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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer argues that he'd rather have Windows Phone handsets be like Apple's iPhone than like Android phones.  (Source: Telegraph)
"You ... need to be a computer scientist to use... an Android phone" -- Steve Ballmer

Is Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android to complicated for the public?

The tens of millions of smartphones it is unloading on the U.S. market and its dominant market share lead would seem to suggest otherwise.  But that didn't stop Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) boisterous chief executive, Steve Ballmer, from sharing his thoughts with whoever would listen.

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, California, he told reporters, "You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use an Android phone…It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.

Mr. Ballmer had kinder words for Apple, Inc. (AAPL), with which it hopes to via for second place in the market.  Mr. Ballmer revealed he's a fan of Siri, the "humble personal assistant" found in the iPhone 4S.  He comments, "Apple is a good competitor, but a different one.  Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically…"

"But when you grab a Windows phone and use it… your information is front and centre… and you don’t have to scroll through seas of icons and blah blah blah.  A Windows phone gets things done."

The one thing it can't seem to get done is generating market share.  Despite a promising Mango update, Microsoft remains a distant fourth place in the platform wars behind Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM), Apple, and Google.

Despite his love for the iPhone, Mr. Ballmer says that Microsoft won't opt to follow in its footsteps and release first-party hardware.  He comments, "We are [only] focused on enabling hardware innovation…We have been very successful enabling hardware innovation and will continue to do so."

Source: Telegraph



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Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Arsynic on 10/19/2011 12:00:10 PM , Rating: 3
Android is the Linux of smartphone OSes. ICS is an improvement, but Android is ugly, complicated and has severe performance issues. It's a shame when you have to do the phone equivalent of Ctrl+Alt+Del to kill processes that hang the OS.

People have different expectations of phones than they do of computers. Phones are just supposed to work. Although smartphones are more "communicators" than telephones, people see them as phones first. This is where I like MS and Apple's OS model. You give users and developers too much control and you end up with a segmented and buggy mess.




RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By TakinYourPoints on 10/19/11, Rating: 0
RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Reclaimer77 on 10/19/2011 1:05:48 PM , Rating: 5
I don't know how you can make such eloquent over-generalizations about Androids problems while also being completely ignorant to the overwhelming popularity of the OS and device adoption. If even half of what you said was the majority end-user experience, there's just no way Android would have the market share it does.

Apple had the easiest road. They simply ported the iPod touch OS to their phone, made a few changes, and bingo.
Android has minor issues, at best. Which will be fixed as the OS is improved on. ICS is a pretty good start I would say.

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The problem is that Microsoft's marketing push has paled in comparison to Android being marketed hard by every single carrier and handset manufacturer out there.


That's because Microsoft wouldn't put their OS on phones people actually wanted to buy for the longest time! It also didn't help that Windows Mobile was such a huge failure, and people still associate that with any "Windows" phone. Don't blame the carriers, blame their Apple-esque walled garden approach. The carriers are in business to sell phones and lock you into a plan for two years, not to push a particular OS over another.

Also Android fills an important market segment that Apple and Microsoft apparently care nothing for. The non-smartphone mobile phone segment. Believe it or not, there's lots of people out there who just want a basic phone to make calls and text on and very little else.

Balmer is only saying this because Google is their biggest threat right now. In the next few years we're going to be witnessing a tech-provider showdown of historic proportions as Google and MS bash horns. Apple sells devices and makes lots of money, but so what? They leverage no widely used services like Google, Gmail and YouTube which can be leveraged through Android. They aren't as diversified. Their entire revenue stream depends on consumer devices and iTunes/App store.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Reclaimer77 on 10/19/2011 1:09:20 PM , Rating: 5
p.s. I just find it ironic, and almost hypocritical, of Balmer to pull the "you need to be a computer scientist" tactic out of his pocket. Given their reaction to Apple using the same ignorant approach in the "Mac vs PC" add campaign. Just like Windows, the market is proving that everyone isn't a drooling mouthbreather, and they can "work" Android just fine.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By jiffylube1000 on 10/19/2011 5:17:25 PM , Rating: 2
Me too. Android certainly isn't more difficult to work than Windows. It's lines like these that are the reason why I dislike Balmer. He's just such a raging hypocrite.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By maven81 on 10/19/2011 1:42:46 PM , Rating: 3
"Apple had the easiest road. They simply ported the iPod touch OS to their phone, made a few changes, and bingo."

