So let's see. Google did not instantly replicate Apple's channel, it didn't deliver every document a software write would want immediately, the new phone may just be a Version 1.0 of Google's plans, its employees like good science fiction, and (gasp) it's trying to turn a profit.
I'm shocked, shocked that gambling is going on here. Whom the Gods make mad they first make famous. Not to mention rich and powerful.
We're all accustomed to instant gratification from Google, but there's a difference between delivering a search engine result and a consumer product.
A consumer product has lots of moving parts, many of which are not in the box. Marketing, trademarks, copyright, sales channels. And then, with phones, you have the fact that without a network to run on a cell phone is just a door stop.
It's going to take Google time to get all this right, and I personally wonder whether Andy Rubin, who gave Microsoft the unscaled Danger, is the person who can get all this right.
But I'm willing to wait for the dust to settle. Most people aren't. And that's because of the unrealistic expectations that Google's success in search set for its entry into consumer electronics.
Fact is these are different markets. There is a learning curve involved here. Giving a new market entrant a few weeks or months to get the bugs out of its business strategy is a natural thing, unless that company is Google, in which case all bets are off.
My view is that Google has gone an extraordinary distance with Android in an amazingly short time frame. Symbian and Microsoft are being systematically blown out of the water, Palm is reeling, Apple is on its heels, and hardly anyone has a phone yet, let alone market share.