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Friday Night Fightclub -- There's Only 1 Winner

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July 31, 2009 – Comments (12) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , GOOGL

This might be the most important blog post you read all weekend. Or not.

Folks and Fools, we're trying a new series on our blog and we need you to chime in. We're bringing two big names to the ring, and asking you to pick the winner. Welcome to Friday Night Fightclub.  

Round 1: If you had to bet your entire retirement (but really, don't do that) on one of the following companies, which would it be:

The mighty Apple, with shiny products like the iPhone, iPod, and iEverything.

 

Or Google, the one that can search for anything while serving up videos of cats playing piano and pandas sneezing?

Please lock in your votes below.

Leave us comments, too. Have a great weekend and Fool on!

 

12 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 31, 2009 at 5:48 PM, TMFEditorsDesk (< 20) wrote:

The above post was from me. And fight club should be two words.

-- Katrina (TMF Toast), who owns shares of Apple...but is withholding her vote until she reveals the winner.

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#2) On July 31, 2009 at 6:01 PM, selfdestruct2 (33.40) wrote:

Why did I sell Google and Apple about a month ago ? Because I am a bumbass

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#3) On July 31, 2009 at 6:02 PM, selfdestruct2 (33.40) wrote:

Dumbass

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#4) On July 31, 2009 at 6:06 PM, devoish (97.09) wrote:

Google.

First round knockout. They know what we are thinking.

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#5) On July 31, 2009 at 6:16 PM, beatnik11 (< 20) wrote:

I really like both companies but I have to hand the win to google, they have quite a bright future

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#6) On July 31, 2009 at 6:28 PM, TMFRhino (98.24) wrote:

I love Apple's products, but I think Google's advantage in search engines is more durable, if I had to buy one of the two and hold it for my retirement.

So, chalk me up to the Goolge column.

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#7) On July 31, 2009 at 6:49 PM, TMFLomax (45.00) wrote:

Oh I like Friday Night Fight Club. I'd vote for Apple. They are both very impressive companies in many ways, but I've never thought Google's moat was all that deep. And judging by the kind of ads they're serving me in Gmail, I wonder if they've lost the plot, at least in one of their many ancillary products that don't seem to do much for them... (That's an anecdotal kvetch, but I'd assume that's OK for Friday Night Fight Club... seriously, it's been bugging the heck out of me. Most of what I'm seeing in my sponsored links in gmail is garbage.)

 

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#8) On July 31, 2009 at 7:47 PM, awallejr (79.57) wrote:

I have to say Google simply because they have less competition.  But Apple is no lightweight.  Good match up.

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#9) On July 31, 2009 at 8:17 PM, ChrisGraley (29.88) wrote:

Google has a wider moat

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#10) On July 31, 2009 at 10:14 PM, TMFJake (44.10) wrote:

Google. 

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#11) On August 03, 2009 at 10:51 AM, TMFPhillyDot (37.02) wrote:

I have to go with Google. Any company whose name has become a common verb wins me over.

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#12) On August 06, 2009 at 8:55 PM, JakilaTheHun (99.94) wrote:

Google. 

Apple is too dependent on Steve Jobs.  I believe there are also a lot more risks related to their product lines.  Mac computers might be at the height of their popularity now, but competition Windows-based PCs (with the launch of Windows 7) may start to take over some of their market share again.  Not only that, but Linux-based PCs are still growing in numbers. 

I see netbooks as a significant threat to a lot of the PC makers (not just Apple) and Apple has the highest margins (which is good in a sense, but also means the most room to fall).  

The iPod and the iPhone have both been huge for Apple, but the  consumer electronics industry evolves very quickly and you can be on top of the world one year and in the gutter three years later. 

 

While Yahoo/Microsoft are trying to move in on Google's turf, I still think Google has a sizable moat.  Yahoo/Microsoft may be able to chip into Google's market share, but Google is not going away as the search leader any time soon.  

Google also has a unique ability to put its foot in just about anything it wants to.  Some of their projects will fail and some will succeed, but the bigger think is that they are such a commanding market presence, that they can jump into anything they like.  

Another advantage for Google - decentralization.  When you think about Apple's success, a lot of it is credited to Steve Jobs.  Whereas, Google's success is often attributed to an entire business model based around empowering their employees and attracting the best talent.  That's a much more sustainable long-term business model.  

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