I hate to be defending apple here, but you do realize the iPod touch came after the iPhone right? Many months in fact, if I remember correctly.
What gets me is not this... it's that I recall them revealing at some point that the iPad project is what was started first, but then they realized the kind of demand they could generate with the phone and switched gears. If true, this makes all the talk about "innovation" laughable as the iPhone was basically a beta test for the iPad. Yet you'll see even documentaries on jobs claim that the iPad was a brilliant followup. Amazing really.

Anyway, getting back on topic... Microsoft is failing because they don't have enough hardware. I really, really want to play with a windows phone, but my carrier sprint had ONE windows phone that I could play with. Compared to something like 20 android models. You hear that microsoft? You want me to buy it, make sure the phones are out there!


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By cjohnson2136 on 10/19/2011 1:44:41 PM , Rating: 2
Actually you should try the HTC arrive. I really liked and would still have it if not for having to cut back expenses and traded down to a dumb phone.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By maven81 on 10/19/2011 1:58:14 PM , Rating: 2
It looks great to me! I just wish it had a slightly bigger screen. 4" would be just about perfect.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Chadder007 on 10/19/2011 4:42:37 PM , Rating: 2
Thats what Ive been waiting for also. Something with a 4-4.5 inch screen.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By The Raven on 10/19/2011 3:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
if not for having to cut back expenses and traded down to a dumb phone.
Where you at? Boost mobile. I just cut expenses myself and we just got a Samsung Galaxy Exclaim upgraded from a 'dumb' phone on Sprint. It is severely limited but much better than a 'dumb' phone.

How was that a savings? Well I am spinning it pretty good, but we had 2 phones on a $60/mo family plan (but averaged $80 due to overages). We cut it down to one smartphone and unlimited phone/data/text on Boost for $50/mo (which will shrink down to $35/mo after 18 months BTW).

Anyway I just like to tell people about it because I had no idea about prepaids and always thought they were just for people who can't pay bills lol.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By cjohnson2136 on 10/19/2011 4:11:19 PM , Rating: 2
I looked into Boost but I could find it being offered in my area. I went from Verizon to Sprint and that helped lower and then we dropped our data plan which helped lower it a little more.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Arsynic on 10/19/11, Rating: 0
RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By omnicronx on 10/19/2011 4:42:19 PM , Rating: 2
Lies, iOS freezes all the time..

Would tend to agree about the Android pricepoint though..


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Reclaimer77 on 10/19/2011 5:02:01 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
How many Android users do you think are getting 100% out of their phones?


Hell how many people get 100% from their smart phones in general? Very few, on ANY platform. These things are basically PC's and most people talk, surf the web, and text and that's IT. What kind of argument is that anyway?

quote:
People have simply chosen Android because it was the cheaper alternative.


Before the iPhone 4S, Android had surpassed Apple in smart phone sales. High end models. So I think we can soundly disprove this argument.

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I'm just speaking from experience which has been echoed by others. I never had to reboot my iPhone. I never had to kill a process that locked up my phone.


Good for you! Don't you think you're being a little myopic here? I've never had to reboot my Galaxy S2 yet either, so I guess that cancels your experience out.

You've never had to do those things because Apple has the most locked down approach and iOS is probably the worst multitasker on the market. Seriously, it's terrible. If that's a tradeoff you're happy to make, great. This has been debated ad nausea, it's easier to have a more unified experience when you totally lock everything and everyone down.

