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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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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
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.

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