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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 sgtdisturbed47 on 10/19/2011 11:16:04 PM , Rating: -1
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Before the iPhone 4S, Android had surpassed Apple in smart phone sales. High end models. So I think we can soundly disprove this argument.


You are mentioning multiple phones by saying "Android", as Android is an OS, not a phone, and there are many Android phone companies, such as HTC, Motorola, LG, etc. Name one smartphone device in particular that beat the iPhone 4 in sales. Not one of those devices, singularly, surpassed the iPhone 4 in sales. Android phone[s] collectively beat iPhone, but that's mass quantity and not phone vs phone. There are many 'droid-based phones, more than I care to count, but there is one iPhone 4, and now one iPhone 4S.

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Apple has the most locked down approach and iOS is probably the worst multitasker on the market. Seriously, it's terrible.


Multitasking on a smartphone is a huge gimmick. What does a phone need to do that requires true multitasking? Edit photos while watching YouTube? Check stocks while playing Angry Birds? Smartphones will likely never see real multitasking, because screen real-estate is just too limited. Even on a 4.5" screen, it would be cumbersome to multitask. Today's "multitasking" on a smartphone consists of putting the currently-running application into a suspended (or partially suspended) state while simultaneously opening a new application. The background application runs at a minimal level (plays audio, finishes a download or upload, acquires location, etc). Now, with iOS, the app is put into an even more "suspended" state than what Android does with its applications, and this is to preserve battery life, prevent instability, and prevent overheating. Having several apps running at once, being fully processed at once, would lead to stability, heat, and battery life issues. Comparing the 2 platforms' multitasking capabilities, exactly how much better is Android multitasking? Marginal at best, and when 'droid is multitasking "better", how well is the battery life and stability?

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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.


Apple is one company. There are many 'droids released throughout the year because there are several companies that make phones on the 'droid platform. Several companies: Pantech, LG, Motorola, HTC, Casio, Samsung, Sony, etc etc. Of the 'droids I have had the opportunity to use, only a small handful can only begin to compare to the smoothness and stability of iPhone 4. Polished and stable? Hand me a 'droid that's polished and stable and I'd take a good look at it, objectively. From the ones I have used, few of them are consistently stable. Even fewer of them never have to have the battery pulled at one time or another, and Android users know what I'm referring to.


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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