Apple cranks a single phone model out like once every 15 months, I mean holy crap, let's get real here. Anyone taking that long on something should release a polished and stable product. You guys act like they deserve a medal for this.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By sgtdisturbed47 on 10/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2011 8:03:18 PM , Rating: 1
A well thought out and reasoned post with -1 votes. Nope, the fanboys don't rule the asylum here at all.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By jiffylube1000 on 10/19/2011 5:19:28 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah giving customers choice is a real drag.

Also, it's a bit misleading to compare "$200" Apple iPhones to "$0" Android phones, considering that you need to sign on to 2 or 3 year contracts to get those phones. When you drop the subsidies we're really talking about $300/$400 phones vs. $600 phones.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2011 8:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't know how you can make such eloquent over-generalizations about Androids problems while also being completely ignorant to the overwhelming popularity of the OS and device adoption.


Popularity and quality do not automatically go hand in hand, if that was the case then Britney Spears should be automatically considered one of the greatest musicians in history.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Jeffk464 on 10/19/2011 7:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
News story should say Steve Ballmer rips android because he is pissed off windows phone can't gain any market share against it.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By TakinYourPoints on 10/26/2011 6:18:33 AM , Rating: 2
WP7 is a far superior platform than Android. Logically speaking it should be doing well, but carriers and hardware manufacturer market Android like crazy because they make more profit on them than iOS or WP7, and they put it on cheap hardware to move as many units as possible.

Just because it's popular doesn't mean it's good. It is among the worst of the mobile options out there at the moment (worst would go to Blackberry's touch OS).


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By rocketbuddha on 10/19/2011 12:37:39 PM , Rating: 2
Before Win 7, Windows Mobile phones had a "RESET" switch to restart the phone. I have a aging Win 6.3 Mobile fone and when I call for any support the first qn they suggest is
a) Sir, have u pressed the RESET button and are u still having the issue.
LOL!

All Stevie needs Android for is to have a reason to extort Android manufacturers with licensing (undisclosed) fees and force Windows 7 licensing.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Mitch101 on 10/19/2011 12:58:25 PM , Rating: 1
I have never had to reset my Windows Phone 7. Not once in the past year and Im not the only one. It has never crashed or hung. No mystery select icon and nothing happens.

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is the most stable mobile phone OS
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phones/microsofts-w...

Windows Phone 7
Zero! That is how many times I have seen a reset on ANY Windows Phone 7 device that I have been using in over a year. During that time I have used at least six WP7 devices on all four wireless carriers.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By B3an on 10/19/2011 2:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
He was talking about Windows MOBILE, not WP7. I agree that WP7 is the most stable (and most polished) OS out there. But Win Mobile was the total opposites. It's actually an amazing turnaround for MS.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Arsynic on 10/19/2011 4:43:26 PM , Rating: 1
Win Mobile was horrible. My wife owned a Samsung Omnia and it was garbage. She had to RESET (not reboot, RESET) her phone monthly. It was just a mini PC. People don't want a mini PC they want a smartphone.

WinMobile was so bad that even MS had to reboot...the whole fucking platform.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By priusone on 10/19/2011 2:19:49 PM , Rating: 1
So true. I used to have to reset my Windows 98 quite a bit, but Windows (non mobile) 7, well, it only needs reset after some security patches.

A valid complaint would be WMP; why is it that other media players pause and play with the well hidden Space Bar, yet unless you dig through the menus, it's Ctrl-P on WMP? It doesn't bug me, personally, but it drives my non-tech friends nuts. Sure, Ballmer can complain about Android, but perhaps he could do something more constructive, like find out an easier way to pause a video. And before anyone comes to Microsofts defense, I know what the Space Bar does in WMP.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By sprockkets on 10/19/2011 3:37:33 PM , Rating: 3
I've never had to reset my android phone either. What does my experience and the article's author experience mean?

That anecdotal evidence means NOTHING .


