The great battle of the cellphones. iPhone vs./ Android (gPhone). This is a big deal for both companies both Apple and Google. Each company has advantages and disadvantages attached to them. Slashdot has a great link on the story.
Apple, well, put their iPhone on the market. Its a slick phone, with touch screen capabilities and a sweet GUI interface. Actually a nice phone. But it has some serious fatal flaws attached.
First off, Apple mandates AT&T as the sole service provider, yes the same AT&T that has a monitoring station in San Francisco for the Government ease dropping program. AT&T mandated the need for social security numbers just to activate one. In addition to the insane initial price of the phone itself $600, a 2 year minimum contract was required, figure at least $100 a month for 24 months...$2,400 + $600 = $3,000 total. I call bullshit on that.
Also, initially there was no SDK (Software Development Kit) for the iPhone. Well, now there is but the insanity of the Non-Disclosure agreement prohibits any other developer from advising or helping further the development of this platform. Are they serious?!?
The iPhone has been hacked only to be patched to turn the hacked iPhone into a bricked $600 paper weight.
Apple, did some very bone-headed maneuvers with the iPhone, but they have a real phone on the market. A phone that I have absolutely no desire to have.
Don't get me wrong, I love Apple's products. I have a PowerBook G4 (PPC) that I have had virtually zero downtime with and a MacBook (Intel) that, aside from a Battery Bug with Leopard that does not charge my battery. Works very well.
But, even with their newer systems like the Mac Air, altho beautiful, lacks an optical drive and has only one USB port!?! But I digress, back to the showdown between Apple and Google.
What does Google have to bring to the table? Well, nothing, but virtually something...the Android platform. Yeah, they don't have a phone, they have many phones that only need to be Linux compatible. Google, is smart, they have a actual open OS available to any and all that care enough to develop for it, literally any way they choose. Hell they even put prize money out to sway developers.
Now, I will be the first to say that Google is not just being altruistic, they are in business to make more money, just like Apple, but the main difference is this they are smarter about how they approach business. They know enough to give a little to get a little.