Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Oct 2011 22:24 UTC
Google "As an online discussion about iOS vs. Android grows longer, the probability of someone bringing up this link approaches 1." The argument goes that before the iPhone, Android looked like a BlackBerry clone, and after the iPhone, it suddenly turned into an iOS clone. While this argument, with its pictures, is snappy and easily digestible, it doesn't actually seem to be supported by the facts.
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RE[6]: Comment by frderi
by frderi on Fri 28th Oct 2011 09:23 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by frderi"
frderi
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2011-06-17

The difference is Apple doesn't make their money from services, but from products.

Googles biggest revenue stream is ads. Their software efforts are mainly targeted to securing those revenue streams. One of the main reasons they launched Android was to ensure a revenue stream for mobile ads.

Apple's main revenue stream is devices. Services like the App Store, iTunes store and iCloud are merely ways to integrate these devices and make them work better so they become more appealing to customer.

So its a very different starting point for both companies and this difference has effects on all the products they release.

So to summarize : If you like a good product, get an iPhone. If you like good ads, get an Android.

Edited 2011-10-28 09:28 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by frderi
by abraxas on Fri 28th Oct 2011 23:26 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by frderi"
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2005-07-07

Apple's main revenue stream is devices. Services like the App Store, iTunes store and iCloud are merely ways to integrate these devices and make them work better so they become more appealing to customer.


Apple's main revenue stream is exorbitantly priced devices, vendor lock-in, and forced upgrades. You're naive if you think Apple has your best interests at heart and not the almighty dollar. It's a corporation not your girlfriend.

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RE[8]: Comment by frderi
by frderi on Sat 29th Oct 2011 17:18 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by frderi"
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2011-06-17

At least they spend time in thinking about what a good device should be about. They spend a lot of time doing that when building a new product. Apple products are not "technology in a box". Apple products are "tools which happen to be made with technology". Its another way of looking at technology, and the reason why they are so good in building breaktrough devices. They start with the customer experience, then work their way back to the technology.

Personally I don't mind paying an extra to have a well thought through solution. Having 200MHz extra or 250GB extra doesn't mean anything when the end result isn't thought trough. Most people won't even max out a computer that's made 4 years ago.

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