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Red Storm on 10/19/2011 12:49:19 PM , Rating: 4
But if that were true Android would be dead last in marketshare...

I've used all 3 OSes, and I stick with Android because I am in control of how information is presented to me. WP7 was nice at first, and then that 1-2 second animation with the tiles falling away really got on my nerves because I had to see it every single time I wanted to do anything with the phone.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By NellyFromMA on 10/19/2011 1:41:23 PM , Rating: 1
That's not true. Look at Windows. It was actualyl originally designed FOR scientists and the like really, not general consumers. Some argue it still isn't refined enough, not that I agree on that though.

Still, it has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future the worlds most used desktop and server OS.

What happens, though, is eventually it runs like crap and then gets slow and buggy, which leads to disdain and ultimately losing market share.

Sound familiar? It should.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Red Storm on 10/19/2011 1:51:21 PM , Rating: 3
Except that Android isn't losing marketshare, it is gaining more each time we take a look. That puts any argument that consumers don't like Android to shame.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By NellyFromMA on 10/21/2011 2:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
Android is still in its infancy. How long was Windows around before it started feeling the raimfication of its design choices.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By StanO360 on 10/19/2011 2:55:21 PM , Rating: 3
Ok, that is just silly "designed for scientists"? Ok, this is how it works. You had DOS, people started building front ends for it (including Apple). There were lots of task managers, including ones with window type functions.

Microsoft developed Excel and Word for Macs (the only fully windowed platform though not multi-tasking) they were the complete underdogs in a Word Perfect/Lotus world. They created Windows to bring a more flexible face to DOS and bring the graphic versions of those programs to the DOS world. Not for scientists, but everyone. And the succeeded with Windows, and the whole Office suite.

It will continue to dominate, because it's flexible, compatible, easy to program for, and easy enough for most people.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By NellyFromMA on 10/21/2011 2:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
Look it up before going spastic. It was designed ORIGINALLY for scientists, mathmaticians the like.

And try not to cry so much, I'm pro-Windows. I'm just telling it like it is. You dont have to see it.


By Shining Arcanine on 10/22/2011 2:45:52 PM , Rating: 2
Windows was designed as a replacement for OS/2, which was designed by IBM for businesses. The idea that Windows was designed for scientists is wrong.

Scientists in the physical sciences used UNIX and FORTRAN until Linux managed to replace in the top 500. They still use FORTRAN to this day, a language for which Microsoft has dropped support. Computer scientists used BSD and then more recently Linux. Windows managed to get something of a foothold with some people who had it come preinstalled on their systems and were either theorists (i.e. they didn't care) or don't care as long as it lets them do office work, but that is about it.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Mitch101 on 10/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Iaiken on 10/19/2011 1:32:59 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
They need to stabilize Android it crashes way too much.


Really? Because I have seven Android phones for and testing that I use all the time. Even the LG EVE (the cheapest/slowest/crappiest of them) has been running non-stop for 2 years now without crashing once. In fact, I don't even remember the last time one of my phones crashed when I wasn't deliberately trying to crash it.

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It seems if you own Android based device OS support for that device is dead in about a year.


Depends on the manufacturer. I'll concede that LG and lower-tier Sony Xperia devices are trapped on 1.6 & 2.1 because of lack of, but all of my other phones OS's have been updated numerous times. Some have even gone from 1.5 to 2.3 over their lifetimes. Even then, if you do your research you can get trapped behind slow support cycles like with Motorola.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By NellyFromMA on 10/19/2011 1:46:23 PM , Rating: 3
Im pretty sure the majority of Android users don't REALLY care about the latest and greatest anything. They have filled a void they never knew they had, which is "more internet consumption pls" and frankly, the way the phone appears on the outside is probably more important to them than anything else about it really.

I'm not saying there isn't a group of people who are all about the latest and greatest mobile specs, but I doubt it's even 1/3 of the Android market share.

