“Hello, I’m an iPhone. And I’m an Android”
I'm thinking back to the classic Apple "Hello I'm a Mac. And I'm an PC" ad campaign with Justin Long and John Hodgman as I'm onto the 20th month with my Android-powered Nexus One Google phone. I had been holding out for a Verizon iPhone until Google was nice enough to give me one of theirs, unlocked and without contract. I've been impressed with Google integration, and though I haven't written extensively about my experience, my Android phone really has a lot of limitations. I'm not sure it even counts as the "And I'm a PC" equivalent (as those ads didn't even start to poke fun at the user experience of Linux+Java users), but still. I've always been on the "Hello, I'm a Mac" side of the equation with computers, but on my mobile, I've been on the other side of the tracks.
I've played around with the iPhone 4s and have been impressed with the Siri voice integration system. I haven't used one as my regular mobile device enough to know if the novelty wears off, or whether it is another game changer. So far I think it is.
I have used the evolving Google Voice Search on my Nexus One. It has improved over the 20 months, both in its accuracy and in its results. The fact that it is backed by voice recognition servers that are continually learning and improving has always impressed me. Better recognition doesn't require a new software version - the servers it connects to are improving with every use. Google Voice Search accomplishes some of the same things as Siri does. But the Siri experience, with integration of multiple sources of information both in the phone's information space and on the Internet, is remarkable. The response via voice (vs. display only as with Google) adds to the experience. And the whimsy is a bonus, and is what makes it an Apple experience.
When I woke up this morning, this message was on my Nexus One:
"Important Change 1. If you are using Android 2.2 or later version. Services and front apps(The Green items in the running list) cannot be killed directly, you have to force stop them manually. You can go to settings to ignore them automatically. 2. Ignore System apps: after you tapping OK button, it would build a ignore list automatically for you. You can go to settings to change the ignore list later."
At first I thought it was an Android system message, but it was from an task-killer app I had installed. I can't imagine this kind of thing getting past the app folks at Apple, and I felt like John Hodgman with a phone.