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Wozniak Likes Windows Phone Better Than iOS, Android

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Out of four smartphones, Apple's co-founder likes the Nokia Lumia 900 the best.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly just purchased the new Nokia Lumia 900 packed with Windows Phone 7.5 "Tango" and loves it. Even more, he seems to prefer the device over Apple's own iPhone 4S and Google's Android OS. It's the "bees knees."

During a recent interview, Wozniak laid down his four smartphones on the table -- two iPhone 4S phones, the Droid Razr, and the Lumia 900 -- and pointed to the Nokia Lumia 900 as his favorite, saying it was "no contest." It runs the fastest and most reliably out of the four, he said.

However just on "looks and beauty" alone, Wozniak says he still favors the Nokia phone over the iPhone 4S and Android devices, blown away by the Metro-style interface and how it transforms the typical sea of app icons into something fresh and new.

"I'm shocked, every screen is much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone," he told Dan Patterson and Gina Smith, the latter of which co-authored with Wozniak on Wozniak's biography.

Still, Apple's co-founder hasn't abandoned Team Apple, as he still prefers using the iPhone 4S over Windows Phone simply because iOS has a larger library of apps -- but that's seemingly it. He admitted that he will probably carry the Lumia 900 "almost everywhere," and there will probably be situations where the Lumia 900 will take precedence just because it's easier to use.

"The iPhone has a lot of beauty and simplicity, and you don't get lost as much in it [compared to Android]. But it is more awkward to use [than Windows Phone 7]," he admitted.

After the interview, Wozniak reaffirmed that iPhone is still his #1 platform, but then turned around and said that the Windows Phone 7 device has a superior visual appearance and operation cues that are also more attractive.

"In my opinion, it sets the mark for user interface," he said. "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."

News of Wozniak's love for the new Nokia phone is certainly great PR for a mobile OS that currently only commands a sliver of the mobile market. Just recently Microsoft started airing the new "Smartphone Beta Test" campaign featuring the Nokia Lumia 900, getting word out on the street that the stylish phone is the next step in smartphone evolution. Wozniak's enthusiasm seems to back up that promise.

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    aaron88_7 , May 1, 2012 11:42 AM
    ppumkinWhy would Wozniak 'DISS' his own creation, publicly

    It's called being honest and having integrity. Wozniak is a true geek that can appreciate technology regardless of branding.

    This is why the man commands respect from fellow geeks.
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    nameon , May 1, 2012 11:12 AM
    Idoits,.... so angry that daddy likes your cousin more than you???...
    WP7 rules and no one can deny it
    my bros had every version of iphone ever released...
    and then they picked up my W7 phone.....
    they started asking questions i never thought i'd hear coming out of their mouths...
    and specs dont count for S**T.... before i had my W7P i had an android that supposedly had
    a better CPU on it than my W7P but lets just say it didnt look like it
    also i think the guy who wrote this news pieces is a bit wierd.. how could he get this wrong??? WP7.5 is not tango its Mango
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    nhat11 , May 1, 2012 12:12 PM
    Wozniak is pretty cool, he's a big fan of anything tech and will try anything out. He'll sprout his opinions of what he likes or don't since he's not tied down to anything or don't care.
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    nameon , May 1, 2012 11:12 AM
    Idoits,.... so angry that daddy likes your cousin more than you???...
    WP7 rules and no one can deny it
    my bros had every version of iphone ever released...
    and then they picked up my W7 phone.....
    they started asking questions i never thought i'd hear coming out of their mouths...
    and specs dont count for S**T.... before i had my W7P i had an android that supposedly had
    a better CPU on it than my W7P but lets just say it didnt look like it
    also i think the guy who wrote this news pieces is a bit wierd.. how could he get this wrong??? WP7.5 is not tango its Mango
  • 21 Hide
    joytech22 , May 1, 2012 11:14 AM
    Personally, I honestly love Windows Phone; Even though I own a Galaxy Nexus.
    It's smooth and responsive in literally all situations, every time I go out I play with one.

    I just wish it had as big a user base so more applications would be created for it. I wouldn't mind switching if it wasn't for my gigantic investment in Android apps.. -.-
  • 27 Hide
    aaron88_7 , May 1, 2012 11:42 AM
    ppumkinWhy would Wozniak 'DISS' his own creation, publicly

    It's called being honest and having integrity. Wozniak is a true geek that can appreciate technology regardless of branding.

    This is why the man commands respect from fellow geeks.
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    Silly Boots , May 1, 2012 11:52 AM
    Getting lost in Android? I've been using my Android phone for two years without "getting lost" once.

