It remains to be seen if Windows Phone 7 can bring Nokia back from the dead, though if you ask Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Microsoft may have somehow managed to bring back Steve Jobs instead. We are assuming he’s joking, but those are still pretty strong praise of a once former rival. Based on the context, it sounds of it he was referring to how well Microsoft nailed the UI experience, which most people credit as the platforms strongest selling point. In a recent interview with The Verge , Woz declared that Windows Phone is like being “with a friend, not a tool”.
When asked about his opinion of Android when compared to Windows Phone 7 he was quite clear. He claims there is “no contest” when it comes to the UI experience. Words such as “awkward” and “ugly” were tossed around. As an early engineer of Apple hardware Wozniak has far more in common with today’s geek than your average Apple enthusiast, though its still surprising to hear him side with Microsoft.
He later followed up with A New Domain site to put his strong praise in context.
"iPhone is my favorite phone. I did give my opinion that the Windows 7P phone had superior visual appearance and operation cues that were also more attractive. In my opinion, it sets the mark for user interface," he said. "I would recommend it (WP) over my Android phones.... 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."