Apple fangirl trying to go Android

My sister had an Android. Every time I saw her use her swype keyboard I got green with envy. So I decided to put aside my pretty iPhone and give an Android phone a fair go. I was able to get my hands on the newest Nexus phone so that it was a fair battle – iPhone 5s vs the Nexus that was most recommended by people who I trust. Here’s my experience setting up the phone and using it for a couple weeks.

(experiment took place in the fall of 2013)

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It’s DEFINITELY not Google

I couldnt’t help but chuckle when I saw the big bad Bing ad. Indirectly – but definitely intentionally – it connects people Googling with the Global Financial Crisis. Hmmmm… OK. Looks like someone didn’t have any better material to work with.  I’m not Bing-bashing. I’ve used it and it’s been pretty good. I’m just surprised about the in-your-face antiGoogleism.

Macs are compared against PCs quite successfully without being insulting or overdramatic. In fact, PC is quite lovable in those ads. You don’t hate PC after you watch them. You don’t blame PC for your other problems. You still like him, you just feel a bit sorry for him. And even PC users can identify with the issues presented in those ads because they are real problems with Windows.

Bing, however, seems to be grasping at straws. Making statements like “We don’t need queries and keywords if they bring back questions and confusion” is basically saying that Google results are not relevant. When’s the last time you heard someone say “That damn Google. I searched for apples but all Google gave me was oranges.” You don’t hear that because Google is smart, intuitive and it spits out relevant results.

Even Bing’s claim to be the “Decision Engine” (as compared to Google) doesn’t work. What’s the last time you complained about Google Maps local search results or handy build-in Google tools like conversion formulas? You don’t. Because you like them.

I just hope that this search engine that not only named itself after Google (Bing is Because It’s Not Google) and modeled 95% of it’s look after Google finds it’s own point of differentiation and doesn’t rely on Google to fail in order to make it the top cat.

Here’s the ad that’s currently all over TV in the US.