Frank Meehan: Here's What's Wrong With Android

by Volker Weber

“If you go to a nightclub in any city in the world, the pretty girl has an iPhone or a BlackBerry,” Meehan told Mashable at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “She doesn’t have an Android phone. She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It’s too complicated. It’s a geek device, it’s all wrong.”

That is a pretty good observation.

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Update: What a coincidence. Pretty girl from the neighborhood just asked for advice: BlackBerry Torch or iPhone 4. Android wasn't even a consideration.


Does that quote mean that I have rethink this comic?

One other thing that has recently struck me concerning iPhone/Android/BlackBerry: Look at the accessories available to the iPhone user, specifically the cases. They are all pretty cool and made by top designers/fashion houses. Now look at the accessories available to Android and BlackBerry. Boring stuff, really. There seems to be no "statement" to Android/BlackBerry devices.

Gregg Eldred, 2011-02-17

BlackBerrys are either worn on a belt (eww), or in a handbag (without a case). Androids are bought by guys. Does that answer the question?

Volker Weber, 2011-02-17

I have a BlackBerry. My wife has an Android. Are you implying my wife's not pretty?

Tim Tripcony, 2011-02-17

Your wife owns a pretty geek. Does she hang out at nightclubs?

Volker Weber, 2011-02-17

When I read this - the term "think different" came back into my head. Androids are bought by guys. Kinda like Mitsubishi Evo's. When boys own them, it's not interesting. But if a girl owns them, she is interesting (I'm quoting Top Gear here).

The pretty girl may have the iPhone. The interesting girl may have an Android.

And no, I'm not thinking geek interesting. Just different. Something Apple used to be.

Paul Mooney, 2011-02-17

Are you insinuating that geek girls aren't pretty?

Kathy Brown, 2011-02-17

This so reminds me of learning the meaning of "interesting". :-)

Volker Weber, 2011-02-17

Hm... now that you mention it, not recently. :)

Tim Tripcony, 2011-02-17

I think this conversation has veered off track a bit, the comments have made me laugh, but still off track. I can't wait to see where it ends up. :-)

Gregg Eldred, 2011-02-17

Gregg, we are taking it up one level.

Kathy, let's ask Google for geek girls and pretty girls at nightclubs. Speaking of Google, the alpha geek girl is considered pretty.

Volker Weber, 2011-02-17

Perhaps I left off the ;-) from my comment. :-)

Kathy Brown, 2011-02-17

Kathy, you spare me from adding a &safe=off to the query. We do not want to disturb Gregg too much. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2011-02-17

Not surprising, since there is really no such a thing as an Android phone as far as the consumer is concerned. There are HTC phones, Samsung phones, Sony Ericcson phones etc, and OEMs are obviously focusing on their own brands and services like HTC Sense, MOTOBLUR, Xperia.

I don't see this percieved gender bias as being something wrong with Android. It is more a big oppertunity for an OEM like INQ or anyone else to do something different with the platform. Of course as soon as they do that, the male geek crowd will complain that their phones aren't receiving the latest software updates from Google.

Jeff Gilfelt, 2011-02-17

So, if your wife has both an iPhone (home) and a Blackberry (work), she must be really attractive...?

Kevan Emmott, 2011-02-17

Give her our best regards, Kevan.

Volker Weber, 2011-02-17

@vowe, there are some that would argue that Gregg is "disturbed." Or "disturbing." Depends on the day. [laughs] Regardless, I am really enjoying this thread; it's changed my own perception of iPhone/BlackBerry/Android and it may explain why some women I know that have an Android have been wanting to change to an iPhone. I should ask them why they chose the Android in the first place.

Gregg Eldred, 2011-02-17

@Kathy - I have no idea if you (as a geek girl) are pretty or not. Your face is always covered by your blackberry.

Paul Mooney, 2011-02-17

The prefix "andro" is Greek for "male", or "masculine". The definition of an "android" contains that of an automoton void of all emotional attachment. Coincidence? :-)

Jess Stratton, 2011-02-18

@Paul - well played, Paul, well played. :-)

Kathy Brown, 2011-02-18

i'm not that good with the html thingy, so im gonna add like this: the geek and gamer girls song:
I think they are all pretty, awesome and geeky enough for all mankind ;-)

Chris Frei, 2011-02-18

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