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Wozniak: Windows Phone is so beautiful, Steve Jobs might have been reincarnated by Microsoft to help design it

April 30, 2012 9:57 AM EDT
Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak believes that Windows Phone 7 sports a more beautiful interface than the iPhone and Android phones, so much so that he jokingly said that Microsoft may have managed to reincarnate Steve Jobs to help with its design.

Wozniak said that in an interview and follow-up post to a blog at aNewDomain. He was interviewed by Dan Patterson and by Gina Smith, editorial director of the site and co-author with Wozniak of Wozniak's biography "iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It." Wozniak, a phone-and-gadget aficionado, was asked to compare a Lumia 900 Windows Phone to Android phones and the iPhone. He was extremely enthusiastic about the Windows Phone 7 interface, and called it better than both Android Phones and iPhones, saying about it:

"I'm shocked, every screen is much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone."
Later on, he added that in some ways he favors Windows Phone 7 over the iPhone:
"The iPhone has a lot of beauty and simplicity and you don't get lost as much in it but it is more awkward to use (than Windows Phone 7).
He concluded that he still favors the iPhone over Windows Phone because it has far more apps, but added:
"I'll be carrying the Windows Phone with me almost everywhere."
As you might imagine, those statements kicked up a storm online. So Wozniak later posted comments to the interview intending to explain that he still favors the iPhone over Windows Phone 7. But then he complimented Windows Phone even more, and said, most certainly tongue in cheek, that Microsoft may have managed to reincarnate Steve Jobs to help with the phone's design:
"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."
Wozniak's post was all in good fun; clearly he knows that Jobs wasn't reincarnated to help with Windows Phone 7 design. But most important in what he said was that he considered Windows Phone 7 to be superior to the iPhone in some ways. I've said the same thing. The Lumia 900 shows off the operating system to its best effect, and is a beautiful, well-designed device.

Will Wozniak's opinion, on its own, help Windows Phone succeed? Of course not. But it may force people to take it more seriously. Carriers have targeted Windows Phone to gain leverage against the power of Apple, and Wozniak's point of view is one more piece of good news for the struggling smartphone operating system.