Most people bought it due to recommendation from either a sales person and/or word of mouth or watching a tv ad.

True story.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By StanO360 on 10/19/2011 2:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
I have a cheap Android phone, and it's fine. Someone else nailed iOS, the AOL of phones. They will harvest the good ideas from WP7 and Android and call them new names.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By mcnabney on 10/19/2011 2:28:06 PM , Rating: 2
First, WP7 devices are still only available with ancient (1 year old) hardware because Microsoft appears to be incapable of managing their ecosystem. They are doing all of the lame micromanaging that Apple does, except they aren't Apple.

Second, Balmer should shut his pie hole about Android. Unlike WP7, Microsoft has actually made some money off of Android. So far, MS hasn't made a nickel off of the phones that are out there (due to manufacture incentives), plus they are out a few billion for development costs, several hundred millions in ads, and a cool billion for the bribe to Nokia.

Third, the world could do with a little less Microsoft. They screwed their consumers as hard as they could with Windows Mobile and now that they see the tablet/phone might soon be REPLACING the desktop they are trying to make nice. Sorry Microsoft. You can't just write checks until you are market leader.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By cjohnson2136 on 10/19/2011 2:30:04 PM , Rating: 1
Apple fanboi SHUT UP. It is so irritating seeing your post also bashing anything that's not Apple.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By mcnabney on 10/20/2011 9:15:40 AM , Rating: 2
Apple fanboi? The last Apple product I owned was a 2e (still works, wow). I hate Apple as much as Microsoft. They both horribly warp the industry.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By TakinYourPoints on 10/26/2011 6:23:29 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Android users are all about the latest hardware if the OS was well tuned you can get much more performance from it. Ask an android user and they ramble about their hardware not what the device is doing for them.
Android users are all about the latest hardware if the OS was well tuned you can get much more performance from it. Ask an android user and they ramble about their hardware not what the device is doing for them.


The irony is that they still get choppier performance than WP7 or iOS even on faster hardware.

The Android OS itself and the ecosystem around it is trash. Hardware specs are irrelevant marketing bulletpoints for neckbeards and spergers to drool over while they blindly accept the inferior practical experience they are getting.

It's as bad as the AMD fanboys who say Bulldozer is great "because more megahurtz!!1!" even though practical performance it is comparable to or slower than an i7 from two years ago.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By retrospooty on 10/19/2011 12:56:49 PM , Rating: 5
"Android is the Linux of smartphone OSes. ICS is an improvement, but Android is ugly, complicated and has severe performance issues. It's a shame when you have to do the phone equivalent of Ctrl+Alt+Del to kill processes that hang the OS.

People have different expectations of phones than they do of computers. Phones are just supposed to work."


And its the highest seller, outselling IOS by 5/2 and RIM by 10/1 because of of what now?

Its not complicated to use. Its icon driven just like all other OS's. Point and click has become point and touch, but its not any different.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By gwidionx on 10/19/2011 1:33:34 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
And its the highest seller, outselling IOS by 5/2 and RIM by 10/1 because of of what now?


Uh, maybe because there are like hundreds of Android devices on the market in all price ranges on all carriers?


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By gladiatorua on 10/19/2011 2:36:38 PM , Rating: 2
EXACTLY!
You can choose.
Or you can go to Apple and choose iPhone or iPhone... or maybe iPhone? Oh... and now there is white and fat one that doesn't fit into some cases. OFFICIAL APPLE APPROVED CASES.
WP7 might be great, but too little too late.
You don't have a choice between sexy Droid RAZR and newest and most supported Galaxy Nexus. You just have an iPhone. Year after year. With minor upgrades and WTF-stunts like pulling Siri from market and people who used it for a long time and restricting it to new shiny money-shreder.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Jeffk464 on 10/20/2011 12:11:34 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, totally agree. MS had to beat google to the market with a decent phone OS before android got to much traction. They brought their product to the market late and now have a big time uphill battle.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By augiem on 10/20/2011 2:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone seems to forget that smart phones have not reached saturation. 151.8 million Americans use non-smartphones according to below.

