Apple legend Guy Kawasaki talks up Android and why he made the switch

December 11, 2012

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Today we have an interesting and shocking story coming from none other than the once Apple legend and evangelist known as Guy Kawasaki. He was the biggest Apple fan around back in the 80's, but a story making the rounds today from ReadWrite explains why he's now a diehard Android fan, and why he made the switch.

What's even more shocking about this entire story isn't just the fact that he uses Android, I mean Android is amazing, it's the fact that he actually admits to not using "any iOS products, none at all." So while he may own multiple it doesn't look like they get used much if his trusty Galaxy S III and Nexus 7 are sitting around. Here's a direct quote from Guy himself:

“People are kind of amazed, but I don’t use any iOS products, none at all... I fell in love with Android on the smartphone, and then I got a Nexus 7 and started using Android on the tablet as well. To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android.”

Guy then goes as far as to say Apple's slogan of 'Think Different' actually has more meaning for Android these days. If you truly think different, and about the possibilities a device can be used for, you're looking at Android. Thanks for the shout out Kawasaki, we appreciate it!

The article goes on about him initially making the switch last year for bigger screens and 4G LTE speeds from the DROID RAZR MAXX and now the Galaxy S III. What about the iPhone 5 you guys ask? With things such as true multitasking, NFC capabilities, alphabetical lists of apps, and the fact that he doesn't need "some stupid proprietary cable" for charging Android has won him over -- even with the larger screen and LTE of the iPhone 5.

“I won’t switch now, because I think Android is better.”

He isn't making the switch, and regarding tablets he isn't either. He goes on to mention the iPad mini had nothing that made him want to set down his Nexus 7 -- and thus that's what he'll continue to use. Interestingly enough it sounds like Apple's other big man Steve Wozniak is the one that recommended he try the RAZR MAXX, and he's never looked back. We know the WOZ is a big fan of Android, and even got his own Nexus right from Google HQ last year, but he still uses the iPhone himself. Below you'll find a few neat stories on Steve Woz too. For more details and the full interview with Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki head to the via link below.

[via ReadWrite]

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  • chris125

    Well he is spot on. Apple is getting stale and will be interested to see what they do with Ive in charge of software maybe finally get a face lift that is much needed for ios otherwise android is way ahead and I own an iPhone 5 and a nexus 7


      You got your stuff backwards there Buddy, if you are gonna be a tech whore/slut, you should be using an Android phone and an iPad.

      • chris125

        I had an iPad and like my nexus better. Sorry you get upset but the iPhone works for me since I’m on Verizon and didn’t really want to deal with Verizon messing with phones.

      • Best way for Apple to fight back and win is to open source iOS. Then it would become truly great.

      • Ha! I’ve been found out.

    • Sperrybird

      Apple is now what BB was 5yrs ago. They are getting stale and people are getting smart so they are moving to freedom and choice, and that’s android even windows phone.

  • I wonder how much Google pays for those PR guys. I actually hate those Java-heavy, CPU hungry, stuttering UI Android phones. I do own one BTW. But native code rules and that’s why the Apple exerience is smoother. And it sucks it is closed. But the usage is more solid. Anyway, competition is good and improves the whole thing. If only we wouldn’t have 25000+ patents for making a phone, a truly open source phone will stay in dreamland and we’ll still be pitting a closed thing against a more closed thing.

    • It isn’t just any PR guy saying these comments…

    • JRomeo

      stock android (i.e. Nexus brands) have native code which is awesome, that’s why they’re smoother than all the other android phones with U.I. tweaks)

      • Cobaltlantern

        By native code, you mean stock android?

      • Cobaltlantern

        And by that, I mean, the reason they are faster is stock android. Phones with UI tweaks are slower because they’re using modified UI/overlays. The code itself is essentially the same.

    • Radiant

      Android doesn’t run Java. In fact, there is little in common between the actual Dalvik virtual machine and a JVM. The Dalvik virtual machine is highly optimized for a mobile environment from everything in how it handles memory allocation through to thread scheduling, process context switching.

      It’s also not true to say that ‘native code rules’. Native code is more prone to unrecoverable errors, and in this day and age needs to be hand optimized to provide any meaningful performance difference against compiled code running under a CLR or VM.

      That’s just the way of it. But really, it’s Apples and Oranges/Androids. The Android operating system is superior in many highly significant ways to iOS. Google, in shifting from GB to ICS took the advantage of completely reworking the entire operating system incorporating core abilities and features that iOS does not and cannot have without a near complete re-write.

      Android is just better, that’s all there is to it.

    • Dave

      I’m no apple fan, but I’ve owned ipods since the Touch2, I had a iPhone3GS and iPhone4 and have used a Galaxy S2 for a bit over a year, would I go back to iOS? Not a chance, once you jailbreak your iPhone it’s as slow/buggy as any android, but a good android (a decent device) tops even a non-jailbroken iOS device.
      The only excuses I accept when people want an iPhone 5 (about as good as my gs2) is “I want to follow the crowd” or “I want to stick to what I know” and I’ve heard both.

    • What’s up with Java + Android. There’s no connection. Just the language.

  • Talk about a convert! Smartest man on the face of the planet. I’m bearing his children, that’s all there is to it.

  • Those are pretty compelling reasons to go with Android.