Guy Kawasaki Leaves iOS for Android, But Is This a Problem?

Guy Kawasaki is the progenitor of all Apple fan boys and girls. He was Apple’s Chief Evangelist in the early Mac days and has been a huge Apple fan—until now. Today Guy uses all Android mobile devices (nothing said about his choice of desktop or laptop), why? Because Apple missed the innovation boat for him.

In a ReadWrite interview with Dan Lyons (aka Fake Steve Jobs), Guy says he stepped away from the iPhone a year ago to be able to use LTE networks and it was just a slippery slope from there to a Galaxy S3 and a Nexus tablet.

What does this say about Apple and its products? Well, the devil is in the details I think. First, we know that Apple has one of the highest customer retention rates (somewhere around 90%), so Guy Kawasaki is the exception rather than the rule here. What is important is seeing that Apple might be losing its edge in the “edge case” market. Folks like me and a lot of you. We try a lot of the newest things. We like to be first (or nearly first) to have a new device on the market. We tend to both be tolerant of first generation problems, but can also pan a device too early in its life (yes, a huge contradiction there, I know).

We talk about Apple losing its edge and not longer being innovative, and that is a real issue for Apple, one that Tim Cook and the newly reformed executive team are likely concerned about. I think, at least for me, one of the reasons why I haven’t been seriously tempted by Android devices is purely app inertia.

I have a lot of apps. Many of them I bought, and some weren’t cheap either (yes, I do receive a lot of promo codes for apps, but certainly not all of them), so I’ve held fast to the notion that if I were to switch to Android I would have a ton of app to buy (again). That’s kept me in the iOS fold, and probably will for some time.

However, if a competitor comes out with something that I need to do my job (in Guy Kawasaki’s case LTE was worth the switch), it might be a tough call—if I was in a position to act on it. Given phone subsidies (here in Canada mobile contracts are three years, so there is always an extra sting to Apple announcements), many folks aren’t in a financial position to forego their subsidy and pay for a new gadget.

So, while it’s rather shocking that the father of Apple Fans isn’t using iOS, it’s not a huge deal in the scheme of things. Hey, at least he hasn’t fallen for Windows Phone 8.

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  • Danny Kidd

    Even though I really like my iPhone5 (it’s way better than my iPhone4), I kinda wish I’d have made the jump to the HTC One X. Maybe it’s just the grass looks greener on the other side, maybe not. But I’m really getting tired of Apple. If they made the Adobe Creative Suite for Linux I’d dump Mac OSX for Ubuntu Linux.

    • BoatBoy

      I still hit sites that only use Flash. Every time I do, it makes me one step closer to leaving Apple. Now with all the things other phones have to offer, I am going to make the jump as soon as my contract is up (2 months and counting)

      • George Marchant

        Ah, but if you get the Ice Cream Sandwich or Jellybean, you lose Flash support anyway.

        • Torbjørn Larsen

          no. flash support is still there. just not out of the box.and int thon

    • Zangpakto

      Ubuntu…. seriously… just a quick question then, are you a “hipster” or something? For designing there are MUCH better Linux distros, also check out GIMP, that works in place of Adobe CS.

      As for iPhone, really what is about Android that will make you work better or use stuff better? The galaxy series still has a major security flaw in the system, Android has a ton of malware currently on google play. Maybe for general users Android is safe, but those in security sector or management levels can’t afford that compromise when it comes to company docs etc.

  • George Marchant

    I find it interesting that people blast Apple for not innovating iOS and keeping it “stagnant” But at the same time when the introduce something new everyone complains. People say they want change but when it happens, they complain about things being different. Happens to a lot of other tech companies too.