So, the real Google Phone, the Nexus One, has been announced and will be released January 15th. Good for Google. A little late, but good for them. Here's the thing about all of this: I've been a big fan of Google since way before I was a fan of Apple. I mean, I liked Apple, but I wasn't really that much into them until around the time they came out with the iPod with video which was quite a while after Gmail launched. When I heard about the iPhone running Google Maps I let my imaginative mind wander into a happy world filled with Apple hardware and Google software. Steve Jobs would make the awesome, hard-working and beautiful phones that would run smooth, interactive, internet-based Google applications. And then I heard about Android. And my dreams were dashed. MOM AND DAD, DON'T YOU LOVE EACH OTHER ANYMORE!? DON'T GET A DIVORCE! DON'T MAKE ME HAVE TO CHOOSE!!
Let me make this clear right off the bat: I'm a huge iPhone proponent. There's nothing like its elegance and design and there's no doubt that the selection of apps on iTunes outmatches any competitor (for now). I played around with a Droid before and the Android system comes close, but just doesn't meet the iPhone OS standard. Yes, I suppose it can do anything the iPhone can do, but not quite as elegantly. As an example, when you switch from portrait to landscape mode, on the iPhone the screen visually turns while on Android the screen just snaps. I like the idea that I'm physically manipulating the screen, not just giving it another command. But I digress...
Android is a perfectly fine alternative and competitor to iPhone OS. And Google making a phone specifically for it is in it's very best interest. The Nexus One will be available to buy unlocked so you can use it with any carrier, one of the major failings of the iPhone, and promises to attract a comparable amount of developers and apps. My only question: "Why are you making me choose?! :("
I love Google and I love the iPhone, but apparently I can't use them both. Ok, that's not true. Google develops iPhone apps both web-based and native and I can sync all my Google information with my iPhone. But I can just see the gap between iPhone and Nexus One growing as we speak! It won't be long until there's some awesome app available for Android that's not in iTunes. Oh, crap... It begins.