Android phones trump the iPhone for a number of key features despite the latter’s aesthetic superiority, Steve Wozniak of Apple has conceded.
The Woz, who founded Apple with Steve Jobs way back when and whose loose-lipped remarks are the stuff of tech legend, laid bare his feelings about the iPhone’s limitations in an interview with the Daily Beast.
He said: "My primary phone is the iPhone. I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do."
Drilled on specifics, Wozniak confessed that the GPS sat-navigation system on Android phones is more to his liking than it is on the iPhone and that the battery life of the latest iPhone is disappointing.
Wozniak also rounded on the much-touted Siri voice control app that featured heavily in marketing for the iPhone 4S and yet which many users have found wanting.
"I used to ask Siri, 'What are the five biggest lakes in California?' and it would come back with the answer. Now it just misses.
“It gives me real estate listings. I used to ask, 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' and it would answer. Now instead of getting prime numbers, I get listings for prime rib, or prime real estate,” he said.
The walrus-alike engineer, who now occupies a ceremonial role at the Cupertino-based giant, last sang the praises of Android back in April last year, when he questioned whether Apple would benefit from more open, Google-style approach to its smartphone and tablet platform.
A matter of months before that, he went rogue and disclosed to the world’s press that the delay to the release of the white iPhone 4 was down to camera problems caused by light leakage.
The Daily Beast