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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: In other words...
By omnicronx on 10/19/2011 4:33:18 PM , Rating: 4
Marketshare does not somehow magically imply ease of use.

I find that for non technical users, Android's main draw is the price.

I'm an Android proponent and don't plan on switching anytime soon, but I would tend to agree with the central points Balmer made.(though he did take it a bit far).

If I were to give a new smartphone user 3 new phones (iPhone,Windows phone, Android device), I would not be at all surprised to see Android ranked lowest based on learning curve and ease of use.

A good example of this is something like default applications. Once you have one set, novice users have absolutely no idea how to switch back. This entire concept of resetting defaults and states is completely beyond most users.

Great OS, and Ice Cream Sandwich will help improve on a lot of things, but in its current state it can be very confusing and is certainly the least user friendly of the three in many cases.

RE: In other words...
By Jeffk464 on 10/19/2011 11:58:37 PM , Rating: 2
Androids main draw is that its a totally open platform and supported by just about every phone manufacturer except apple. You also can't overlook how well it integrates with all of your google services, nope its tough to beat. Sure iphone and WP7 might be better for people with learning disabilities because of their simpler user interface.

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