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Woz: iPhone is "Somewhat Behind" on Smartphone Features

By - Source: Electronista | B 39 comments

Steve Wozniak commends Samsung for its "great products".

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has admitted that the iPhone is "somewhat behind" in regards to smartphone features.

"I am proud that we have such loyal fans. But this loyalty is not given, the need to have the best products is always there," Wozniak said during Businessweek's Best Brand Awards. "Currently we are in my opinion somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business. Others have caught up. Samsung is a big competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products."

Wozniak, however, somewhat contradicted his comments when he continued on to explain why he stands in line with Apple fans at every product launch. "If Apple would make lousy products, I would not be in line."

Wozniak has openly admitted that the company he co-founded with Steve Jobs needs to improve in some aspects. He previously expressed fear over Apple's creativity in the industry, as well as stressing that he wished the iPhone could carry out everything Android offers. He also wishes that the firm would have released the iPhone 5 in two sizes.

Samsung has been commended for continuously adding worthwhile features into its Galaxy lineup of smartphones, while Apple has been criticized for sticking with the same features (see: iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S). Since the former device's launch, the company has lost its place as the world's most valuable firm.

 

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    Memnarchon , February 8, 2013 8:18 PM
    Woz: iPhone is "Somewhat Behind" on Smartphone Features.
    Wow! At last, someone has the guts to say it!
  • 27 Hide
    spartanmk2 , February 8, 2013 8:11 PM
    "The great and powerful Woz.."

    -Cooper
  • 15 Hide
    NightLight , February 8, 2013 8:32 PM
    stating the obvious...
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  • 27 Hide
    spartanmk2 , February 8, 2013 8:11 PM
    "The great and powerful Woz.."

    -Cooper
  • 32 Hide
    Memnarchon , February 8, 2013 8:18 PM
    Woz: iPhone is "Somewhat Behind" on Smartphone Features.
    Wow! At last, someone has the guts to say it!
  • 12 Hide
    bnot , February 8, 2013 8:30 PM
    iPhone is either under-featured or overpriced. I vote the latter.
  • 15 Hide
    NightLight , February 8, 2013 8:32 PM
    stating the obvious...
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    milktea , February 8, 2013 8:41 PM
    IMO, I hardly used up all the features that the latest smartphone has to offer. So having more features doesn't necessary make a better smartphone. With that said, I still perfer Samsung over Apple because of many advantages from the Android OS.
    The major advantages of the Android over the iOS is that ease of settings change (for example, using my own custom ringtone). It would take several steps or jumping through some loopholes to do that in the iOS.
    Also, I can choose what I want to backup/restore in the Android. I don't need lousy 'iTunes' to tell me what I can/cannot backup. Backup and Restore is the most annoying part of the iTunes software.
  • 10 Hide
    newood , February 8, 2013 8:47 PM
    Apple is now buying up patents and is going to become a patent troll master! They don't care about there products anymore they just want money.
  • 6 Hide
    Anonymous , February 8, 2013 8:57 PM
    The beginning of the end for Apple's Iphone. Galaxy Note 2 ftw.
  • 10 Hide
    boulbox , February 8, 2013 9:03 PM
    Finally the people from apple understands(at least this guy from apple).
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    whiteodian , February 8, 2013 9:22 PM
    My first smartphone was the iPhone 3GS. There were only a few decent Android handsets on the market so I went with Apple. I later used an iPhone 4 borrowed from work. I am now using the Nexus 4. The 3GS was adequate for over 3 years and the iPhone 4 was very nice. The build quality was excellent. I did use a case so I wasn't worried about cracking the front or back. The screen on the 4 was great looking. I love my Nexus 4 now. It is a great phone too. The article says Woz said Apple is somewhat behind and also that they don't make lousy products. I would agree with this and don't think they contradict. Their products are may lack many things their competitors have, but they do make good phones.
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2013 9:51 PM
    Actually it's should not be a shock news nor comments, since it's first appearance, iPhone always-always-always have something behind in it's feature,
    iPhone 2007 - It's lack 3G functionality, limited camera than it's competitor
    iPhone 3G 2008 - It's lack of copy-paste feature that already exists on Symbian - Windows Mobile - Blackberry
    iPhone 3Gs 2009 - The camera still much behind it's competitor, 3MP versus 8MP from Nokia-Sony Erricson, No flash for the camera, and have the irritating alert notification
    iPhone 4 2010 - The camera get improvement but yet still lack in term of on paper specification. Yet another specification like memory. the competitor already bumped to 1MB
    iPhone 4s 2011- The competitor already bumped to quad core (on paper specification) adding NFC, even Face/Smile unlock screen.
    iPhone 5 2012 - Seem doesn't do anything to 'catch-up' the competition rather than changing it's design, processor update
    But it's still give the greatest, ease and simplicity for the User Experience. Most people that I know having both iPhone and the other 'open sourced' or linux system are agree for iOS User Experience despite lack of customization and cross data-exchange between application.
    So Woz's comment actually is not new fact

    ps: English is not my native language, before anyone complaining my grammar.
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    fearless1333 , February 8, 2013 9:55 PM
    Well you know it's bad once the CEO of a company says his own product is lacking. (Quite a euphemism imo)
  • 9 Hide
    m32 , February 8, 2013 10:01 PM
    iSue is going to be the next big app!
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    natoco , February 8, 2013 10:07 PM
    I still have my 3gs on os 6.1, its a great phone for over 3yrs old. My mate has a iphone 5 and its pretty poor without LTE, we can sit there and look up things on 3g and my 3gs is way faster. I think the 5 has a very bad antenna design when using the older networks and a lot of ui bugs from the new a6 chip or he has a dud phone, but 3 other guys at work have the same issue with there 5. No way i will upgrade. I dont really want to leave all my apps and cloud data behind but the galaxy s4 looks very inticing and seeing all these issues first hand is making me think different. When LTE arrives where i live i will finally upgrade otherwise i see no benifit other than cosmetic differences.
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    expressionate , February 8, 2013 10:09 PM
    I had my Samsung S3 for 3 months now.
    And never did I regret buying one.
    It is a versatile phone with a lot of features Apple can only dream of.
    What is most impressive is the GPS.
    It is fast and work every time.
    I think it was a clever move to use Google map view on this regard.
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    Soda-88 , February 8, 2013 10:33 PM
    fearless1333Well you know it's bad once the CEO of a company says his own product is lacking. (Quite a euphemism imo)

    Woz isn't Apple CEO, he's not anything even in the company.
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    masterofevil22 , February 8, 2013 11:42 PM
    just based on the title line...."no @#$%"
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    masterofevil22 , February 8, 2013 11:44 PM
    on another note (no pun intended), people are superficial sheep and simply don't care how behind apple is as long as look like they are affluent..aka..have an iPhone....it's hilarious
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    fearless1333 , February 8, 2013 11:49 PM
    Soda-88Woz isn't Apple CEO, he's not anything even in the company.


    My bad, cofounder. Had a brain derp there.
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    dare2blink , February 9, 2013 12:01 AM
    Woz is indeed a wize man. He has also previously admitted that Microsoft is being more innovative than apple, and judging by just how much more innovative the Lumia 920 to the iphone 5 (or any other phone for that matter) I can see what he means.
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