gPhone Verses iPhone

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It's official. The Android SDK (Software Development Kit) is 100% real hardware from T-Mobile and HTC electronics.   It seems using the term "smart-phone" is a sliding degree of the truth.

It sure looks to me like the hardware specifications that ran my desktop computers a few years ago. Almost exactly like the POS (Point Of Sale) stuff, right down to the touch screens, only smaller.

And as iPhone really is running OS X, and gPhone is an open source build from Google, well, of course. These are computer Operating Systems (OSes), and development languages from computer companies.  

Wouldn't you agree that if you install programs like a computer, use it like a computer, and watch it crash like a computer; it's probably a computer. If it makes you feel better to call it a smart phone, go right ahead.

For the developers looking for the crib notes, iPhone is the native OS X IDE (Integrated Developers Environment) for Apple and Mac. The gPhone uses Eclipse as it's IDE. Infoworld points out that outside of The Win and Mac platforms, Eclipse is the IDE of choice. We agree. And yes, the command line is an option for those of us that have massive script jobs to run.  

As Eclipse shines with Java, and Android is Java based, a nice win here. Add the really cool free programming classes from Stanford (which are based around... Java) and you have a big open and level playing field for gPhone over iPhone.   Over the long haul, it may really play out for gPhone in terms of downloads available.

As both platforms must suffer some "customization", to fit on the power of yesterday, with the needs of tomorrow's applications. Neil McAllister of Infoworld, developers are not going to like feeling the shoehorn. Apple folks coming in with a stronger dis-like than Android - Java Mashups.  

And that is where gPhone may win in the application race. With the developers having a much lower hardware starting point (a computer, download stuff from Google.) As opposed to, Need a Mac. Well Mac's are not free. At least not the Mac to run the IDE. They need the latest OS X.  

And the step-children of Java - Android do not have to bend their brains as hard as the Mac folks.

Finally, they get to be step-children of Java with free courses from Stanford with the S E E program.

The money says gPhone will have more applications than iPhone. 

This is not to say the iPhone is going to go away, or is sub standard to the gPhone.   All reports are pretty much coming down to the same bottom line. iPhone and gPhone are close in function, and appeal to different brain types.  

While the iPhone is certainly slick, having at least a physical keyboard as an option for the times when heavy text is best is still a whole different experience than the 10-key of a cell phone.

The 1st reviews are not clearly stating you can expand using the Micro-SD card. The best on this so far is a "probably" from PC Magazine's Lead Analyst, Sascha Segan. At first blush, it wouldn't seem a really big deal both to map that Micro-SD card, and mostly work "in the cloud".Presumably that would be Google's cloud. Heck the keyboard has one touch physical buttons for you on the slide out keyboard, to work that cloud.  

And in some cases, it prefers its own Gtalk over AIM. Only Gtalk integrates contact status, for example.

Everyone wants this baby for the Google Maps. The Compass Mode shows the street view and the direction you are facing, now.Add some 3rd party assistance to the GPS and you got a real wizard. Heck, the first gPhone has a 400 MHz Qualcomm processor!

That was the clock rate of a desktop computer, running MS Windows 2000, after Y2K.

Yet, the 3 mega-pixel camera can only do stills, no video. Blue tooth is mono, so don't expect the highest audio experience with Blue tooth headphones.

Some wag called the browser, "Chrome, Light". OK, So load Chrome before you touch a gPhone.

In the end game, some will choose the more utility nature of the gPhone. Others will jump at the iPhone. Pick the one which quickens your pulse for more than 10 minutes. It will probably be the right choice for you.

Tcat Houser is a trainer in Information Technology as well as assisting people understand the most complex computer all, the human brain. This necessitates his being a professional Road warrior.

As A Certified Technical Trainer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) @ TRCB.com it can be difficult to figure out what Tcat is currently researching.

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