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Robert Scoble writes why the iPhone and the Palm Pre are better than the Motorola Droid. Here are some of his points:
Last night my friend Luke Kilpatrick came over and we compared the Droid to the Palm Pre and iPhone. He’s a bit biased toward the Palm, and ran the first Palm Pre Dev Camp but he’s also a mobile freak and has an iPhone and an HTC Hero, which runs an older version of the Android OS. Plus we get together with other people at the Ritz and compare phones regularly and I know he is fair and knows his stuff.
Why did I buy the Droid when I’m a happy iPhone? Because for the past two days Dave Winer has been praising the Droid and because I want to stay up to date on what’s going on on the Android OS. It’s one thing to try a phone for a couple of minutes, it’s a whole nother thing to force yourself to use it.
Anyway, I could keep going. I’ll keep it at least a week and push myself to use it. The voice quality is so much better that I might just use it as my phone and keep the iPhone for other things. I’m fortunate that I can afford to do that, but if I were forced into picking one, today, I’d pick the iPhone without hesitating and I’d recommend the same to everyone.
I told Dave Winer that it looks a lot like Windows 3.1. The Mac back then was way better, but we all know that Apple ended up in 1995 with a small market share compared to Windows 95. The thing is, the Droid is Windows 3.1. It is showing the momentum is shifting but now Google has to ship their metaphorical equivalent of Windows 95. It isn’t this phone.
Jim Suva, analyst at Citigroup, expressed his opinion regarding the Motorola Droid and its impact on other handsets’ sales.
According to Jim Suva, Motorola has launched one of the best offerings, referring to the Android 2.0-based Droid. At the same time, this handset could impact in a major manner on other launched devices of the same type. Directly involved could be the Palm Pre and the RIM’s BlackBerry Storm2.
The Droid happens to be very fitted to work with built-in Microsoft Exchange support and benefits from the largest and most aggressive promoting campaign in recent history. Verizon has launched this ad campaign, including a billboard in Times Square, directly targeting the Droid’s most powerful competitor, the iPhone handset from Apple.
Analysts think that Verizon even minimized the importance of another intensively mediated device, the BlackBerry Storm2, by scheduling the presentation of the Droid the same day as the Storm2’s shipping and downplaying the RIM’s phone for the rest of this year.
Citigroup analysts do not think, however, that this dramatic promotion of the Motorola’s Droid would have a significant impact on iPhone’s sales, Apple’s device having earned a solid position on the market.
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