    Don't really know what he's talking about.
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    Anonymous , May 1, 2012 12:03 PM
    I agree with Woz on the phone being nicer than Android but it still lags behind my 4s IMHO. I love the 1080p video and the breath of Apps available. Close but no cigar.
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    nhat11 , May 1, 2012 12:12 PM
    Wozniak is pretty cool, he's a big fan of anything tech and will try anything out. He'll sprout his opinions of what he likes or don't since he's not tied down to anything or don't care.
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    g00fysmiley , May 1, 2012 12:23 PM
    windows phone is definatly awesome, i just with it'd port to a non limited data network like sprint or t mobile chaining to at&t means limited data which means some people (myself included) won't be willing to buy it
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    ap3x , May 1, 2012 12:24 PM
    IMO opinion, I think Metro looks fantastic and flows extremely well. W8 should fix some of the technical limitations of it. Once that is done then they need to aggressively promote App development. Apps are what is killing the platform. There is just not enough.
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    trumpeter1994 , May 1, 2012 12:34 PM
    I have a whole new respect for Wozniak now. I strongly dislike apple but I was not aware of the way this guy acts. This is the kind of stuff the industry needs. If you can admit that your competitors product is excellent then that's awesome and it shows your honest and not just being overruled by greed. Props to this guys man.
    By acknowledging how good WP7 is he'll probably have some new ideas to put into the iOS too. This kind of respect and acknowledgement of your competitors product should help the industry.
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    trumpeter1994 , May 1, 2012 12:36 PM
    g00fysmileywindows phone is definatly awesome, i just with it'd port to a non limited data network like sprint or t mobile chaining to at&t means limited data which means some people (myself included) won't be willing to buy it

    You can get a lumia 700 or HTC radar from T mobile...... they both run on WP7.
  • 4 Hide
    jacobdrj , May 1, 2012 12:56 PM
    I want Windows Phone... I do... Hopefully it will make it to the Pre-Paid market soon...
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    del35 , May 1, 2012 1:02 PM
    Ummm, I like Wozniak and respect him for his contributions to Apple before being screwed by the propagandist, nefarious back-room-dealer, and con-artist Mr Jobs. But I have strong reservations about Wozniak assessments. Even though, I myself like the Lumina 900 Windows phone and have no doubt it is a superior device to the locked-down iPhone 4s jail, and certainly a good alternative to an Android phone. But that the phone is better than, say, the Samsung Galaxy S2, is doubtful. It may be slightly faster, but speed is not the only criteria that marks user satisfaction.
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    Zingam_Duo , May 1, 2012 1:17 PM
    nameonIdoits,.... so angry that daddy likes your cousin more than you???...WP7 rules and no one can deny itmy bros had every version of iphone ever released...and then they picked up my W7 phone.....they started asking questions i never thought i'd hear coming out of their mouths...and specs dont count for S**T.... before i had my W7P i had an android that supposedly hada better CPU on it than my W7P but lets just say it didnt look like italso i think the guy who wrote this news pieces is a bit wierd.. how could he get this wrong??? WP7.5 is not tango its Mango


    Tango, Mango... he's the same kind of smelly Gypsy! ;) 
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    ap3x , May 1, 2012 1:22 PM
    del35Ummm, I like Wozniak and respect him for his contributions to Apple before being screwed by the propagandist, nefarious back-room-dealer, and con-artist Mr Jobs. But I have strong reservations about Wozniak assessments. Even though, I myself like the Lumina 900 Windows phone and have no doubt it is a superior device to the locked-down iPhone 4s jail, and certainly a good alternative to an Android phone. But that the phone is better than, say, the Samsung Galaxy S2, is doubtful. It may be slightly faster, but speed is not the only criteria that marks user satisfaction.


    Actually, he was not just talking about speed. He was talking about UI usability as well as performance. Android is clunky compared to both WP7.5 and IOS and the fact that these Android devices need the kind of hardware that they have to make it seem smooth is proof of how clunky it is.

    Wozniak is a known Apple guy who is perfectly honest about the pluses and minuses of his main platform and is not afraid to give credit to another solution that might do certain things a bit better. That is what a true technologist does and for that he deserves credit.

    At the end of the day if you consider all options and figure which platforms pluses outweigh the minuses for you then you can make a thoughtful and informed decision for yourself without waiving your flag every time someone makes a unbiased assessment of a device.
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    back_by_demand , May 1, 2012 1:23 PM
    Wow, so because the Woz has the temerity to speak his mind on what he prefers honestly he is suddenly attacked by the Religeous Zealot brigade
    ...
    Different matter when he bigs up Apple products, of course
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    Camikazi , May 1, 2012 1:26 PM
    trumpeter1994I have a whole new respect for Wozniak now. I strongly dislike apple but I was not aware of the way this guy acts. This is the kind of stuff the industry needs. If you can admit that your competitors product is excellent then that's awesome and it shows your honest and not just being overruled by greed. Props to this guys man. By acknowledging how good WP7 is he'll probably have some new ideas to put into the iOS too. This kind of respect and acknowledgement of your competitors product should help the industry.

    He doesn't work for Apple and has nothing to do with the iPhone or iOS, he is just a tech geek who is well known and respected for his unbiased opinions. He likes what he likes, it doesn't matter to him that he helped create Apple, if he doesn't like an Apple product he will say so.
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    southernshark , May 1, 2012 2:02 PM
    g00fysmileywindows phone is definatly awesome, i just with it'd port to a non limited data network like sprint or t mobile chaining to at&t means limited data which means some people (myself included) won't be willing to buy it


    You can buy one unlocked. I know it costs more up front, but at least you avoid carrier contracts.
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