Steve Wozniak Talks Siri, iPhone 4S Battery Life, and Android

By , Jan 16, 2012

Apple co-founder and former engineer Steve Wozniak is well known for being openly opinionated. He’s gone on record with his thoughts on a number of Apple-related topics including the white iPhone 4 and his former partner, Steve Jobs.

Over the weekend, The Daily Beast published a report with some of Steve Woz’s latest chatter. The Woz sounded off about the battery life of the iPhone 4S, his gripes with Siri, and why he thinks Android is better than iOS in a couple of areas…

First, Steve’s thoughts on the battery life of his iPhone 4S:

“With the iPhone, something happened with the new OS or the new phone, and it just started running through the battery so fast. I’ve had a lot of issues with things I have to turn off just to save the battery life.”

We have to agree with him here. iOS 5 has been plagued with battery performance issues since it was released late last year. And the sad thing is, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be fixed anytime soon.

The Woz also has beef with the way Siri performs:

“I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me. I’ll be saying, over and over again in my car, “Call the Lark Creek Steak House,” and I can’t get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it’s done. On the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the internet. But many times it can’t connect. I’ve never had Android come back and say, ‘I can’t connect over the internet. Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that.”

Consumer reaction to Siri has been somewhat of a mixed bag, and it’s worth noting that Apple is still labeling the feature as beta. But we do have to agree with Steve on the navigation thing. Apple is way behind the competition when it comes to its Maps application, and the fact that it doesn’t yet have voice-read turn-by-turn directions is a bit ridiculous.

Steve admits that his main phone is an iPhone 4S, and he still thinks that Apple makes the best all-around handset. But he also uses an Android device on a daily basis.

[9to5Mac]

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  • http://twitter.com/TimothyBryant94 Timothy Bryant

    Well dang. I wish apple would offer better tech specs like a 1 ghz processor or a bigger screen like most android phones come stock with for much cheaper.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Lintex Leo J. Campos

      thats like comparing a 3.6 ghz pc with a 3.0 ghz mac.. mac will always get better performance because it’s a matter of software

      • Anonymous

        i doubt i will ever see the day a mac is faster/better than my computer.. and i built it my self, so its not so god damn expensive

      • http://www.facebook.com/Lintex Leo J. Campos

        idoubt i will ever see the day your hand made pc look like a mac and for people who pays for style and simplicity and who also doesn’t know or cares about how to build a computer (NOT ME) that’s a big deal

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1374012978 Josh Cole

        lol no… if you were to say its like comparing a 3.0ghz mac to a 3.0ghz linux machine yes. but android is not windows 7 mobile.. and comparing android to windows is idiotic. also, go ahead and compare your macs speed at the same specs to the same machine running linux. please do and get back to me on your results.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Lintex Leo J. Campos

        I can see why people talks about linux when it comes to android but the fact is that Android y is the windows of mobile OS.. it runs slower and comes with a lot of bugs…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gustavo-Gonzalez/571889632 Gustavo Gonzalez

      It doesnt matter that much, apple handsets are way faster than the competition and a bigger screen if well is better for reading and gaming, its way more acward for daily use

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I would like a larger screen, but I`m not sure if I would like it to be as big as the Samsung galaxy s II. Like seriously, it`s too big for a phone.

      • Anonymous

        3.7″ to 4″ is the optimal screen size

    • Anonymous

      android look better on spec sheets, but check out the benchmarks. the real hands on performance

  • Anonymous

    he needs to JB

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539008191 Luc Thibault-vallée

      He is waiting like all of us lol

  • Anonymous

    Oh well, if the Apple Co-Founder can GET REAL, we can.

    FELLOW REASONABLE PEOPLE, APPLE SUCKS RIGHT NOW, AND I DON’T WISH ANY GOOD FOR TIM COOK.

    Jesus, Steve, why would you leave such a mentally challenged person in charge of the empire Apple is?

    • Simon Reidy

      Just out of interest, why exactly is Tim Cook in your hate books? He worked alongside Steve Jobs for years and has been just as influnential to the industry with the products he has helped design and produce. Jobs had full confidence in him, and after reading about his background I have to say I think he’ll do a good job too.

      In addition, any failures you see in Apple right now are nothing to do with Tim Cook. The iPhone 4S and probably the next two phones after that will be follolowing Steve Job’s clear direction for the future. Remember it was his decision to release the iPhone 4S. Tim Cook has only been CEO for a matter of months, so he hasn’t reallt done much aat all. I’m interested in why you’ve developed such antognistic attitutdes towards a man you don’t even know?

