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Wozniak: Windows Phone trumps Android, carries Apple spirit

updated 10:45 am EDT, Sat April 28, 2012

Steve Wozniak compliments WP7 and Lumia 900

Habitual smartphone experimenter Steve Wozniak in a podcast (embedded below) gave strong compliments to Windows Phone. Having picked up a Lumia 900 weeks earlier, the Apple co-founder still picked the iPhone as his favorite but argued to aNewDomain that Windows Phone was better than any Android phone. It had the "most beautiful" visual experience of any platform, Wozniak said, and its presentation made him feel like he was "with a friend, not a tool."

It was also fast and reliable, he added, although he echoed complaints about the camera.

Following up in the comments, Wozniak suggested half-jokingly that Microsoft had picked up on the spirit of Apple. While he was careful not to imply that Microsoft had copied anything, he wondered if Microsoft hadn't hired an Apple employee to influence the design given its overall emphasis on intuitiveness and design.

"I also surmised that Steve Jobs might have been reincarnated at Microsoft, due to a lot of what I see and feel with this phone making me think of a lot of great Apple things," he added.

In practice, much of the Metro interface in Windows Phone has commonly been attributed to Joe Belfiore, a more than 20-year veteran of Microsoft. The interface was inspired both by its namesake approach to modern urban signs as well as by magazine layouts.

Wozniak is known for wanting to try most mobile platforms and even got a pre-release Galaxy Nexus directly from Google's headquarters in Mountain View. While some have accused him of being 'disloyal' to the company he helped create, he has regularly kept the iPhone as his favorite and expressed appreciation for some features or design tricks that other platforms might do better. [via WPCentral]

by MacNN Staff



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  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wozniak has lost his mind.

    The spirit of Apple? Really? It is underpowered, has oversized "SQUARES" for icons and gaudy colours. It reminds me of Windows 2.x.

    Steve, you have passed your prime. You were smart back in the 1970's and 1980's but it is time for you to stay out of the lime light and enjoy your retirement. You are so out of touch that your opinions are worth even less than the average man on the street.

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wozniak's opinion only matters in so much as it in SUPPORT of Apple. Any opinion -- no matter how minimal -- that does not toe that party line, is an abomination, and the man himself MUST be ridiculed. Only by blowing out other people's candles can ours burn brighter.

  1. sdfalk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    …Your incapable of an objective, honest perspective, then neither one of you should post
    I'm a huge fan of apples work, but even they have made some missteps in interface design lately.
    Lion being one of them.
    You did notice for all the praise he heaped upon the Microsoft phone he did not in any way denigrate
    the iPhone.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wozniak has lost nothing...

    Morons often say stuff that contribute nothing as they contribute nothing. I too would stick with Apple, but Wozniak has been around Apple and its feel and behind the scenes longer than most. Nobody becomes UNsmart except posters who never were smart.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Or you are an Apple fanboy who cannot see anything beyond your Apple-colored glasses. Don't you think that Woz has a better handle on the "spirit of Apple" than you do?

    I have used a Windows phone (Focus) and loved it, but won't give up my iPhone due to the apps I need to use, which aren't available on Windows Phone.

  1. apostle

    Joined: Dec 1969



    To me the Metro interface is a big turn off. It looks like it was designed by Fischer Price and as such, makes the phone look more Ike a toy than a serious piece of technology.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's very valuable to hear Wozniak's impressions and observations, as he brings an interesting, albeit unique, perspective to the table. He's a geek, and an enthusiast, and he has a very honest, very pure opinion of things technical, which I for one, want to hear.

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  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Woz was

    When will this one-trick pony cease to be taken seriously? Mr. irrelevant!

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Woz was

    And you never will be.

  1. Orbifold

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android is vulnerable

    Google's strategy of giving away Linux with unlicensed Java on a phone can't compete with native iOS apps on quality. Now Google is focused on raising the quality of web apps but that's also problematic. Windows has a shot at displacing Android. Especially if Google makes more money from adds on iOS than on Android.

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