One thing for sure is that this latest crop of processors in smart phones are very responsive. I played with a WinMo 6.5 and an Android 2.2 recently and was quite impressed with both. My friends with Iphones (including latest) have the same issues with battery life as some of the other people are complaining about. In all cases, you just turn off whatever features you really aren't using at the moment and all can be made acceptable.
It's my understanding that when the new WinMo comes out, Moto will have a cadre of phones supporting this. This would be wise for Moto, IMHO.
Sounds like Ray2010 may have been one of the recent victims of Moto's downsizing. Bottom line is that making money hand over fist has the effect of improving corporate culture. Let's hope Moto can continue in that mode...
bboyle, 1. Free WiFi hotspots are found almost everywhere thesedays. I'm not sure whether internet tethering is actually a useful feature - infact I dont know a single android user who seriously uses tethering apart from just 'trying it out'.
2. Quality versus quantity. There isn't a strict vetting process for Andriod apps.
3. You have iTunes though!
Just out of curiosity what are the things that make your N1 phone twice more capable than the iPhone?
I worked for Motorola. If Motorola wnats to come back, it needs a major change and restruturing. The Moto culture sucks, the quality of work in Moto is very poor. The people in Motorola are not very smart as compare to the other companies like Apple.
They are not open to innovation, the hiring standard is very low, the managers are technically weak and they don't want to hire strong people. The people don't work hard, if you work hard your work is not evaluated and there is no performance evaluation. Also, the culture is very political and the people ang groups don't share works.
This is why companies like Apple, Qualcomm and .. succeed but Moto is going down.
Personally, I think the Android will do a lot better vs. the iPhone than you think. Several factors here. 1. You can tether an Android phone or make it a WiFi hotspot if it runs Froyo, Android 2.2. 2. There are more free apps in the Android Market than are in the iPhone market. 3. You aren't paying the Apple Tax.
FWIW, I own two Nexus One smart phones. My wife has an Apple 3GS phone (has had an iPhone since they came out) and loves it, but it can't do half what my N1 can. JMHO... :-)
Verizon wins and Motorola loses margins. That will hurt a company that needs any help it can get now. I think Apple will win any competition because of the brand. My pity is the poor AT&T when Iphone goes to Verizon.
I agree with Kiran_NSN, Motorola will certainly try to counter this move by competing on cost (great news for Verizon customers) as well as expanding worldwide, something they have somewhat ignored so far.
I haven't seen the Android latest version. How about the graphic's rendering and dynamics? has it come up to the iPhone's height?
What about the apps supply chain? does the android market guarantee "no piracy" to the app developers as apple does with the app Store and the iPhone does?
Don't forget iTunes... What's the Droid counterpart or iTunes?
The iPhone isn't just a mobile phone... is a whole market scheme!
Like Rick said, I'll believe it when I see it. Meanwhile, the Droid X is selling faster than Motorola can make them, and Verizon customers are discovering that it is a superior hardware platform to the iPhone they've all been waiting for, that Android is a great mobile OS, and that the Google market has all of the most popular apps that the iTunes store has.
Yes, the iPhone will make a dent in Android phones when it finally comes to Verizon. But by then, perhaps 20 million Verizon customers who were unwilling to wait for Apple will have discovered that the Android phones are a very nice substitute for the iPhone.