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Woz: I Wish My iPhone Did Everything My Android Does

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Despite helping to found the company behind the iPhone, Steve Wozniak says his Android is superior when it comes to certain tasks.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a gadget-fiend, and he's made no secret about the fact that in addition to his iPhone, he has an Android device, too. However, it might surprise you to learn that the Woz, a man who can regularly be found queuing up to get his hands on the latest Apple products at launch, doesn't think the iPhone is king in every regard. In fact, he kind of wishes it were more like his Android.

Speaking in an interview to the Daily Beast, Wozniak said that while the iPhone is his primary handset, he wishes it were able to perform certain tasks, such a voice commands and navigation, to the same standard his Android phone can.

"My primary phone is the iPhone," he told Dan Lyons, adding, "I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do."

Wozniak also says that he feels Siri has declined since the application was acquired by Apple and integrated into iOS. He said he loved it when it was available as an independent app but that Siri's accuracy and connectivity have been affected by Apple's acquisition of the software.

Surprisingly, Wozniak isn't too keen on his Galaxy Nexus, the latest in Google's flagship line of own-brand phones and considered by some to be the best Android phone available at the moment. Instead, Wozniak prefers his Motorola Razr, an Android smartphone that takes its cues from Moto's iconic Razr brand of years gone by.

Read more about Wozniak's feeling on all things iPhone and Android on the Daily Beast.

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    extremepcs , January 17, 2012 4:29 PM
    Funny that he waited until Jobs was gone... Probably out of fear.
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    house70 , January 17, 2012 4:20 PM
    Not surprised to hear it, this is what a lot of people have been saying all along. Woz just proves one more time he has common sense.
    Glad he can afford to get all this new phones when they come out and hence be able to make honest comparisons. Usually only tech review companies can do that, and sometimes they have some agendas behind their reviews. While Woz is not giving a review per-se, he is able to approach this from a consumer (educated one) POV and share.
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    zak_mckraken , January 17, 2012 4:52 PM
    the new secretary at work = sexy
    your wife at home = functions
    Yeah we know that..
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    win7guru , January 17, 2012 4:17 PM
    I had a Galaxy Nexus. The thing died in less than a week. I'm gonna stick to my dumb phone now and a ipod touch to compliment it.
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    house70 , January 17, 2012 4:20 PM
    Not surprised to hear it, this is what a lot of people have been saying all along. Woz just proves one more time he has common sense.
    Glad he can afford to get all this new phones when they come out and hence be able to make honest comparisons. Usually only tech review companies can do that, and sometimes they have some agendas behind their reviews. While Woz is not giving a review per-se, he is able to approach this from a consumer (educated one) POV and share.
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    extremepcs , January 17, 2012 4:29 PM
    Funny that he waited until Jobs was gone... Probably out of fear.
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    willard , January 17, 2012 4:29 PM
    Looks like Woz shares my opinions about iPhone vs Android pretty much exactly.
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    becherovka , January 17, 2012 4:36 PM
    apple = sexy
    android = functions
    Yeah we know that..
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    The Greater Good , January 17, 2012 4:46 PM
    BSMonitorfunctions... sometimes... when not crashing and rebooting..


    If my Android does go into a boot-loop or crashes because of something I did, I can just pull the battery. :-)
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    zak_mckraken , January 17, 2012 4:52 PM
    the new secretary at work = sexy
    your wife at home = functions
    Yeah we know that..
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    captaincharisma , January 17, 2012 4:58 PM
    iphone is too closed and not as flexable as android in cases like ringtones and apps
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    shanky887614 , January 17, 2012 5:25 PM
    andriod's dont really crash its the people that use them

    people complain that there phone crashes are normally running unstable custom roms.

    go download a stable rom guys. i just switched to ginger stir fry from cyangenmod. its quicker, crashes less often and does what i want it to do



    iphones look nice and are good for non tech savy people but im not paying the premium for apple products
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    rallende , January 17, 2012 5:26 PM
    Why is Tom's Hardware reporters always behind on current tech news? It's frustrating that their special reports are top notch but everything in the reporting world is lacking? ok done trollin
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    velocityg4 , January 17, 2012 5:35 PM
    officeguyIts a freaking phone. What else do you want it to do!!!


    I prefer to think of them as handheld computers or at least a PDA with a phone added. In that regards I should be able to install any software I want from any source and have full access to folder navigation, command prompt and system files.

    If you just want a phone buy a jitterbug.
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    ap3x , January 17, 2012 6:01 PM
    zak_mckrakenthe new secretary at work = sexy your wife at home = functionsYeah we know that..


    Lol, that was awesome.
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    hoof_hearted , January 17, 2012 6:15 PM
    The greater GoodIf my Android does go into a boot-loop or crashes because of something I did, I can just pull the battery. :-)


    Or even recover from a backup on my "SD card"
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    bystander , January 17, 2012 6:27 PM
    shanky887614andriod's dont really crash its the people that use thempeople complain that there phone crashes are normally running unstable custom roms. go download a stable rom guys. i just switched to ginger stir fry from cyangenmod. its quicker, crashes less often and does what i want it to doiphones look nice and are good for non tech savy people but im not paying the premium for apple products


    Well, even as you state, "less often". Custom ROM or not, they do occasionally reboot on you, but from those I know with iPhones, the same thing happens to them too. It's just part of having a smart phone. I probably average a reboot once a week or 2, usually when using navigation.
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    nebun , January 17, 2012 6:29 PM
    officeguyIts a freaking phone. What else do you want it to do!!!

    give me a hard on then take it back down...what did you expect?
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    gm0n3y , January 17, 2012 6:29 PM
    shanky887614andriod's dont really crash its the people that use thempeople complain that there phone crashes are normally running unstable custom roms. go download a stable rom guys. i just switched to ginger stir fry from cyangenmod. its quicker, crashes less often and does what i want it to doiphones look nice and are good for non tech savy people but im not paying the premium for apple products

    I'm a bit of an Android fan and picked up a Galaxy Nexus yesterday. I installed some apps/widgets from the android marketplace and now my phone is stuck in a boot-loop. I can't even get it to go into recovery mode. So its not just people causing these issues, there are still bugs to be worked out.
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