Wozniak reckons Android has an edge on the iPhone

Apple founder Steve Wozniak is facing a crisis. On one hand he “loves his iPhone” and has made it his main communication device, but as an engineer he has to admit that in some ways his Android phone is much better.

Talking to the Daily Beast,  Woz said while he thinks that Apple’s iPhone is the best overall smartphone, particularly because it is so pretty, there are ways in which Android has leapt ahead of Apple.

While the iPhone is pretty, says Woz, he just wished that it could do everything that his Android phone does.

The list of things that Woz thinks Android does better is a little chilling for the Apple marketing team. He said that voice commands are better on Android, the built-in navigation system, where the phone acts like a GPS, is another advantage.

He thinks that Android phones aren’t as simple to use as the iPhone, but they’re not that much more complicated. If you are willing to do the work to understand it a little bit there’s more available in some ways.

Woz is flying dangerously close to being being burnt at the stake for heresy by Apple fanboys.

Part of Woz’s problem is that he is an engineer and has been largely impervious to Apple’s reality distortion field. This means he will show up on the Google campus to pick up a pre-release version of Google’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, and have a picture taken with a bunch of Googlers outside the Android development building.

Equally he will say what he thinks will work. He didn’t like the Galaxy Nexus, but he apparently prefered the Motorola Droid Razr.

He and Andy Rubin, the head of the Android project, are old mates and Woz respects him.

Woz also thinks that Apple is facing the same problem that it did with the PC and tying its software too tightly to its own hardware. As a result it will get a good kicking from Android in the long term.

To make matters worse, Apple is up against a stronger competitor, since in his mind Windows was never a very good program, while Android actually is.

Applications took ages before they looked good on Windows, whereas with Android, that’s not the case. In fact, in some ways Android might have an edge.

Apple’s bureaucratic approval process slows app developers down, whereas on Android, developers can get programs out faster and work on making tweaks and revisions in less time, he added.

Woz says he’s been using Siri for a long time and used to love it when it was an independent application created for the iPhone. However, since Apple bought Siri and built the software into the iPhone 4S, it doesn’t work as well.

He used to ask Siri, ‘What are the five biggest lakes in California?’ and it would come back with the answer. Now it can only give real estate listings. “When you ask Siri ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ instead of getting prime numbers, I get listings for prime rib, or prime real estate,” Woz said.