Mike Arrington, founder of the famous and influential TechCrunch blog, and I totally disagree about the Motorola Droid and whether or not it’s a great product or not. To be fair to the Droid I’ve been using it all week to see if my opinion changes (I left my iPhone at home when I went to Denver this week). My opinion of the Droid has not improved after using it. And if that makes me an Apple fanboy, that’s cool. When another device actually is better than the iPhone I’ll tell you and then we’ll see who has their credibility left.
Looking at the comments from my Droid vs. iPhone vs. Palm Pre post (hundreds of them) there are quite a few that think I wasn’t fair to the Droid. They think the Droid completely beats the iPhone.
They are wrong. Totally wrong. But, at least in Arrington’s case I can understand it. Yesterday on the Gillmor Gang (hopefully the audio is up soon so you can hear the disagreement) he explained why: he is looking for a device that runs Google Voice. Now that I’ve installed Google Voice on my own Android I sort of get where he’s coming from.
It’s just that I don’t care all that much about voice. As long as I can talk for a while on the phone I’m happy. The iPhone fits that bill. But Arrington wants a voice-routing machine. With Google Voice he can tell it to route calls to other phones. Plus anyone who leaves him a message has their voice mail turned into text and something that he can listen to from his desktop.
Arrington is voice centric. If you are voice centric the Droid already is better than the iPhone (it has better voice quality, which I’ve tested out with Dave Winer and it’s on a better network too — provably so in my case because the Droid lets me talk all the way to San Francisco while iPhone cuts out for about five minutes of the drive while you go over Devil’s Slide).
So, why do I disagree with him over the Droid even though it’s arguably a superior voice phone to iPhone?
Because I’m web and Twitter centric. I use my phones for Twittering far far more than I use them for voice. So I care about things like how easy is it to navigate through Tweets. Or how easy it is to zoom in the web browser to check out pieces of photos and such.
From this aspect the iPhone kicks ass. The Facebook app is far better. The selection of Twitter apps are far better, have more features, and are far nicer to use. The Web browser looks better and is easier to enter data into. Plus, the iPhone has multi-touch everywhere while the Droid doesn’t have it (although some say you can load an app to give you multitouch, but that’s really a lame answer).
Anyway, I’ll do a video to show you some of the differences and why I disagree with Arrington and you can listen to the Gillmor Gang when Steve gets the audio up.
But really this isn’t all that interesting to me. If the Droid works for you, wonderful. It works for me too. It just isn’t a great product yet. I have a feeling the a great Android device is coming, though. I’ll see you then!