say – again – how right you are.

Isn’t it great how the Android Market lets you try an app and then ask for a refund?

Why they give you a whole 15 MINUTES to test the app! After that, no refund, pal.

Disbelief? Here you go: http://tinyurl.com/4z8caww

I’ve uninstalled at least three paid apps within TWO minutes and never received a refund even then.

So, the all-important app market side of Android has deteriorated from a junkyard of crap to a cesspool of fraud.

Apparently, this is how the Goog intends to make app development pay off. Awesome, du-u-u-de!

Gettin’ ready to jump ship…

31 miloh { 03.12.11 at 2:17 pm }

@The Mad Hatter

Most people.

And what is Apple doing with those people?

32 jmfree { 03.12.11 at 4:34 pm }

Hello, again, Dan.

I was just reading my words above about the Android app store and then wondered “What am I bitching about?”

Toddled down to Verizon and got an iPhone 4. It’s been about two hours, and I’m hooked.

Everything is easier and two to four times faster, including Google Maps. (ESPECIALLY Google maps.) Wow. Even the Mail app is way better.

I concur completely that Apple was not only “first” but clearly leads in quality — by about a hundred miles. People who only care about cost will still buy the cheap stuff. Apple is smart not to worry about them.

This is an odd experience, because I cannot tell you how many weekends have been lost over the year dealing with Windows PC issues, which so resembled the Droid issues. I’m having strange thoughts…

Please keep up the good work. I am afraid it looks like I won’t be able to report from Droid-land anymore. Ha.

33 kdaeseok { 03.13.11 at 1:40 am }

“It sort of bothers me that the mascot for Android is not actually an android (a machine designed to look like a man) but is rather a garbage can robot-”

Oh why? That can robot”s really cute. I like it. :D

34 LuisDias { 03.13.11 at 1:04 pm }

And what is Apple doing with those people?

Making huge money out of their willingness to buy such good products.

I thought this was quite obvious.

35 LuisDias { 03.13.11 at 1:08 pm }

Ahh…gus2000… I would surely want to hear you talk like that when the iPhone 6 comes out with a 1GB RAM and, perhaps, a 64GB uSD port. “1GB is RAM is not a “feature”…” Blah. Wipe off that fuschia-tinted liquid off your chin my friend.

This is just a stupid remark. Of course that given enough time, even apple’s iPhone will have 1GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, etc.,etc. This is totally irrelevant. What is relevant is that the iPhone works just fine with the 512MB it has right now, and adding more 512MB wouldn’t be cost-effective, that is, it would cost more and give little benefit. Right now. For the apps that exist.

36 LuisDias { 03.13.11 at 1:10 pm }

So yes, go get yourself an iPad 2. It is a wonderful melding of last year’s (so 2010ish) hardware technologies and those drool-inducing apps.

Crazy talk. Specially considering the latest benchmarks that place the Xoom 2 to 5 times slower than the iPad2…

No, you go get your android tablet, little troll, and let us adults play with the real stuff. Now buzz off.

37 philipday { 03.13.11 at 1:58 pm }

I just did some thinking about that (currrently non-working)SD slot in the Moto Zoom that the iPad is, oh so missing:
Lets see: Zoom+32Gig SD card slot to make it equvelant to the 64Gig iPad:$900( give or take the couple of buck some “fanboy”saves with a lossleader or cheap brand.
iPad with SD and USB adapters $830.
Now plug your camera card into the two. Oops, can’t do it on the Zoom. No room left internally, so the photos have got to go to that 32SD card – the one you are removing…..
“There will be bigger cheaper cards”. Yes there will be- eventually. However, I like to discuss today. Not next year. You heard of this thing called the Cloud?. Course you still miss the loss of of your DVD drive and floppy. If you want to talk about what Andy is coming out with Real Soon Now, lets talk about what iPads coming out with Real Soon Now as well. How about 6 cameras, 200 hour battery life, and a 4096×4096 3 D display?. Until I can buy it, it’s vaporware and doesn’t exist.
Extra power supply? – Apple: Industry wide 30 pin connector-the accepted standard in use by every ghetto blaster and high end stereo manufacturer. Forget 65,000 apps – what about 10,000 add ons, car stereos, receivers, etc!
30 pin to USB cables available EVERYWHERE -in corner stores, Walmart, Target,Toys ‘R Us, and probably Starbucks. Ultra small power adapters also available.
Zoom:Chunky proprietary power supply available only from Motorola. The micro USB can’t charge the unit. Hope you don’t lose or forget your Zoom cables or PS while travelling. You’re screwed. Borrow your friends cable to top up a charge at school? or work? Nope.
As everyone has commentated. It’s the user experience and OS/Apps. It’s what you can do with it. It’s not a pissing contest over specs. Choose the funny car at the raceway with the massive engine – specced as bigger and faster than the competition- that hits 200MPH for that 1000ft sprint because- well, the specs read better- or leave the raceway in your nice (fill in your brand) Honda, Toyota, Beamer etc. You know, the one with a roof, air-conditioner, stereo, and the iPhone interface that you can get parts and service anywhere.
You are entitled to buy whatever you wish -but if you are going to compare products, don’t ignore the obvious: User experience. Apps. Quality of construction, reputation for service and reliability, resale value as you upgrade. Learn to separate your own experience from the statistically more accurate results of the mass market. Stop assuming that everyone is a geek ( and I’m one…) and can or wants to root their device or “fitz” around with it.
Cheers !!

38 miloh { 03.13.11 at 3:38 pm }

@LuisDias

Making huge money out of their willingness to buy such good products.

Yes, that’s the result, but I’m focusing more on what Apple themselves is actively doing to achieve this. What does a company generally do in order to get people to buy their product?

