Woz says Windows Phone 'sets the mark' for mobile UI
Would pick it over Android
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has again voiced support for Cupertino's rivals, this time professing his admiration for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. He believes is "sets the mark for user interface".
The outspoken innovator and educator spoke of the four handsets he was carrying at the time, during a podcast with A New Domain.
"Just for looks and beauty, I definitely favour the Windows 7 phone over Android," he said.
"I think that what Microsoft or Nokia did is that they went to some of the key app makers and got them to deliberately make specialised beautiful ones or they put their own themes on…"
After the podcast went live, it was accompanied by text which stated the Lumia 900 was the inventor's favourite handset, a claim Woz was quick to refute.
"Wrong. iPhone is my favourite phone," he said in the comments section.
"I did give my opinion that the Windows 7 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 [even though] it doesn't yet have the breadth of apps."
In January, Woz praised Google's OS while stating his gripes with the iPhone. ®
Usability is king.
Who cares how pretty somehting is.
I find iOS looks nice, but it's simplicity comes at a price - usability.
I personally dislike WP7 looks, but again, it fails even bigger at usability, it's totally useless in real life.
Android has always been very usable, but looked crappy at times in it's pure form, (HTC Sense improved things greatly IMHO), but un Android 4,0, not only is Android still by far the most usable OS, it's also the smartest looking.
Re: Once again ... it's the APPS
exactly, but why is that? I personally think its entirely about the platform. I think developers dont want to commit to WM7 because microsoft is still so non-commital to all of its development platforms. If the silverlight based WM7 apps have a future then microsoft needs to let everyone know about it. Right now, both desktop, phone and probably in the future tablet developers dont know what platform microsoft are going to favour tomorrow after being stung putting effort into learning WPF, Silverlight and all the related technolgoes along the way only to be left wondering why they bothered when microsoft announces something new yet again at the next conference.
Looks aren't everything...
Okay, the interface is an important feature, but WP7 needs a few more tweaks before it can even approach iOS/Android in functionality.
Re: No-one sensible has listened to Woz...
Nah, 'cos we're all listening to you now, apparently.
Re: Usability is king.
No idea why you get a downvote, as you're on the mark. The "novelty" of the tiles wears off soon after you realize that it is just a glorified featurephone - lacking in apps, flexibility, and usability.
Tell me again how to transfer a photo or send a contact to another phone without using my data cap?