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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 Reclaimer77 on 10/19/2011 5:02:01 PM , Rating: 5
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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?

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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.


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