Steve Wozniak on Windows Phone: “Compared to Android, there’s no contest”

Steve Wozniak on Windows Phone: “Compared to Android, there’s no contest”

After alerting his Twitter followers that he was intent on securing one of Nokia’s new Lumia 900 smartphones, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has revealed what he thinks of the company’s new handset and the Windows Phone platform as a whole — and it’s overwhelmingly positive.

The Woz is known as a man who loves his mobile tech, so it was no surprise that he would obtain Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone smartphone when it launched to see how it operated.

Despite being an Apple man (regularly queuing outside his local Apple Store for every new phone and tablet launch), Wozniak has also been snapped visiting Google’s Mountain View HQ, in order to pick up a brand new Galaxy Nexus.

In a recent podcast call with’s Dan Patterson, Todd Moore and Gina Smith, Wozniak spoke about how Microsoft had made its platform intuitive, easy to use and most significantly “beautiful”, adding that “compared to Android, there’s no contest.”

While Apple’s iPhone still appears to be his favorite device, mainly due to the wealth of apps available on the App Store, the former Apple executive has noting but nice things to say about his new Microsoft-powered device:

WPCentral pulled together a few quotes from the call:

“Just for looks and beauty I definitely favor the Windows Phone over Android”

“I’m just shocked, I haven’t seen anything yet that isn’t more beautiful than the other platforms”

“Intuitive and beautiful”

“I just really like the experience and will be carrying the Windows Phone everywhere”

The Apple co-founder later followed up the call with a comment on the original article, providing more context to his thoughts:

I did give my opinion that the Windows Phone had superior visual appearance and operation cues that were also more attractive. In my opinion, it sets the mark for user interface. I would recommend it over my Android phones given that it doesn’t yet have the breadth of apps.

I surmise that Microsoft hired someone from Apple and put money into having a role in the UI and appearance of some key apps. I also surmised that Steve Jobs might have been reincarnated at MS due to a lot of what I see and feel with this phone making me think of a lot of great Apple things.

With Nokia facing an uphill struggle to boost sales in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple, Wozniak’s endorsement comes at an important time not only for the Finnish company but for Microsoft, as it attempts to claw back market share from iOS and Android.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has already commented on Wozniak’s new purchase:

Microsoft and Nokia have been working hard to secure more high-profile apps for the Windows Phone platform, something that both Wozniak and casual users admit limit the impact of devices running the operating system.

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