Today’s Apple event marks an important tipping point – it marks the point where Android starts to surge past Apple the way Windows surged past Apple in personal computers back in the 1990s. Moreover, I also believe that Jobs knows this, and doesn’t care. I think he’d rather have a small share of the market where he can exert complete control and create beautiful products that look exactly the way he wants them to look. Thus we have the new iPhone 4, which will cost a little more but will have pretty icons, pretty ads, and a cool video chat feature that only works if the person you’re talking to has the same Apple phone that you do. If you want to buy into Apple’s world, and you can deal with AT&T as your carrier, you’ll probably be very happy.
In related subway-gadget-spotting news, I saw a Nexus One today. I asked its owner about it, who ended up being a Google employee, and I got a great tour of its performance and capabilities. Impressions:
- The size and shape are excellent. I suspect we’ve seen our last mainstream-targeted Android phone with a hardware keyboard.
- The screen is gorgeous.
- It’s sluggish and jerky during scrolling and animation. There’s no excuse for that, given its hardware.
- I don’t like the font or the overuse of colors in the interface.
It’s nice enough that I’d love to have a $200-300 iPod-touch-like equivalent for experimental development, but very little about it would drive anyone who’s happy with their iPhone to switch.