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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 TakinYourPoints on 10/26/2011 6:23:29 AM , Rating: 1
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Android users are all about the latest hardware if the OS was well tuned you can get much more performance from it. Ask an android user and they ramble about their hardware not what the device is doing for them.
Android users are all about the latest hardware if the OS was well tuned you can get much more performance from it. Ask an android user and they ramble about their hardware not what the device is doing for them.


The irony is that they still get choppier performance than WP7 or iOS even on faster hardware.

The Android OS itself and the ecosystem around it is trash. Hardware specs are irrelevant marketing bulletpoints for neckbeards and spergers to drool over while they blindly accept the inferior practical experience they are getting.

It's as bad as the AMD fanboys who say Bulldozer is great "because more megahurtz!!1!" even though practical performance it is comparable to or slower than an i7 from two years ago.


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