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iPhone 4 or HTC?

Make a Decision: iPhone or HTC

Sooner or later, every person reaches a point in life when s/he has to make a decision: iPhone or HTC. I’ve arrived to this destination, and the road forks. In early 21st Century people would just Google it up to find the facts, figures and comparison charts. Unfortunately, the noise-to-signal ratio is getting so high on Google, that it makes it pretty much useless in a decision-making situation. More advanced consumers discovered Amazon.com to be a great helper when it comes to make a purchase decision – their rating systems and almost unbiased user comments will help you to decide faster.

The brightest and laziest minds like myself instead of visiting Amazon go to Youtube. We don’t like to read. We want to watch videos, where someone will show and tell what to do with any gadget.

My first search on Youtube produced this hilarious video that clearly explains why most of the population wants to purchase iPhone 4. You can’t beat the logic of this consumer – she knows why iPhone 4 is better than HTC.

Software developers think differently. They don’t care about usability of a phone. They want to get deep under its skin. They are into multitasking, Linux and other masochist terms that can cause pain and suffering. The great illustration of their twisted minds is this video.

My colleague started development for Android and purchased a Google phone: the Nexus One. Being a smart person, he didn’t sign up for a new 2-year service plan with AT&T, but paid the full price for this HTC phone and simply inserted his SIM card from an old iPhone to the new device. It works great.

I like that it converts your phone into a turn-by-turn voice navigation system. Nexus One comes with the latest Android OS (FroYo) and supports tethering too. Now his laptop gets 1Mbps Internet connection anywhere where AT&T 3G signal is available. Unfortunately, in the tethering mode Nexus battery discharges faster than his MacBook’s USB port can charge it back. On the other hand, the Flash-only Web site of our firm gets loaded into HTC in a Flash and works great with Flash Player 10.1 proving that Steve Jobs mumbling about poor technical quality of Flash Player a joke.

So I was about to get Nexus One too, but Google’s CEO recently stated that they played with Nexus One, it worked well… and will be discontinued. Well, he was using different wording though:

The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticized us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale."

Google decided to stop with this particular device. Great. If us, developers, will invest time in creating applications for a particular Google smart phone, what are the chances that this device will be around a year from now? Will there be a demand in software developers who can create application for mobile devices if there are so many of them… Is the skill set “Android Software Developer” is something to wish for? Will Android on the variety of devices become THE “Write once run anywhere” platform? Or maybe it’s better for software developers to get into a different state of mind “Write in Objective-C, run only on iPhone, but do it well”?

Eric Schmidt made yet another scary statement “We've talked about mobile for years and right now it's finally taking off. This is our strategy let's see if it works or not."  What if two years from now they'll come to a conclusion that it didn't work, really. Let's do something else... The chances are slim that Apple will do the same with their bread winning iOS.

Yes, Apple’s phones have tons of technical limitations comparing to HTC EVO and the likes, but they are so good looking… Yes, Consumer Reports doesn't recommend using iPhone 4 because of fading reception, but they are so good looking... Should I take the position of an uneducated consumer and simple say, “I don’t care, I want iPhone 4, and I want it now”?

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