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Steve Ballmer hits back at Android and praises the iPhone

Google's User Experience Director for Android, Matias Duarte, said about Windows Phone being too forceful everything into a constrained look and feel. While he says that he offers the web, there's no denying that Metro is a beutiful UI and effectively provides content with no pixels wasted to chrome. Even Android took some pointers from Windows Phone (as well as other platforms).

Steve Ballmer, being the legend that he is (see the above image), has lashed back at Android but praises the iPhone to keep it from being a targeted attack. Ballmer mentioned that Android is simply difficult for the user to get into from the off.

"You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone ... it is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones."

Android fans have taken what he said the wrong way, which is easy to do with words used. Ballmer is talking about the lack of a central design or theme across apps and the system as a whole. It looks like a giant jigsaw puzzle that is built with odd pieces. iOS has a fluid, chrome rich, interface while Windows Phone is the opposite with content, content, and more content wrapped in Metro lingerie.

This sums it up perfectly:

"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."

Ballmer goes on to say that the team understands the launch of more competitively priced handsets is a must, but with the Omnia W pricing announced and Nokia coming up shortly, there might be a short wait. Good on you Ballmer, good on you sir.

Source: The Telegraph

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Steve Ballmer hits back at Android and praises the iPhone

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LOL. Nice. I second that motion.And then send him a memo that carrier/OEM's will not drive this platform.

consumers do not understand an android. geeks think theyre gods gift. ballmer is speaking from a consumers point of view because ive met these people who are not tech savvy.

And yet the sad thing is, those non-tech-savvy consumers are still buying androids. Why? Because they are being shoved into their faces by sales reps. They really can't say no to that.

I use a WP7. In fact I love it. When someone comes into my store and asks about a smart phone, I ignore the iphone and android devices and start off with the Focus or the HD7s. However, I've noticed a large amount of users will purchase one based on price but tend to return them after a few weeks for this, that or another reason. Mostly (admittedly) it has been pre Mango WP7 devices. Almost all of the returns are because a family member told them they should have gotten an iphone (FRUSTRATING). It seems to me that other OS types seem to have a 'Magical' appeal for users that MS needs to battle against. I've noticed that some of the reasons that a customer will give for returning a WP7 device are present in the exact phone they want to exchange for and will ignore that because they are told that it is 'Magical' or 'Innovative'. Sheesh...

I was at a dinner party last week and one of the guests saw my Focus and thought it looked amazing until I told him it was a windows phone and he instantly had a negative opinion about it. The reaction was instant like a light switch. So he asked me whats so good about it even though his mind was made up it would be terrible, and I ran through all the features Zune music player xbox office twitter the camera etc and right on cue my tiles flipped over showing more information without going into the app and I just laughed cause he looked at his iphone with no information and he instantly got "it". The reason I bring up this story is because people automatically have a negative view about the phone because of name Microsoft and that isn't going to change overnight all the people telling windows phone owners they made a mistake is going to happen for a long time to come until more people actually get to use the phone and see it in action and then they will get "it". Microsoft needs to do a ad campaign and focus on the features and go from there.

Hence why I have always said that the phone should not have been named a 'Windows Phone', I understand branding matters but Xbox did ok without the 'Windows' name.We don't say Google Phone or Apple/Mac Phone, so why a Windows Phone - MS kick your marketing guys up the proverbials.