Earlier this year, I switched from an HTC Evo 4g to an iPhone 4gs. I liked the Evo but I like to mix things up now and again to get a fresh perspective. While the iPhone has the fit and finish of fine watch, I’m finding the Android hardware consistently aspires to no more than a universal remote. I was also frustrated by the time I spent pruning processes when my Evo ran out of resources. I was pleased that with the IPhone this didn’t seem necessary. I think this performance and stability went hand in hand with the lack of interoperability between apps. I missed my Android intentions which let me move data between apps. I also missed the tight integration with my google accounts in particular my ability to get turn by turn directions to saved contacts. For these reasons, I’m considering a switch back to Android. I heard good things about the Samsung Galaxy S III including talk of a higher resolution display than the iPhone. I got a chance to play with a test model (see photos). The screen resolution is tight, but the camera display is jumpy compared to the iPhone and camera images are more contrasty. The iPhone camera retains much more detail in highlights and shadows. Image quality is high on my list and ill likely stick with Apple for now for this reason alone. Also I’m insulted by the soulless plastic hardware all but Apple standardize on.
But by refusing to charge for your product, you’re only delaying the inevitable. At some point, you’ll need to confront reality, and the more you delay it, the worse the outcome.
So rip off the band-aid. Get out of beta. Ask for money. Now.
This is why I think App.net is so important. App.net is the cure to fear of money.
It’s an early beta. It’s minimal and incomplete. And it has done over $500,000 in sales in just a few weeks, because the founder got the fear of money out of his system and had the guts to get a product out to market and sell.
People will pay for a beta product, if you make something people want. And the easiest way to see if you’re making something people want is to test if they’re willing to pay for it.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.