Former Senior Google Executive Says ‘If You Truly Care About Great Photography, You Own an iPhone’

Vic Gundotra, former Googler and credited for creating Google+, has said in a Facebook post that he would never use an Android phone for clicking photos. Instead, he praises what Apple has managed to achieve with the iPhone 7 and computational photography.

He says that the iPhone 7 has brought about the end of the DSLR. Gundotra was heaping praises on the iPhone 7’s Portrait mode after looking at the photos taken of his two children in a restaurant. His Facebook post saw a lot of comments with many people praising the Galaxy S8’s camera and calling it better than the iPhone 7. Surprisingly, Vic replied to one of the comments saying he would “never use an Android phone for photos!”

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After a few other people commented saying the Galaxy S8’s camera was superior to that of the iPhone, Vic wrote a detailed reply saying the problem was not with the hardware but with Android itself.

Here is the problem: It’s Android. Android is an open source (mostly) operating system that has to be neutral to all parties. This sounds good until you get into the details. Ever wonder why a Samsung phone has a confused and bewildering array of photo options? Should I use the Samsung Camera? Or the Android Camera? Samsung gallery or Google Photos?

It’s because when Samsung innovates with the underlying hardware (like a better camera) they have to convince Google to allow that innovation to be surfaced to other applications via the appropriate API. That can take YEARS.

Also the greatest innovation isn’t even happening at the hardware level – it’s happening at the computational photography level. (Google was crushing this 5 years ago – they had had “auto awesome” that used AI techniques to automatically remove wrinkles, whiten teeth, add vignetting, etc… but recently Google has fallen back).

Apple doesn’t have all these constraints. They innovate in the underlying hardware, and just simply update the software with their latest innovations (like portrait mode) and ship it.

Bottom line: If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone. If you don’t mind being a few years behind, buy an Android.

iPhones were known for offering the best camera quality and experience a few years ago but things have changed in recent times. While the 12MP shooter of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are not bad by any means, they are not exactly the best either. And it is hard to believe Vic’s statement that Google has fallen behind in computational photography especially after what the company managed to achieve with the Google Pixel last year.

Do you also think the iPhone still offers the best camera quality and experience? Drop a comment and let us know!

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