Working in technology for over 40 years is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that you get to stay on the bleeding edge of technology, exposed to new computing platforms, software, and devices. The curse is pretty much the same. While those of us in Tech understand the good, bad, and ugly lying beneath every platform, we are not immune to the siren song of beautifully crafted devices that can make one “Ooh” and “Ahh.”
Such is the case with Apple and Android. Both platforms have reached a level of maturity and parity that makes them both viable choices. Try as they have, Microsoft has failed to garner a significant part of the smartphone market. Still, don’t count them out in the tablet arena. Surface has been making inroads, especially in the laptop replacement business for many corporations. Still, they won’t command the space.
Apple and Android’s latest incarnations of both software and hardware have been remarkable. Many device manufacturers, such as LG, HTC, and Motorola (Lenovo), have learned a lot from Apple about creating beautifully crafted devices. Apple has recently raised the ante by introducing the gorgeously thin and curved iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Not to be outdone, they are improving their designs in the iPad line as well. Still, the device that has definitely caught my eye recently is the Apple Watch. Now, that is one beautifully crafted, brilliantly designed device with serious innovation inside.
Apple has developed new chips that take miniaturization and complexity to a whole other level. The ability of the Apple Watch to respond to simple touch, detect pressure, and make use of the watch crown as both a selection and entry device is nothing short of genius. Many industry pundits have chastised Apple for its lack of innovation in recent years. I would venture to say that Apple has responded with something no one expected and excites most who see it.
So now I am in a quandry… again. If the Apple Watch is everything it is promised to be, I may yet again have to “switch sides” and move back to Apple from Android. Still, thanks to my Verizon contract, I have until next Fall to make a decision on which platform will win my allegiance… at least for the next design cycle. I’ll be looking forward to everyone’s feedback on the new watch when it is released early 2015.
Oh, and as for #BendGate, let’s just say one shouldn’t be surprised to find their thin smartphone bent when they’ve been sitting on it. Just sayin’. 😀