MG Siegler: “Why I Hate Android”

MG Siegler:

Believe it or not, I actually don’t hate Android. That is to say, I don’t hate the concept of Android — in fact, at one point, I loved it. What I hate is what Android has become. And more specifically, what Google has done with Android.

This is a brilliantly-written piece. Anyone who’s actually read more than a few articles by Siegler has learned that the criticism of him as “always pro-Apple” is misinformed; he’s been critical of Apple at times, and he’s certainly loved non-Apple products. It’s that, like Gruber (and for that matter, me), Siegler thinks that Apple is making best-in-class products. As Churchill might have said, iOS is the worst mobile platform out there, except for all the others.

And if you don’t agree with Siegler’s assertion that Apple, for all their warts, has more of the end-user’s interest in mind than Google does, I’d just like you to do one simple test. Go into an AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint store and set out a few Android models along with an iPhone and maybe a couple “none of the above” smartphones they sell. One and only one of those phones is going to be entirely free of the carrier logo. Don’t be under the illusion that’s merely an aesthetic issue.

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