The Woz Suggests iPhones Are for Simpletons

And he’s not very taken with Siri, or the phone’s battery life either

By on January 17th, 2012 17:11 GMT

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak may be a die-hard Apple fan, but he still believes his iPhone falls short of a few capabilities. And even more so, compared to his Android phone, he said.

Dan Lyons of the Daily Beast interviewed the Woz on the topic of which smartphone is best.

"My primary phone is the iPhone," the Woz said. "I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do," he lamented.

The main culprit seems to be Siri, the personal assistant that does stuff for you when you ask it using your voice. Or at least it used to, according to Woz.

"I used to ask Siri, 'What are the five biggest lakes in California?' and it would come back with the answer," he said. "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."

Wozniak was talking about the former Siri app that people could download from the App Store. The service was subsequently purchased by Apple and is now embedded in iOS.

On the other hand, the Woz touts his Droid, which does wonders with GPS navigation and has better battery life. Speaking of his iPhone, he said, "it just started running through the battery so fast".

But the Woz emphasized that Apple’s iPhone is still a great product. He said he recommended it warmly… to people who didn’t want anything too complex.

"The people I recommend the iPhone 4S for are the ones who are already in the Mac world, because it's so compatible, and people who are just scared of computers altogether and don't want to use them. The iPhone is the least frightening thing. For that kind of person who is scared of complexity, well, here's a phone that is simple to use and does what you need it to do," he said.
Rather old photo of Wozniak holding a 1st-generation iPhone
   Rather old photo of Wozniak holding a 1st-generation iPhone
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