The Google executive chairman, Eric Schmidt told Bloomberg that their fierce rivalry with Apple has “benefited billions of global consumers.”

In my opinion, saying that their rivalry has benefited the global consumer is like saying that the rivalry between the democrats and the republicans has benefited the American voter.

Why? Because in both cases there is only the illusion of choice.

And an $800 smartphone with a 2 year lifespan is an extremely poor value proposition no matter which brand’s name is on it.