Steve Ballmer Says Android Is Shit And iPhone Is Pricey

Steve Ballmer

In a recent interview Steve Ballmer went all open with his thoughts on two of Microsoft’s biggest competitors in terms of products:

“Ballmer called the Android ecosystem “wild,” “uncontrolled” and susceptible to malware.

He called the Apple ecosystem “high-priced” and “highly controlled,” further noticing that iPhones cost upwards of $1,000 internationally.”

I think Android users are now smart enough to realize what they’re bargaining for. Low-cost phones that run on Android, more free apps and the ability to easily get workarounds to get paid apps for free(duh!) opens them to a whole different level of malware. I think anyone who’s smart enough to get Android by-choice understands this level of threat. The noobs don’t care.

The Apple ecosystem may be “high-priced” but then quality comes at a price. I don’t think any decent Windows Phone 8 based devices would be cheap. Or moreover Android-cheap. I’m not talking about bundled plans or subsidized pricing here.

Windows Phone 8 is good and there’s a good chance that Windows Phone will take off from here but it’ll take its own sweet time. The market is open for WP8 devices and its only when there are more devices than one can count shall we know how it works out for everyone.

Written by Harry

Technology writer, a volcano of ideas, and I'm the guy with a shopping problem.


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  1. “The Apple ecosystem may be “high-priced” but then quality comes at a price.”
    Enlighten me if you will, what quality are you talking about ? The beauty of the rounded corners ? or the spectacularly amazing quality of Apple Maps ? or even more amazing Siri ? Stop being a sheep.

    Low cost phones running Android ? See, the difference is you don’t see the bigger picture here. Android is for everyone, the super rich or the super poor or the people who come in between. Labeling Android as a low cost device OS is meh but since people think Apple is all so pricey check out the price of the Tag Heuer Link or Tag Heuer Racer – the cost of single one of these is enough to buy 10 iPhones and guess what they are ? – Android phones.

    • Re: Apple being “high-priced” – I’m talking about the overall package here, Aseem. iPhone is not just Siri or Maps. How many Android users, including both high end and mid-level, are really satisfied with their mobile experience? Not being a spoilt brat here but I’m just talking from what I’ve seen people experience.

      “Android is for everyone” – Samsung did that with a Galaxy device in every hand, running an older version of Android on low-powered devices. Pick some of those up and tell me how you like it. They’re great but even some of the feature phones beat them to basic tasks. I’m not labeling Android as a low-cost alternative but that’s the major chunk of the so called Android market share right now. There are expensive ones and they’re pretty neat too, if you ask me. I wonder how people compare them with the iPhone pricing when it comes to that.

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