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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 Arsynic on 10/19/2011 4:38:51 PM , Rating: 0
Yes Android sells well. It's main competitor's phone sells from $200 up while you can get some Android phones for free. Android has benefited from being the cheaper alternative to the iPhone which just recently became available to other carriers.

So using the sales argument as a rebuttal isn't the road I think you want to travel down, my friend. People have simply chosen Android because it was the cheaper alternative. The other people buying the high-end phones are most likely geeks like us who like to root and mod their phones. I know that's why my wife got her Droid 2 (which she hates). It was only $99.

How many Android users do you think are getting 100% out of their phones? I upgraded my wife's Droid 2 to Gingerbread and had to show her how to group applications which I figured out immediately. On the iPhone you can group applications BY ACCIDENT.

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.

I'm no iDrone. I inherited my phone from the previous admin. I'm upgrading to WP7 the first chance I get.


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.

quote:
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.


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