39 The Mad Hatter { 03.13.11 at 5:16 pm }

And what is Apple doing with those people?

Making them productive. I know they’ve made me way more productive.

This is an odd experience, because I cannot tell you how many weekends have been lost over the year dealing with Windows PC issues, which so resembled the Droid issues. I’m having strange thoughts…

I run a mix of OS X and Linux. Both work flawlessly. Both get out of my way, so I can work. I’ll never touch Windows, ever again. (My servers, and my two old desktops run Linux, my laptop OS X, and my IPad IOS).

This is just a stupid remark. Of course that given enough time, even apple’s iPhone will have 1GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, etc.,etc.

Actually, it may not. It depends upon what the OS + Applications need to operate. The Apple ][ ran well for years with 64K, as did the Commodore C64, both of which were far more reliable than the MS DOS and Windows Personal Computers.
Why would Apple add more RAM if the system doesn’t need it? For that matter, why did I buy a 64GB model? After reading you post, one of the things I checked was my space usage. I’m only using 5GB total! I could have bought the cheap one, and done fine with it (I’ve had mine for 8 months now, and use it daily – keep finding more things I can use it for so I’ll end up using more space…)

It’s the user experience and OS/Apps. It’s what you can do with it. It’s not a pissing contest over specs.

But if you have nothing to offer but specs, all you can do is try to start a pissing contest about them. And that tactic worked fairly well for years. But now Apple has changed the rules.

And only one company appears able to compete with Apple (note that I said appears). HP is the dark horse in this. What Apple is doing isn’t rocket science, it’s basic customer driven development. The sort of thing that Honda and Toyota are famous for, but that the computer and consumer electronics industry seems incompetent at.

If HP has figured out that all they have to do is imitate Honda, Apple has some serious competition on their hands. The real question is why Dell, a company that was seriously pushing Linux as an alternative to Windows at one point, and should have been the company to make this move, has proven an utter failure. Maybe Michael Dell should wind up the company and give the money back to the shareholders.

Wayne

40 Mr. Reeee { 03.13.11 at 6:21 pm }

Holy shit, Dan, now I KNOW you’re trying to kill me!

ROFLMMFAO!!!!!

41 Zeta2099 { 03.14.11 at 1:03 pm }

Hmmm…
This is called technological progress – “copying” or otherwise. You can’t deny that the latest crop of 4G-capable Android handsets have more stupendous hw features than the iPhone 4. To name a few: multicore SoCs, 1G RAM, 64GB mSD slots, 720p to 1080p video recording, 8-10MP cameras, LED flash, 4.3″ widescreen displays, gesture “Home” screens, etc. When we talk hardware, Apple is playing catch-up and that is a FACT not fallacy.

So there is one android phone with all those capabilities that is cheaper than the iPhone holly sh*t man i want one can you put a link where to find it?
Or are you referring to things that are widespread along a bunch of different models?
Or is that and only model but more expensive than the iPhone? and the bulk of your market share is just 2 for 1 sales?

Oh s… i fed the troll nuuuuuuu WHYYYYY WHYYYY I did it? Dammit!

42 Mike { 03.14.11 at 6:24 pm }

@relativity just let it go.

gus2000, is right, currently Apple is not playing catch-up with the current competition. You can rationalize all you want about gus2000′s points being not valid, but in products that are actually sold to consumers today, Apple is not matched. Yes, there are some things like SD card slots that Apple doesn’t include. But some would argue that they don’t really care for those features, especially if the phone isn’t cheaply made enough to not to include built-in memory, so the consumer is forced afterward to buy additional memory just to use the product acceptably. It just reeks of poor engineering when a one-year old product like iPad can deal with less memory and a slower CPU than Android 3.0 and perform the same. Imagine when iPad 2 comes out… oh wait.

Show me another product that is selling in quantities today that has all of what Apple has to offer (and then some) at the same price.

43 gus2000 { 03.14.11 at 8:22 pm }

Show me another product that is selling in quantities today that has all of what Apple has to offer…

The Zune!

Oh, wait…

44 JohnWatkins { 03.15.11 at 3:44 pm }

@ Joe Sa,
“Apple designed the A5 chip Samsung is just the manufacturer.”
Yup.
The whole history of ARM went through my mind as well, but I just chuckled. Good for you though, to have the energy to lay it out for Relativity. I’m afraid the simple truth is, as hard as it is for some folks to see, Apple doesn’t have the lead. The fact is, they are the only horse in the tablet race!

45 Joe Sa { 03.15.11 at 6:39 pm }

@JohnWatkins…Not much effort really a quick search on the interwebs & a copy & past. Goes to show how far back Apple was thinking & working on these things. Way ahead of the curve.

46 The Mad Hatter { 03.19.11 at 5:48 am }

Just to piss everyone off, if you really want to support the GPL, this article suggests that you buy Apple.

Enjoy.

Wayne

47 zaxzan { 03.24.11 at 6:05 am }

Hey, relativity, Andy Rubin called; you left your panties in the back of his car …

Why he called me, I don’t know, but I told him that I would pass it on.

Now, back to my homework.

48 PhilipWing { 03.28.11 at 10:41 pm }

Not that I want to *hunt* Dan, but I often envision him to look like the target in: http://www.caracarn.com/bc/000421.gif
And when you want a venue with a whole room full of televangelists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ8p7fGjVAk

49 tamajama { 03.30.11 at 3:18 pm }

To paraphrase Jerry Garcia, Apple isn’t the best at what they do, they’re the only ones who Do what they do. And all the rest will be pissin’ in the wind trying to duplicate that.

50 jvk { 04.08.11 at 8:21 am }

Re. the Android logo being a robot, I don’t know why you say “sort of” – it bothers me too. Also Dan: with all these implants, will you be becoming a cyborg?

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