Thursday, January 7, 2010

Seven things the Google phone has the iPhone doesn’t

You know, sometimes we post something here just to see what El Jobso’s reaction will be.  To see how long it will take before his head explodes, things like that.  Well, this is one of those times.  Can’t just pass up a headline like the one above, can we?  And I didn’t think it up, Huffington Post did.   (PS, Memo to Dear Leader: My wife actually used the word “frigtard” the other day.  My wife!)

Caption contest

My dear friend E.B. sent this photo along. It’s from the Nexus One event. Sanjay Jha of Motorola (left) looks a little uncomfortable, no? Must be the knife in his back, pressing against the chair. Peter Chou of HTC is on the right.

If you work at Google, you should read this quote

It’s from Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. He wrote this book called The Gulag Archipelago. Have you heard of it? I bet Sergey has.

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good . . . Ideology—that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors.

My good friend Andrew Sullivan posted this today. He was talking about Cheney.

But it’s worth considering what happens when a group of people, in a position of power, convince themselves that anything they do must be good, if only because they’re doing it. And that anything they do to bring about that good — lying, cheating — is therefore justified.

Michael Wolfff: Nexus One sucks

Says the Wolfff Man: “This product has fret written all over it. And committee politics. It thrills nobody, it offends no one. It’s an incremental move, a toe-into-the-water approach. If we don’t fall on our faces, we’ll do better.”

As is often the case with the truth, this video is NSFW

But totally worth watching. Put on headphones or something.

Goatberg on Nexus One: Nice job, but still not an iPhone

The word from Walt:

The Nexus One, and other Android devices, still pale beside the iPhone for playing music, video and games. The apps available for these functions aren’t nearly as sophisticated as on the Apple devices. Finally, the iPhone is still a better apps platform. Not only are there more apps, but, in my experience, iPhone apps are generally more polished and come in more varieties.

I just took some advice from Ronnie of Jersey Shore, and sent Eric a picture of my dick and a pack of bubblegum, with a note that says: Chew on this.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Andy Rubin: El Jobso’s lost cousin?

Michael Arrington’s got a piece on TC today about Andy Rubin, the fellow who founded Android in 2005 and sold it to Google.  Michael thinks that Andy’s got some El Jobso in him.  We’ll get to that.  First, check this out.  Perfectly done.

“(Jobs has) disrupted the mobile phone, music, film and television industries, and we haven’t even mentioned the Macs yet. But Jobs is also notoriously touchy and difficult to work with. He demands perfection and doesn’t really work well with others. And Jobs is distrustful of the press.  Apple’s PR group is mostly there to not return calls. We forgive him all that, of course. Because he’s changing the world, and forces competitors to do better just to try to keep up. The world, particularly the tech world, is a far more colorful place because of Jobs. There is no one at Apple who has the product vision to push that company forward once he steps down. He’s the Alexander the Great of today’s tech world. And he’s also able to captivate a crowd when he’s on stage.”

Wow.  That’s so good I am tempted to just stop.  But no.  The point of the article, besides the adulation, is that there are a lot of comparisons between the two.

“People who work with (Rubin) have told me of his amazing attention to detail and his unbending demands that a product be perfect before it goes out the door. A lot of that shows in the the Nexus One, Google’s first complete end to end hardware and software system. Rubin has many of the same personality traits as Jobs. He’s a product visionary and fanatic who likes the dictatorial style of product development. He’s not great with people, and doesn’t deal well with the press.”

Rubin was an Apple engineer, cofounded WebTV and Danger (and got fired.) Sounds like Dear Leader’s NeXT-Pixar-Apple odyssey. Even dresses a lot like him, too.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Phones past to present

Great vintage phone ads here, and the new kid in town here.  We’ve come a long way, baby.

A big ol’ honkin’ Nexus One here

Notice how Google’s Matt Cutts lovingly caresses every square inch. Kewl.

Web meets phone

Unless you’re residing in a cave somewhere in the Antarctic, you knew that Google was going to release their new phone today, and to no one’s surprise…they did. Key quote from the Q&A: “Q: Is this phone an iPhone Killer? A: The message isn’t to iPhone/Apple folks, but to consumers. The goal is to produce a great phone that people will like.”  Yeah, sure, of course.  Personally, I think it needs more cowbell.  But we like it.

CNET covered it here. Ars Technica has a great photo show here, and look at that huge phone.  Like the lab coats, too. (Memo: check eBay tonight.) Gizmodo has more pix here. Arrington’s review is here, and he likes it a lot.  “Unlike previous Android phones, and I’ve used most of them, the Nexus One has no obvious flaws or compromises. The phone is the state of the art in mobile, and I will use it happily. Until, as I always say, something better comes along.” Mosspuppet, meanwhile, isn’t fazed one bit.

Now, what else do we have coming up in January?

Part I: Set ‘er up

Part II: Use it