Guy Kawasaki Dumps iPhone for Android

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Guy Kawasaki had dumped his iPhone and iPad for Android devices. According to comments he gave columnist Dan Lyons, Mr. Kawasaki said that Apple has been slow to adopt new technologies and that there was nothing compelling about the iPad mini.

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If you're new to the Apple world, you may not recognize the name, but long time Mac users will remember that guy Kawasaki was the original Mac Evangelist. He carried the Macintosh torch higher and sang the praises of Apple's Mac OS louder and more stridently than anyone in the late 80s into the mid-90s.

He organized and ran the EvangeList, an email list that he used to call out the Mac faithful whenever anyone criticized Apple or the Mac. He was very, very good at his job, and his work has been the blueprint for other tech and brand evangelists since.

More recently, Mr. Kawasaki has consulted with brands and has made a broader name for himself by writing many books on marketing, branding, and evangelizing. For instance, he gave the keynote address at MacTech Conference in November of 2011, and that same year he wrote a book called Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.

He has also written a few how-to books, such as What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us, a book sponsored by Samsung for those keeping score at home.

He insisted to Mr. Lyons, however, that such sponsorships or getting free units are not behind his switch to Android. He also said he is not being paid to use them. The reason he embraced Android, he said, is that it's just plain better than Apple's iOS, iPhone, and iPad.

"People are kind of amazed, but I don’t use any iOS products, none at all,” he said. “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.”

Harsh words from someone who was once the ultimate Apple/Mac fan, but he had more to say. For instance, he first used an Android device because he wanted to use 4G LTE networks, something that wasn't available on an iPhone at the time.

“Apple touts itself as the leading edge of smartphones, so why was it still running on a network that was 10 to 20 times slower?”

At the time, Apple said that issues with LTE resulted in devices with poor battery performance, and the company finally introduced LTE with the iPhone 5 in September of 2012. It was too late for Mr. Kawasaki, however.

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

His Android smartphone led to him using the Google Nexus 7 tablet that was introduced in June of 2012. He likes that form factor, but said Apple's entry into the 7-inch tablet market was too little, too late.

“If there was something compelling about the Mini I would switch in a second, but what’s compelling? Why switch?” he asked.

But wait, there's more. Mr. Kawasaki criticized the whole widget control Apple exerts over the iOS platform, even though he once embraced the same thing with Apple's Macintosh platform. That was a different time with different circumstances, of course, but it's still an interesting transformation.

In any event, he told Mr. Lyons, “Another thing I like with Android is they don’t have some stupid proprietary cable. I can go to any hotel front desk and if I’ve forgotten my cable they always have a micro-USB around. I can use my Nexus 7 and it’s on the same cable as my Samsung Galaxy S3. What a concept! A standard cable.”

Apple's Mac used proprietary cables for mice, printers, and displays for the entirety of Mr. Kawasaki's tenure as Mac Evangelist.

Still, this is a high profile defection, at least for those of us who remembers Mr. Kawasaki's tireless efforts to promote Apple and the Mac.

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Comments

achaar

Ho hum.  At one point, his opinion on things Apple would have held some sway, but he has been so far removed from the Mac community for so long,... meh.  No disrespect to Mr. Kawasaki, I think he is a smart guy, and of course, he is entitled to his opinion.  The LTE example is a good one.  Sure, Apple lagged behind android devices in adopting LTE, but the battery issue was/is very real.  Like it or hate it, it is remarkable that the iPhone 5’s battery lasts as long as it does, being so (relatively) small and thin.

Petro

Kawasaki was paid to like the Mac, because he worked for Apple. When he left Apple, he was supported a company that depended on Macintosh. He then wrote about the Macintosh for some time. At that time, for Kawasaki, Apple was the best thing, even though Apple sucked, particularly when he was made an Apple fellow.

Now, he’s being paid to write about other things. Those things are the greatest things.

This is what marketing people do. Leave it to Dan Lyons to think that this is some earth-shattering development.

Geri O

If Mr Kawasaki wants to enter the world of fragmentation, slow, skin-laden glitchy phone OSes and late, or never-appearing and glitchy updates, then more power to him.

(And lay off the fanboy bullshit. I have an iPhone 5 AND a Droid Razr Maxx HD I use the one that suits me at the time. But that’s my opinion of Android for the time being. And I kept my Garmin, so don’t go there, either)

sflocal

I’ll take Apple’s lightening connector anyday for MicroUSB.  Not only will it provide the extra power that MicroUSB does not provide, but the fact that it is more durable, and not orientation-specific seals the deal for me.

Guy Kawasaki is a tech-head, and does not represent the hundreds of millions of happy Apple customers that have zero problem with Apple simplifying technology so they can use it like a toaster.

Android is for geeks.  It’s a mess, fragmented, and bag of malware infestation.  I have better things to do that worry about my phone behaving like a PC.

Terrin

You can’t take the guy seriously when he is getting paid to write books about Android and Google and receiving free products from them.

With that said, Apple does need to innovate faster, as Google is operating at a faster pace. The new Google search on iOS works great, and in many ways is better than Siri . Plus it works on older Apple devices like the iPhone 3Gs and 4.

