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The iPhone vs Android battle is great PR for both platforms. They're both good, and the healthy competition forces each to remain at the top of their game and developers to compete to create the best aps. We consumers are the real winners!

Ron Miller

Hi Christine:
Thanks for commenting. I completely agree. Competition usually drives innovation and consumers win when that happens.



It's Rash's piece that defines things as a platform war. That's not excellent, and goes against what you say you value.

He makes NO case that Apple's decisions will actually marginalize the iPhone. Apple's consistent philosophy of focusing on user experience has been the most significant factor underlying its huge success in many many areas.

I had a Treo for years, which I loved, having moved up from a Palm Vx, but over time I could find NO third-party software, including the big-name popular, nearly essential apps, that didn't turn it into a crashing, freezing, rebooting nightmare. The phone became useless to me, mostly because of the 3rd party software situation.

I respect Apple's decision. Call it a "closed" system if you want but that seems an ironic choice when you are complaining that it won't run Flash, which is at least as much of a closed system.

The "it's a computer" argument does not work for me. We have a million digital devices... I have no desire to download anything for my Microwave or my water-sprinkler timer. I am a techie and I love to tinker, but I don't have the time, energy or inclination to HAVE to tinker with every digital gizmo in my life. I just want things to work, and I think MOST consumers by FAR (most don't read tech blogs you know) feel the same way. Apple's success appears to be proof that they understand the marketplace better than you do. Go download the podcast of Jobs at D8... it's an hour and a half and it makes a lot of sense. One thing he says (paraphrasing): "We didn't ever look at it as a platform war. We just wanted to make great products." I'm sure he's coloring it a little, but Apple's priorities clearly are what he suggests, and the fact that more closed systems make things more user-friendly is simply a fact of life that DOS geeks will have to live with.

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