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Apple co-founder Wozniak has a soft spot for Google's Nexus One

January 19, 2010 |  3:23 pm

Celebs and technophiles alike had to wait in line to get their hands on the first iPhone in 2007. Steve Wozniak, the other famous Steve who helped Steve Jobs launch Apple, was no exception. Wozniak, or "Woz" as he is known in Silicon Valley, could have waited for Jobs to send him one, but his anticipation got the better of him.

Wozniak Turns out Wozniak didn't have to wait for Google's new Nexus One phone. Google exec Andy Rubin, a longtime friend, gave him one. And that's how Google got an unexpected plug.

"I was impressed right away," Wozniak said.

The Apple co-founder praising Google's bold gambit to compete with Apple got the blogs buzzing. Wozniak first confessed his feelings to a local NBC affiliate a few weeks ago. Asked what his current favorite gadget is, Wozniak told host Jessica Aguirre: "The latest one. It's a non-Apple product. It's one that just came out yesterday."

So Wozniak had to quickly clarify that he had not bolted from the iPhone. He, in fact, carries two at all times. The self-proclaimed gadget freak says he fields so many questions about mobile phones that he tests them all, even the BlackBerry, which he made his primary phone for four months just to learn what a BlackBerry user "knows and does and uses." He estimates that he has owned about 100 mobile phones over the last two decades.

"I've got six phones on me right now," he said. "Of the six, three are very good phones: the iPhone, the [Motorola] Droid and the Nexus One."

Much as he likes the Nexus One, Wozniak says he will like it a whole lot better on Verizon. And if he were to find himself stranded on a desert island, or say the set of "Dancing with the Stars," he would want to have his iPhone with him.

"Maybe because I am so used to it," he said.

As for the rumored tablet that Apple is slated to announce next week?

"Obviously I am going to buy it and experience it to see if it fits into my life. Do I need it in between my laptop and my iPhone? It would have to be very special and probably only Apple can do it."

-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Apple's Steve Jobs onstage at Macworld in 2006 in front of an old photo of himself and co-founder Steve Wozniak. Credit: Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times

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