Microsoft's Ballmer Ribs Android, Praises "Beautiful" iPhone
October 19, 2011 11:38 AM
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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.
"You ... need to be a computer scientist to use... an Android phone" -- Steve Ballmer
Is Google Inc.'s (
) Android to complicated for the public?
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 (
) boisterous chief executive, Steve Ballmer, from sharing his thoughts with whoever would listen.
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, California, he
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. (
), 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. (
), 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."
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Android is okay...
10/20/2011 6:44:59 AM
Android is okay...But the experience isnt as positive as IOS. and i HATE apple and advise everyone against it.
I had a zte blade custom flashed, i used to have issues with GPS and also random freezes that required taking the battery out. It was a custom rom though so its to be expected, i guess...Now i have a galaxy s2 with custom rom and it does everything just fine.
But the apps arent as nice and rounded as the apple version...ESPN goals for example seems to have a lower resolution for Android than it does for the iphone version.
Other apps, such as Google skymap arent as nice or as polished as the apple equivalent.
It seems to me that Android needs to be brute forced by simply throwing the highest spec dual core CPU and GPU to make it run well. Thus lower spec android phones are annoying to use and dont give a full experience. And then even when you do have the hardware, the apps/software isnt quite as good as the iOS version...
I like my S2 though it gives me the freedom to do what i want with it, i just put up with the issues i outlined above.
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