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I’m a Technology Nerd

I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve been a nerd about technology for the majority of my adult life. Some of it goes hand-in-hand with being in the internet field, some in being a designer, and everything with being passionate about new stuff. But, to me, “nerd” isn’t derogatory. It’s the opposite; it’s a term that aims to succinctly capture passion, intelligence, and a unique kind of cultural qualifier in one little word.

I’ve hesitated to write about tech-related things because The Verge does a better job than I ever could. I also admire their design team, for the most part. But, even though I listen to (and/or watch) the TWiT network (especially All About Android), and consume all tech everything on YouTube and Google Plus, I still have something unique to say. I am nothing without opinions.

Apple

I exclusively use Apple’s still unmatched Mac Book Pros, and still love OS X. I’m adamantly opposed to using any laptop that isn’t a Mac. Most of that has to do with my profession, but also because OS X’s file management has always made way more sense to me than any alternative. So awesome, I love Apple-made computers. Ugh, except that new MacPro garbage can. WTF?!?

I haven’t owned an iPhone since the 3G. I’ve planned on purchasing an iPhone since the 4S was announced. I remember watching the Apple Keynote events for the 4S, the 5, and most recently the 5S/5C – and arriving at one conclusion: I will buy a new iPhone. Ultimately, I have always given in to the better half of my rational mind. The iPhone’s camera has always brought me ever-so-close to pulling the trigger, but alas, iOS set in.

iOS

When iOS7 was announced, I said to myself…

Finally, Apple has redesigned iOS. It’s about damn time. Maybe I’ll…

Nope. The too-little/too-late updates were not enough to bring me back. Sure, iOS feels better than ever, but it has still not changed, really. It’s kind of ugly; having some truly disgusting icons, and possibly not as intuitive as it once was. Sure, it’s still the same polished turd it’s always been, at its heart. I feel like Apple has lost that brilliant glimmer that once so proudly excelled at “giving people what they didn’t know they needed”. A somewhat odd redesign isn’t enough.

iOS aside, I just don’t use Apple’s services/applications. Therefore, I can’t benefit from their proprietary goodness. iOS will, likely, forever be my go-to tablet choice. The iPad is tough to beat. But again, that same OS is unusable, for me, when it comes to phones. I realize that sounds ridiculous. I don’t care. I’m serious about phones.

I really want to use an iPhone, but I just can’t. Before its formal announcement, the 5C was primed to be my next shiny new gadget. But not for more than the heavily speculated (and very realistic) $350-$400 off-contract price. I’m not sure how the tech world fooled itself into thinking a $400 iPhone would ever be a reality. Alas, $649 (32GB) for the “cheap” iPhone. WTF!? No way.

Hi, my name is Joe. I can’t use an iPhone.

Google

For lack of better introductory sentence about Google, Google is insane. Where Apple succeeds in hardware & software integration, Google succeeds in better execution, reliability, and consistently innovative design. Gmail/Youtube/Drive work very well, and for the most part, look the same anywhere I use them (iOS, Android and via the web). There is still some Holo versus Kennedy elements that aren’t as consistent as they can be, yet.

Google’s biggest challenge is getting anyone but technology nerds to appreciate vanilla Android. Cue, the Google Experience.

Android

From Ice Cream Sandwich to KitKat, Google has not stopped making Android better. One can’t help but view the Apple versus Google rivalry as a modern day replay of Microsoft versus Apple through the eighties and nineties. Let’s face it, Microsoft has made too many missteps in the last 7 years. It’s going to take a radical series of changes to bring Microsoft back. I watched the Surface Pro 2 keynote and laughed at how apologetic they were for the first Surface Pro’s shortcomings – of which there were so many. Apple is no longer the constantly innovating underdog. They are the safe, stable, and very predictable, billion dollar powerhouse. They have gotten too comfortable. Google has never been better.

I use, and love, Google’s products.

It really is that simple. I could stop this post right here, but I won’t, yet. It may be obvious but Apple and Google couldn’t be more different when it comes to vision and execution. Steve Jobs was a brilliant, truly revolutionary thinker, and he really knew how to execute. Apple has definitely felt the loss.

Knowing Who You Are

With Google, I am the product. To get the most out of the “Google experience”, I need to fully immerse myself into Google’s world. Rather, I need to let Google get to know me. Google probably knows things about me (through data, in some form) that very few people know. But because of this, Google Now provides me with very accurate, sometimes frightening, results. If I purchase something from Amazon, it (Now) will give me shipping notifications. If I frequently search (on Google) for movie showtimes, Google will try to preemptively inform me.

Google aims to predict what I want before I give any indication that I want something.

This is where Google starts getting interesting, and yes, scary. But again, know what you’re getting into and be okay with it – if you are okay with it.

This is my next.

Google scares me. I’m okay with being scared. Okay, Google.