      Remember I’m jut curious why you think this, so please don’t attack me either, just for asking.

    • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.m.simon Stephen Michael Simon

      Yeah, a response is definitely in order. Until then, your outlandish comment holds no weight to me or probably anyone on this site.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, should’ve known there’d be at least someone that would take a comment against Apple to the heart. Funny how people get offended by sch comments, even though you’re not very likely to have contributed to Apple in any way, to feel that way. Oh, and sarcasm… Yeah, you can’t pull it off.

  • Jas God

    just purchased the 4S today- I love it! can’t really complain about Siri yet, being that I’ve only had it for a day, it’s been workin great so far tho. I find myself setting a lot of reminders with Siri now. and it looks like the jb will be available soon! perfect timing!

    • Jas God

      and thank God for Best Buy’s BuyBack Program, just in case the 5 drops this year I WILL be gettin that off top.

      • Anonymous

        BuyBack Program is the biggest ripoff out there. You can do much better by listing on Craigslist or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AKChris82 Chris Williams

    No offense…but i did the same thing i used a Atrix4G while still using an iPhone4. Have to admit though iOS is a WAY smoother then Droid 2.3 @ lest when i last had an Android. BUT..all in all everyone’s not going to be using their phones the same way The Woz uses his, & As for battery power I’ve never has a issue with mine; even on a Active day it never get’s below 75% battery. So i’m pleased with it..BUT..siri is still in beta so i’m all excited to see what a Finished Siri will Do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500182436 Richard Brooks

    Really they just need to get a good voice turn by turn navigation built into the iOS. There are some things they can improve on like opening up so that and open up so 3rd party apps can be used as widgets. The base weather app sucks to me. Also combine some of the base apps into one like compass and maps, contacts and phone, music & video (like it use to be), notes, voice memos and reminders should all be one app too.Combine the app store and itunes together as well. Apple is good about keeping bloatware off but they should decrease the damn icon count.

  • Jon Garrett

    He also said this which you left out of that story.

    “My primary phone is the iPhone. I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do. [...] If you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there’s more available in some ways.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707582694 Tim McCormick

    Like Woz, I was peddling two phones around for quite a while cause I loved the iPhone so much, but my Android just did so much more than the simple iPhone. Finally sold my last iPhone, not looking back. I have dual core chip, and HTC even told me how to unlock boot loader, I’ve rooted and can install custom roms as mentioned by HTC itself. It’s a better world since I moved from the iPhone. I feel sorry for Apple right now, all the ideas they’ve borrowed from the jailbreak community with no credit given. All that massive fan support that has been wasted by dumbing down iphone releases. The 4S is the equivilent to Windows Vista, BIG FLOP, Why would you buy 4S when other munafacturers specs are light years ahead? Samsung and HTC, even LG and Moto all have MULTIPLE blazing fast handsets that blow Apple away. Oh, and QUAD CORE is coming too. But keep looking forward to iphone 5, if it ever comes. I hope Apple will make a come back and try to be more open and win back it’s fans like me that are forced to go with a better product that does so much more NOW, not on the next model!

    • Anonymous

      4s is superior to any other phone. check out all the benchmarks. Faster and way less buggy. I thought about going android when i saw the spec sheets, but when i saw the benchmarks, I’m glad i stayed with apple. Good luck getting ics or any other update

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707582694 Tim McCormick

        Okay my comment was a little over the top, the 4S is a good device but seems like Apple is falling behind. I’d like to see several phones released in different sizes with much better maps and LTE. With an LCD comparable to AMOLED. I’d like to see shortcut menus added like SBsettings. I really hope they have some great things in the works. IOS 5 was a great update.
        This is one of my favorite blogs to read every day so sorry if my comments weren’t helpful. Just looking for a little more from Apple right now.

      • Anonymous

        so agree

      • Anonymous

        Did you know that AMOLED burns into the screen? Look it up, huge issue. I had burn in with my gs2 so I returned it

      • Jon Garrett

        @magicdrumsticks. did you know that iPhone 4S spontaneously catch fire? look it up. I have a GS2 and it has a Super Amoled Plus screen, not Amoled and there’s ZERO problems with it. look it up.

