Tuesday, January 17, 2012

You just gotta love Steve Wozniak

If I was to pick a single person in the world of technology that I’d say I have a great deal of respect for and would LOVE to meet, well it would probably be Shigeru Miyamoto, but if we were to not count video games then it’d have to be the Co-Founder of Apple that most Apple lovers don’t know about, Steve Wozniak.  Even with all the tension between Apple and Android I don’t think there is a tech geek out there who doesn’t hold some sort of respect for Steve Wozniak.  The Woz has always been so honest with his views as far as technology go.  You gotta love the way that the guy could just go into Apple and get an iPhone but instead he just waits for it like everyone else.  You also have to love the way he will talk very sincerely about what he does like and doesn’t like. 

In a recent interview with The Daily Beast Woz talks about how he still prefers his iPhone but he truly wishes it did some of the things his Android phone does.

“My primary phone is the iPhone,” Woz says. “I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”

He also mentions how he actually has less issues getting Androids voice commands to understand him than Siri and he expresses how Androids built in GPS Turn by Turn navigation is also an advantage.

He mentions that “if you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit (Android), well I hate to say it, but there’s more available in some ways,”

Steve also goes on to mention how the fight between Android and iOS (Apple’s Operating system for the iPhone) is very similar to the fight between Windows and the Mac.  However he thinks this time it’s even more difficult for Apple because “There’s not as big a difference [between iOS and Android] as there was between Mac and Windows.”

He was actually quite vocal about his dislike for what Apple has done for Siri, apparently he preferred the program when it was an independent program for the iPhone, which in case you all think SIRI is a new thing, it is now. 

“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,”

“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.’”

“I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me, 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. Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that.”

Finally he tells us who he recommends the iPhone to:

“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,”

Again regardless of how you feel about Google or Apple, you just gotta love this guy J

Written by:Javier Torres

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