Cell phone inventor swaps iPhone for Droid

Back in 1973, Martin Cooper created something that would change the world forever--the cell phone. The first cell phone may not have been pocketable, but were it not for Martin Cooper and his brilliant invention, we wouldn't be walking around with phones in our trousers.

This man deserves a lot of respect. His opinion of a phone holds a great deal of weight, and apparently, he's pretty fond of Android. C-SPAN recently had an interview with Cooper where they discussed the wireless spectrum and the politics involved. When asked which cell phone Cooper uses, here was his response:

"It depends when you ask me. I uh, always have the latest cell phone, and I try every cell phone out, only because people like you keep asking me. Right now I'm using the Droid, because I want to get some experience with the Android operating system, and I, so far, have some favorable results. I've had an iPhone, which I gave to my grandson, which he used for three months and then I had to upgrade to a – better version. And I've tried many other phones. For my day to day conversations I actually use the Jitterbug. So I carry two phones – one very simple phone that I can flip open that has a very simple phonebook and nothing else. But when I want to twitter… tweet… then, I use my Droid."

You can watch the entire C-SPAN/Cooper conversation below. The talk about the Droid happens at the 30 minute mark.

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"The first cell phone may not have been pocketable, but were it not for Martin Cooper and his brilliant invention, we wouldn't be walking around with phones in our trousers."

ummm. Wouldn't someone else have come along and invented it? ;)

http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/882732-inventor-of-the-cell-phone-gave-up-his-iphone-for-a-motorola-droid/

this was linked @ 700am this morning :/

Can this guy be a walking testament to the possible long-term effects of cell phone radiation? I don't know his health history, but he's still around.

Fanboyism at its best. This guy basically opened the door to everyone of us. I think him saying that he likes android carries weight, hes clearly an educated engineer, so his opinion is one that should be respected. Its not like they asked the cashier at a supermarket what cell he uses. You guys are special.

At least, this guy (great interview BTW) is not a a fanboi. Look at what he just twittered:

MartyMobile said,
I love my MOT Android but wish it had some features of the iPhone screen. I will revisit iPhone and reportafter working Droid for a month.

http://twitter.com/martymobile

The hell, 32 mins in Youtube. Got to see this.

BTW. It doesn't matter that the cellphone creator agrees or not with the iPhone, people have different taste, and with iPhone OS 4.0 coming in the way, there's going to be a lot to talk about, I mean, Apple may upgrade dramatically its hardware so they can compete with the nice-looking Windows Mobile 7. So let's see what happen.

Jose_49 said,
Apple may upgrade dramatically its hardware so they can compete with the nice-looking Windows Mobile 7. So let's see what happen.

I don't think Apple cares too much with Windows Mobile. It is not a threat. Seriously, everyone I know either has an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry. Apple's real competitor right now is RIM and if they leave Google unchecked, Google will be a major competitor in the near future.

Blackberry is great for business and they won't lose to much of their business to Apple and Google right now.

However, for those of us who want a smartphone (and realistically don't need one), Google is the way to go. Google has seen huge gains in the past four months while Apple is reporting very little growth on the Smartphone market. Google is also available on all four major carriers. Google is also not restrictive like Apple with their app market. Lastly, Google is open source.

I think, if Apple continues its exclusive agreements with AT&T they will have to fear Google as a major competitor by next year's time.

Also, I wanted to add Windows Mobile and Palm have seen a decline in sales in the past few months. I'm not bashing Microsoft to be a hater. I love Microsoft (Only for the OS and Xbox 360. I used to be with Zune but lets face it, they can't compete with the iPod Touch).

Edited by UndergroundWire, Mar 12 2010, 1:38pm :

dimithrak said,
he should try windows phone 7.. he'll be better off :P

I'm sure he will. He's a guy who picked up an Android phone out of sheer curiosity, after all. I'd like to think that means he isn't swayed too much by hype, nor that he's an obsessed FOSS fanboy (coming from an iPhone after all).

Then again, jumping from Apple to open-source is also a habit found in those who aren't pro-choice so much as anti-Microsoft, so he might not.

dimithrak said,
he should try windows phone 7.. he'll be better off :P

I don't think you can classify Windows Mobile 7 (let alone iPhone) as a Smartphone. For God's sake it can't multitask. How Smart can it be?

UndergroundWire said,

I don't think you can classify Windows Mobile 7 (let alone iPhone) as a Smartphone. For God's sake it can't multitask. How Smart can it be?

Actually, the Windows Phone 7 Series can multitask, and true multitasking at that.

Billus said,

Actually, the Windows Phone 7 Series can multitask, and true multitasking at that.

Theoretically it can, but it won't as far as we know for now.

The headding is a little out of context. I don't see how the inventor of the Cell Phone trying out differant phones is news. The infomation about spectrum efficiency was very intresting though.

I think too much is being made from this soundbite. One device suits a person better than the other.

Just because he invented the original cellphone does not make him any more valid an authority on this than the man in the street. Devices have come too far now!

njlouch said,
I think too much is being made from this soundbite. One device suits a person better than the other.

Just because he invented the original cellphone does not make him any more valid an authority on this than the man in the street. Devices have come too far now!


True. But won't you be interested in what Bill Gates will say about a future Windows 15 years from now?

njlouch said,
I think too much is being made from this soundbite. One device suits a person better than the other.

Just because he invented the original cellphone does not make him any more valid an authority on this than the man in the street. Devices have come too far now!

So...I shouldn't base my technological decisions on what's popular in the Arab world just because of the whole mathematics thing? :(

Edited by Joshie, Mar 11 2010, 6:50pm :

njlouch said,
I think too much is being made from this soundbite. One device suits a person better than the other.

Just because he invented the original cellphone does not make him any more valid an authority on this than the man in the street. Devices have come too far now!

Did you even watch the video? It's not like the man invented the cell phone, then sat in his easy chair for 40 years watching golf. He is completely current on not just the cell phone spectrum, but the global RF problem in general! I find it inspiring to see a fellow with so many years under his belt still staying active and changing history. Also, he didn't even say whether he preferred the Droid over the iPhone, he simply mentioned that he used to have an iPhone.