      • Jon Garrett

        Tim,

        your comments were NOT over the top. I made the switch from iOS to Android back in October and like you, Ive enjoyed it very much and don’t miss my iPhone at all.

        the problem with apple users is that if it isn’t apple, they’re not interested–no matter how good it is. they spend all their time jail breaking the iPhone to make it work like an Android so why not just get the phone that does what you want it to do regardless of its brand?

      • Jon Garrett

        superior? really? superior display? NOT, superior sound NOT? superior CAPABILITIES? NOT, superior options? NOT.

        If the iPhone 4S is so superior why is there such a long wish list of features users wish it had? a list of features that sound like 2 dozen Android phones?

        last time I checked 1GB of RAM was superior to 512MB. last time I checked 720p display was superior to 640p.

        here’s a list of iPhone inferiority features I put together a few days ago in response to a post.

        iPhone inferiority complex.

        1. Widgets
        2. live wall papers
        3. side load apps. (install any app you want and from any source you want)
        4. customize the UI
        5. share ANY file type
        6. upload a photo to Facebook from your gallery
        7. make ANY app my default app, I don’t have to use stock apps for anything.
        8. play .flac files plus about 1/2 dozen other types
        9. add content without iTunes
        10. actually play an mp4 file WITHOUT first having to use 3rd party software to convert it first.
        11. browse your phone like any directory on your computer
        12. support drag and drop
        13. play flash
        12. display Google maps in 3D
        13. integrate ANY 3rd part app into the OS. (example; from my gallery, I can share a folder to dropbox I don’t have to be in the dropbox app)
        14. send ANY type of file to another phone
        15. automatically resend a failed text message when you re-acquire a signal. (like when I send a message while I’m on the subway and there’s no service in the tunnels but when I come out and pick up a signal, the message is sent without any additional input from me.)
        16. turn by turn VOICE navigation from within Google maps
        17. display a photo next to your contacts name in the contacts app
        18. MULTITASK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        19. put as many apps as you want into one folder, no folder limitations on Android.
        20. set any page as your home page.

      • Anonymous

        go post about how great(not!) your crapdroid is on cultofandroid. mac, ipad, iphone..all seamlessly work together in the cloud. cant beat that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Carlyon/100000384425704 Cameron Carlyon

        I didn’t read any of that but I did catch you saying that we have a shit screen, well that is not true, in fact the Retina Display is way ahead of any other! Are each pixel invisible to the naked eye on your screen? No. Why are you bitching about the iPhone on an iPhone blog? Please just leave…

      • Anonymous

        appstore, way better than your market. full of viruses and second hand cheap apps. apps and games made for the ios are outstanding compared to android market, or windows. the best graphics and games like infinity blade 1 and 2.

      • Anonymous

        Dude it’s very obvious u NEVER had a iPhone , just to name a couple (without writing a novel) upload photos from gallery to Facebook and add content without iTunes is possible without jailbreak , WHAT ARE U SMOKING.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707582694 Tim McCormick

        I agree with every point here. Apple really needs to step up and make sure they are releasing a product that is utilizing cutting edge hardware and an OS that has all the functionality that it’s rivals are getting praise for.

      • Jon Garrett

        @Mysteroy3K

        Ive had every iPhone from the first to the 4 and sometimes more than one of the same model. unlike you and a lot of other people on here, Ive actually used both devices and I criticize or praise from actual use and not base my opinion on what somebody else wrote.

        @sn0wball

        “my app store” I wish, if you want to use your phone as a toy to play games with then that’s your business. I’m over 21 so and games on my smartphone is NOT a priority for me

        @Cameron Carlyon

        the last time I checked the internet was free AND in America I have the right to voice my opinion you also have the right to disagree but please, at least pretend to be mature.

      • Jon Garrett

        superior? really? superior display? NOT, superior sound NOT? superior CAPABILITIES? NOT, superior options? NOT.

        If the iPhone 4S is so superior why is there such a long wish list of features users wish it had? a list of features that sound like 2 dozen Android phones?

        last time I checked 1GB of RAM was superior to 512MB. last time I checked 720p display was superior to 640p.

  • Anonymous

    he isn’t even part of Apple anymore. I so dislike this guy. he shouldn’t be calling “The Lark Creek Steak House”, he should be calling jenny craig.

  • Anonymous

    Woz……. What a genius….

  • http://twitter.com/rodnmp Rodrigo

    Woz is a very smart guy….

  • Anonymous

    Even if there are issues on the new iPhone i will never sell it over android, i just love this phone same with the iPad.