For people who consider the words of Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and geek extraordinaire, as law, you might want to know what “the Woz” thinks of Windows Phone devices in comparison to Android phones and the iPhones. Upon announcing to the world via his Twitter account that he has picked up the flagship Nokia Lumia 900 phone, Wozniak apparently had nice things to say about the $99.99 device.
Talking to A New Domain, Wozniak professed his love for the Windows phone and how he’d prefer it over Android phones “just for looks and beauty”. He said it was shocking to see how apps appear on the phone’s screen and how they are “much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone.” Wozniak pins this down to either Microsoft or Nokia making more effort in pushing key app developers to make “specialized beautiful ones or put their own themes on.”
Given that Wozniak owns more than a dozen or so gadgets, which include two iPhone 4S, a Motorola Droid Razr, and a Nokia Lumia 900 that he had with him during the interview, such positive appraisals would be very much welcomed by Microsoft’s camp.
Though Wozniak praised Windows Phone 7 for its superior visual appearance and more attractive operation cues, he made his allegiance to Apple clear by saying in a follow-up comment that the iPhone is still the number one phone in his heart. The blow for Android doesn’t end there, however, as he also wrote that he’d recommend Windows Phone over Android phones because the latter “doesn’t yet have the breadth of apps.” Windows Phone, on the other hand, is complimented for setting the mark for user interface.
Wozniak wrapped up his praise for Windows Phone by stating, in a light-hearted way, that he saw hints of Steve Job’s legacy in Windows Phone, given how intuitive and beautiful the Metro interface is, which isn’t really an accurate assessment since the design can be attributed mostly to Joe Belfiore, a Microsoft veteran of 20 years.
Whether you agree or disagree with “the Woz”, it’s always interesting to hear what the man has to say given his genuine affection for technology. Let us know your thoughts below.
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No one really gives a shit what he thinks anymore.
His opinion on anything stopped being relevant many years ago.
He is still an Apple employee. . . generally speaking, a spokesman for apple, and IMO his goal is to generally stir up discussion against Apple’s biggest competition. However, you have to admit he does it in a way that isn’t very obvious, generally.
Other than that, you are correct. . . he hasn’t really done anything in Tech since the Apple II.
seeing that every single tech site has this similar article and every time he makes a comment it gets published on pretty much every single tech site means you are completely wrong and just a fanboy when someone criticize something you like.
Its not about being a fan boy, the guy is just an attention seeker.
He is like a Z list celebrity that is no longer relevant and is just seeking any press he can get nowadays.
He will appear on I’m a celebrity get me out of here or similar show for people desperate to get back in the public eye.
Why do you think he queues for new phones, just cause he knows the press is going to be there!
Total attention seeker, why do you think he has a Segway.
ICS fixes alot but still missing some ease of use for none tech folk. I still love android and find that iOS and WP7 are boring. i get that they keep it more simple but it just way to plain for my taste. But i can see where he is coming from.
I don’t see where the “beauty” is in a windows phone. The UI is really…boring. It really seems like not much effort was put into designing the tiles, talking about the tiles that just look like white cutouts.
The start screen does somehow look like its designed for the visually impaired, (and in a way I do think it looks modernish and nice) but then past this shell its just buiness as usual anyways. Its like puting lipstick on a pig but forgoing the wig allthesame. :p
everytime i look at that windows phone, all i see is blurred, low res screen, and thats not just the picture, i’ve tested them in carrier stores. i’m not impressed, i like the fluidity and fully customizable approach of android and have become such a huge fanboy it’s almost ridiculous.
your experience with win phone is limited to testing in stores and you feel qualified to review it? i am a user and i can do better than you.
I have said before and I will say it again: when MS does a real release of WM8 along with decent phones, people will leave Android in droves. MS doesnt care now since they get a cut from 70% of all phones in the US. So what’s the hurry?
Remember, most iphone users like the ultra simplicity of iOS. For them, Metro is a bit more dazzling. Hence, Woz’s remarks.
I would estimate 1/3 of Android users like the function over form kind of UI we currently see. But that would leave 2/3 of Android users who want more form over function. They can’t go all the way to iOS as it is too much form, with so little function. But for them Metro will fill the gap beautifully.
i agree… windows 8 is going to change mobile computing. once it launches, Mac OS will no longer be the only true cross platform OS.
come on guys show a little respect… regardless of whether or not you agree with his opinion, he is one of the fathers of modern computing… its true that he hasnt done anything since the early late 80′s, early 90′s, but everything you play, search, surf, or type on has stemmed from what he helped create. is he a celebrity? No… But he is def a iconic figure in the computer industry. what have all you haters done for personal computing that makes you all feel entitled enough to sh*t all over him?
people dont care what you like or dont. neither they wanna know ur openion. but one thing i m sure abt this statement is, it proves that apple is far behind then android. and they have gave up now.!!