Hulla! Things, we really love our things. Gay or straight, at some point in time, you've let a gadget influence your decision. Whether buying a car that will sync with your iPod, dumping your boyfriend for being glued to his computer playing WoW all day, or simply finding the way to Daddy's house; the technology we use influences our lives. Inside this week's post is a bit on Jonathan Ive, the mind behind the design at Apple; an interesting results from a survey of iPhone users; and why my boyfriend switched from an iPhone to an Android...
He's the Chief Designer at Apple; if you own a MacBook, iPod, or iMac, you owe him your devotion. And he's really hot. In a recent documentary about the design behind everyday objects we use in life, Ive was interviewed on his unique approach of "getting design out of the way." The documentary is called "Objectified," from Gary Hustwit (who also made Helvetica).
The iPhone went the way of the Vespa: if you own one, it automatically gives you an assumed license to be a prick. However, a Vespa is hard to come by, and you can by an iPhone at Walmart. Geeks are demographed by the tools they use: Apple Fanboys, Android Lovers, Linux geeks, Windoze Users... and we act a certain way. When it comes to relationships and dating a geek, it helps to know where their alliances are. According to a recent survey from Retrevo, it seems that iPhone users are quite the picky bunch.
One in three iPhone owners has texted or emailed their significant other to break up.
One in three iPhone owners say that, if their partner had out-of-date gadgets, it would be a turnoff.
One in four iPhone users has broken up with their partner because that person spent too much time on their mobile device.
Compared with other cell phone users, iPhone owners are more likely to see themselves as media buffs, extroverts, and intellectuals.
While this survey seems to paint a shallow picture of iPhone users, I'm sure that if the same questions were asked of Android users, you'd see the same results.(via - Retrevo)
Speaking of Android...
My boyfriend just switched from an iPhone to the new Verizon Droid. I could be taking this opportunity to say "Suck it Jerame! Score one for teh Android."* No. I could be taking the opportunity to say, "If my boyfriend would switch fer the Droid, then Apple needs to listen up!" No. I could gloat and glee, but then I wouldn't do service to what Android really is.
The iPhone and Android are two different beasts, and Android will never match iPhone in its beauty, multimedia skills, and charisma. Android is not a Multimedia Beauty Queen, Android is a Phone that Works. People who switch to the Motorola Droid aren't switching for the music player, keyboard, or Android's killer category of 3D Games (we don't have one anyway, sorry), they are switching because they need a phone for making calls, managing email, contacts, and social relations. They need to be able to run apps that they need (like Google Voice), while running other apps at the same time. They don't want to pay $100/yr for a syncing service and they want the ability to change the phone how they see fit.
The latest Android powered phone will always be compared to the iPhone to see if it can knock Apple off its throne. That isn't going to happen, but very soon there will be over 50 devices running Android, and iPhone is going to take heed and make some changes for the better. So suck it Apple Fanboys, yer gonna have to thank us later.