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Instapaper Developer Tells it Like It Is Regarding Android



Marco Arment is the developer of the very popular App, Instapaper. That App is one that I use all the time for gathering articles that I want to read at a later time on the iPad. He’s very outspoken on his views about iOS, Android and a number of current issues facing developers in the mobile scene.

This morning I read his post The Android Tablet Problem Nicely Summarized by One Review’s Conclusion and I have to say Arment nailed it do the door with this post. I agree with just about all of his thoughts. I had read the Ars Technica review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 last night and was thinking much the same that Arment tosses out in his post. Not only does he talk about the difficulties that Google’s Android strategy has brought upon itself, but he also accurately describes the state of coverage of the world of gadgets these days.

I’m sure Arment will be accused by some of fanboyism, but in my view I think he’s nailed it. Whether you agree or disagree with his points it is worth a read.

Go read it here.



  1. David Daugherty

    06/17/2011 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks guys for finally approaching the no apps until you sell the #’s of your device. One device that does not fit your argument are WebOS devices. I think you can call the Palm phones an utter failure due to their lack of units being sold. If you look at the WebOS AppMarket there are tons of apps in there now.

    HP’s marketing of their devices remains to be seen.

  2. Robin Ashe

    06/21/2011 at 2:04 am

    I think webOS is a bit different thanks to having a very easy development platform. I’m sure MS took notice when they decided to make HTML5 the main platform for Windows 8 (which I’m sure helps them make sure apps work just as well on ARM devices as on Intel). The article also explains at the end why the Eee Pad Transformer is such a success – it offers a new form factor that also happens to be very practical. I think most of Android’s success will probably be thanks to the Transformer, and it had better hope to take off before the Transformer 2 launches for Windows 8 next year.

    • Brad

      10/25/2011 at 6:28 pm

      Marco is clearly an apple fanboy. i have the samsung and love it. I dont want an ipad…dont want to be handcuffed by itunes, no flash, and apple. I did have an ipad free from work but gave it back. But then again, i use an android phone, so the samsung is more natural to me. I do use a macbook, so im not completely against apple. To be sure, apple is a top notch hardware comoany, and now the largest consumer of ic chips in the world. I think their software and closed platform leave a lot on the table, which is why android overtook them in such a short time.

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