Apple also needs to think about making some things cross platform, like Face Time. Not doing so, allows technology that is cross platform to surpass Apple’s technology. Apple also should make iAds cross platform. Doing so would put a hurt to Google and make developers happier.

Intruder

Guy Kawasaki hasn’t been relevant in the Mac world for probably a full decade, much like Woz.. Him going to Android means precisely nothing.

reformed1

I have and iphone 4s and Galaxy Note 2 and have had other Android devices. Stop the non-sense and silly talk about malware on Android. Also, Android is not for geeks my 4 year old niece know how to use the GS2 with ease. By saying Android is for geeks is basically saying iphone is for dummies. The statement also implies Android users are more sophisticated than iphone users. Both are good platforms but at this stage Android is superior in technology than iOS. Pretty much everything you can do on iOS you can do on Android, but there are numerous things you can do with Android that cannot be done in iOS. Before you make unjustified comments use a Nexus, Droid, HTC One X, GS2, GS3 , Note 2 and etc for at least a week then make you judgment.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Guy will take a lot of flak for this. Not because he’s Guy, but because among the Apple faithful, straddling is the worst form of apostasy. Like me, he still primarily uses a Mac. But he like Google’s story better than Apple’s for mobile.

I think his flirtation and conversion to Android has as much to do with his personal “no asshole” rule as it has to do with technology like LTE or standard connectors. Apple seems to have to be an asshole to keep the fences up around its whole widget model. Google is open, flexible, and accommodating. I totally agree with Guy that Android is a better mobile platform—for him, for me, and pretty much for anyone who asks me for a recommendation. I think iOS is a better platform for people who have strong favorable opinions about iOS and Apple, and that’s about the extent.

A world where Google dominates mobile is for me, far preferable to one where Apple dominates. It goes back to Guy’s “no asshole” rule. Even among Apple fans, embracing both the Mac on the desktop and iOS for mobile is becoming the exception rather than the norm. One day, fan sites like TMO will get the point and tune their message. Maybe Guy’s defection on mobile will start to wake them up.

xmattingly

It’s almost kinda sorta a shame that people still associate Guy Kawasaki so deeply with Apple, even though it’s been - what, over a decade? - since he’s had anything to do with the company. Remember that he was being paid to evangelize, and if I remember correctly he did the same for another tech company for a time (at which he was not evangelizing Apple-anything at all).

As far as I’m concerned, this isn’t like Phil Schiller saying “I’ll only use a Kindle for reading e-books!”; Guy is a former Apple marketer who now prefers the convenience of standardized cables over cutting edge (albeit proprietary) technology.

MuppetGate

I can’t see this as a big deal, though I’m sure it is for the folk who have been using Apple kit for twenty years or so.

A couple of things to bear in mind:

The vast majority of Apple’s customers have come to the platforms in the past five or six years.
The vast majority of Apple’s customers do not hang around in web forums.

So, the vast majority of Apple customers will have no idea who this chap is.

 

MuppetGate

Oh, and I really like the new Apple lightning cable, though I think the should round off the those edges on the USB connector grin

Darwinsosx

Kawasaki is going where he gets paid that’s all.  Nobody cares what he says or thinks.

jfbiii

Dan Lyons…that’s as far as I had to read. One day, Dan, you’ll wrest that Mac troll trophy from the cold dead hands of John Dvorak and hold it high and proud.

jfbiii

“Google is open, flexible, and accommodating”

When they’re talking, sure. When they’re doing…not so much.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

So where does Apple post the source code for iOS under Apache Open Source licenses? In the general Android ecosystem, that has enabled numerous really cool products from numerous vendors. Many of these are things Google never planned or even imagined.

Intruder

When did Apple claim that iOS was open source? In any event you can get some bits from http://www.opensource.apple.com/release/ios-60/

Goody for Android and Google, but it really isn’t relevant to Apple. Their business models are completely different. And Apple’s business model doesn’t seem to be hurting them, despite your hopes.

FlipFriddle

Good for Guy. I disagree with him.

Beatbox

I’m sorry, but this is too funny.  One month ago any of you would have said Guy walks on water. (don’t deny it).  Now he is a villain for pointing out the emperor has no clothes.

AppleAndroid

When the iPhone came out I refused to get one, and waited for the first Android phone instead - the T-mobile G1. I per-ordered it sight-unseen, and used it for over 2 1/2 years. I loved it. Battery life was just usable, though I had to replace the battery about 20 months in to keep it there. The T-mobile network also worked better than AT&T in Southern Cal.

18 months ago I left T-mobile for the first time, getting a Verizon LG Revolution LTE. LTE was nice, but battery life was horrible. A year ago I replaced it with a Rezound. Still could barely last a whole day with light use, even with the extended battery.

I just got an iPhone 5 last month. Screen seems a bit small, but battery lasts for days. LTE works better too. The best smartphone platform in the world is no good if you can’t use your calendar, messaging, phone, or whatever other apps you rely on when you need them. I’ve worked in tech all my life, but 30 years later I have lost patience for tinkering when something should just work.

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