"For the three month average period ending in July, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices."
"82.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in July 2011, up 10 percent from the preceding three month period."
Source: http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Release...

151 million people is a huge untapped market. Nokia and Windows 7 don't HAVE to get ALL their users by luring away existing customers from Google and Apple. There are still plenty of us out there who don't own smartphones.

There is still massive growth going on in the smartphone sector and it will likely not stop until smartphones replace feature phones entirely (once the tech is cheap enough). And those figures are US only. If I'm not wrong, world-wide that gap is even larger.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By retrospooty on 10/19/2011 2:58:06 PM , Rating: 4
"Uh, maybe because there are like hundreds of Android devices on the market in all price ranges on all carriers?"

You say that like its a bad thing. Its not only a good thing, its a GREAT thing!. Variety, Apple should try it. Even poopy RIM has some variety, although they could use more. I would like to see a smaller iphone, as well as a larger one, and maybe even one with removable battery and a qwerty keyboard.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By adiposity on 10/19/2011 3:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
It is a good thing, however, that doesn't make the OS good. It just means if you have a lot of options, you will get more marketshare.

Personally I do think android is superior in many ways to other OSes, but it does lag IOS and Phone7 in performance.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By gwidionx on 10/19/2011 3:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't mean for it to sound like that, more like an obvious statement. The sheer number of devices and variety of price alone is enough IMO to propel Android to #1 and kind of reduces any negative impact the perceived more complex interface may have had. Choice and variety is a good thing. I wish WebOS could have been offered on 3rd party devices like Android. Then we'd have another hardware agnostic choice, which would have been great.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By retrospooty on 10/20/2011 9:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
"I wish WebOS could have been offered on 3rd party devices like Android"

Me too... That was my ideal phone. Droid3 hardware with WebOS on it. Too bad about Palm.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By gwidionx on 10/19/2011 1:33:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And its the highest seller, outselling IOS by 5/2 and RIM by 10/1 because of of what now?


Uh, maybe because there are like hundreds of Android devices on the market in all price ranges on all carriers?


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By seamonkey79 on 10/19/2011 1:56:34 PM , Rating: 3
I can't believe that it's actually more difficult to use. My sister got her Droid 3 yesterday evening and after spending 20 minutes with it was already doing more with it and knew more about HOW to do things with it than my other sister and our mom know about their iPhone 4s that they've each had for a couple of months now.

In some ways, iOS is simpler, but part of that simplicity is an inability to do some things one would imagine should be easily doable. Having tried to navigate iOS when they ask me how to do something (they ask because I've had a smartphone for over a year now, so they're all the same, right?) Android is far easier to figure out, even if there is a list of 12 'settings' options instead of just 5... I can look at each of them and say "this should be here" and there it is, rather than iOS where I have to hope that the option exists, and then go find it in the generic 'settings' options.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By retrospooty on 10/19/2011 3:45:29 PM , Rating: 2
exactly... My 7 year old daughter is all over my Droid3 and has no problems at all monpolizing it from me.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/19/2011 1:17:26 PM , Rating: 2
My droid x "just works"


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Kaldor on 10/19/2011 2:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
My droid x "just works"


Same here. Fantastically well built and stable phone for something that has been around for quite awhile now. Battery lasts easily a day with normal use. Great reception as well.

Makes my wifes Galaxy S look like a POS. Battery dies after 5-6 hours, and the reception is horrible. I blame the stability issues with her Galaxy S not so much on Android, but the s____y interface they added to it that seems to bog it down.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Pirks on 10/19/2011 5:29:22 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
This is where I like MS and Apple's OS model.
RIM and Apple model you wanted to say. Just fixing your mistake. MS does not make hardware unlike RIM and Apple so don't expect such polished experience as with RIM or Apple.


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