Lovable and eccentric Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has spoken and he says he thinks Windows Phone is ‘intuitive’ and ‘beautiful’ and that he chooses it over Android. He even says that between the two, it’s a “no contest”. Currently, he has a Lumia 900, Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone, to play with.
Talking to Dan Patterson and Gina Smith on The Report at A New Domain, he said: “Of course I’ve got all sorts and kinds of phones – I got about 10 cellular devices – but just for looks and beauty…I definitely favor the Windows 7 Phone over Android.”
When asked whether it’s just aesthetic or is there something architectural deep inside the phone that he also likes, he replied that it’s both. “It is both,” he said, explaining that even though Android has thousands upon thousands more apps that Windows Phone, the Microsoft platform has advantages like it being more simple and intuitive. He says he likes Windows Phone’s little indications (indicators?) which simplify tasks and take you straight to what you want to do next.
He says Windows Phone “just leads you to the right steps so often.”
He added that he’s “kind of shocked that every screen is much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone.”
The Woz also thinks he has an idea how Microsoft and Nokia did this achievement. He said: “I think what Microsoft or Nokia did was that they went to some of the key app makers and got them to deliberately make specialized, beautiful additions or they put their own things on graphics,” explaining that the sliding motion of Windows Phone and its actions that “bloom under your finger” instead of “popping out” is more beautiful.
“My first look at it, it’s just shock. I haven’t seen anything yet that isn’t more beautiful than the other platforms.”
Nonetheless, The Woz had a feature he misses when he uses his Windows Phone. He says that now he now prefers to speak to his phone and Android and iOS with Siri has that.
However, he did go on to praise Windows Phone saying that “compared to Android, it’s just no contest”. He even went as far as saying that the iPhone, even though it’s beautiful and simple and that you don’t get lost as much in it, “it’s more awkward to use”.
Explaining further, he said:
“Look at when you close an app on a Macintosh. ‘Zoom’ and it’s shrunk down and they’re gone. It’s so fun to see, I would never turn that off. And it’s like the experience with this Windows Phone: things are zooming in from the left and zooming in from the right, the rolling colors that attract your eye, some come from the bottom and you tap somewhere and a little button grows out of it instead of just popping up. This (is the) kind of beauty that we had in computers before and I like it. It just makes me feel like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m more with a friend than with a tool’.
Nevertheless, it appears it would take more than that to sway The Woz to choose Windows Phone over Apple’s iPhone. The Woz stressed that “my main phone though is still iPhone” because of personal reasons like the apps he use that are part of his life.
But, he added in there that he “really likes” the Windows Phone experience that he’ll be “carrying the Windows Phone with me almost everywhere.”
Being the funny guy that he is, he added he defaults still to the iPhone but carries two of them (one on AT&T and one on Verizon). He says that he has an two iPhones in case one battery dies and because he likes being able to multitask using two iPhones. “I can talk on one phone and look at the other,” he said jokingly, adding that he’s “solved Apple’s problem the easy way.” The iPhone has been criticized for its multitasking capabilities.
This is not the first time The Woz praised a platform other than his company’s iOS, however, as he has also previously said that he liked Android.
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