Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak might have helped get Apple off the ground but during a podcast this week he had big compliments for Apple competitor Microsoft. Wozniak several weeks ago picked up the Lumia 900 smartphone which is powered by the Windows Phone OS and during his podcast over the weekend he said Windows Phone’s OS was hands down beating out Google Android.
Wozniak in no uncertain terms said Windows Phone has the “most beautiful” visual experience he has witnessed on a mobile platform, noting that the platform made him feel like he was interacting with a “friend, not a tool.”
Steve also said he liked that the Lumia 900 was “fast and reliable” but noted that the built-in camera had plenty to fix before it was worthy of being used for any type of picture taking.
While Wozniak added that Microsoft has appeared to “pick up the spirit of Apple” he didn’t accuse Microsoft of going after Apple design features but did wonder outloud if Microsoft had maybe picked up a former Apple employee to help influence the Windows Phone interface.
The former Apple employee then added:
“I also surmised that Steve Jobs might have been reincarnated at Microsoft, due to a lot of what I see and feel with this phone making me think of a lot of great Apple things.”
The Metro interface in the meantime has been mostly attributed to Joe Belifiore, a software designer who has been working at Microsoft for more than 20 years.
In the meantime while Steve Wozniak has received unreleased Google Android phones for testing (Galaxy Nexus) he has remained loyal to Apple, always carrying one, sometimes two iPhones on his person.
Here’s the full Steve Wozniak podcast regarding the Windows Phone OS.