Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, calls Windows Phone "Intuitive and beautiful"
We reported recently that co-founder of Apple and all around cool geek Steve Wozniak was looking to purchase a Nokia Lumia 900 (WPCentral review) The info came via his Twitter feed where he posted from Foursquare. At the time, he was waiting for the AT&T store to open to check out the flagship Windows Phone.
Since then, we haven't heard much. In fact, there was no confirmation that he had even purchased the device but as it turns out, he did and what's more, he loves it. Over at aNewDomain.net, Dan Patterson, Todd Moore and Gina Smith not only caught up with "the Woz" but got him on tape talking about his experience with Windows Phone and the Lumia 900.
The Report: Tech News and Geek Culture, EP 002 - Steve Wozniak Interview by KoPoint
As it turns out, he carries around multiple Android phones and a couple of iPhones too and while he still ultimately prefers the iPhone (due to all the apps), he had nothing but praise for the Windows Phone OS and the Lumia 900. Here are a few choice quotes:
"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"
"it's makes me feel 'Oh my gosh, I'm with a friend not a tool'" (In regards to the animations and graphics)
"I just really like the experience and will be carrying the Windows Phone everywhere"
He also notes how apps look just "more beautiful than on Android or iPhone"
In short, the Woz is really enamored with the esthetics of the phone, the ease of use and just how the OS pops and slides everywhere. It's a strong endorsement although he does have the usual complaints including how you can't do speech-to-text everywhere like on iPhone or Android or the lack of a Siri-like tool for asking questions (although we have AskZiggy).
The Woz also still defaults to his iPhone but as you can hear in the audio above, the Lumia 900 will be going everywhere with him, which is more than he can say for Android.
It sounds like Microsoft and Nokia may have just received their next big endorsement. While there is still much work to do for the OS and on our hardware, we may have just scored one of the most symbolic victories in quite some time.
Update: Steve Wozniak responded in comments on aNewDomain to clarify a few things. It's a little hilarious too.
"Wrong. iPhone is my favorite phone. 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 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."
Source: The Report at aNewDomain.net; Thanks, jedi12, for the tip and Vygantas, for the new quote