Will Google’s Android operating system suffer from Verizon’s recent iPhone acquirement?
AT&T’s exclusive-until-now agreement with Apple has meant that tech-hungry Verizon loyalists turned en masse to Android and Blackberry devices to cater to their smartphone needs. Recent figures have shown Android making rapid gains in market share in the past six months, mainly at the expense of Blackberry.
The pricing and specs of Android smartphones are comparable with the iPhone, but the battle between their respective fans often seems to have more to do with subjective factors and personal preference than actual technical superiority. Both phones perform similar functions involving music, wireless internet access, and applications, though proponents of either will gladly nitpick about the specifics.
Many suspect that the addition of the iPhone to Verizon’s roster will steer new buyers and upgrade-eligible customers away from the Android. Some believe that the Verizon iPhone may steal away around two million Android phone sales in the coming year.
So, how many folks have been unwilling to give up their Verizon wireless to get an iphone? I was one of those people. Now I am not sure I even want one. I think I am at the point where I want my phone to make phone calls. I also like the slide out querty keyboards. Iphone doesn’t have one. Will Verizon iphone hurt the Droids and the blackberries? Is the iphone just a small ipad that makes phone calls? What can an iphone do that an ipad can’t do? I can only think of 2 things: make phone calls and take pictures.
So tonight’s the night. Orders for the new verizon iphone start being taken at 3 am for existing customers. Who will be taking the plunge?