One of the biggest voices of the Microsoft Windows world likes just about everything about his new Droid X and his wife’s Droid.
Paul Thurrott took some time out of writing his book, “Windows 7 Phone Secrets,” to comment on what he thought Android brought to the table. His experience is telling because he’s one of a handful of people outside of Redmond who have been using the Windows 7 Phone prototypes daily.
His first experiences with Android were when his wife went out of her way to get a Droid from Verizon almost a year ago.
Ironically, Thurrott’s Windows 7 prototype phones didn’t meet his employer’s corporate standards so he got a Droid X. He’s smitten.
He’s certainly a fan of Motorola’s hardware. Notables include the 4.3-inch screen and speedy CPU/GPU.
He even has some nice things to say about Android’s software.
It isn’t all glory for Android, however. Thurrott notes two weaknesses in the Android experience. The Android Market is too disorganized and has a lot of copyright-questionable apps that shouldn’t be there. Additionally, media management lacks Apple’s iTunes experience which borrows heavily on years of iPod experience. He (like me) uses DoubleTwist to manage media on Android.
But, he concludes:
That’s an interesting statement because Google’s Android 3 OS (Gingerbread) will have the benefit of having been worked over by recent Google hire Matthias Duarte, the UI genius behind the Danger Sidekick in the early 2000’s and more recently the webOS.
Gingerbread should be hitting Android hardware about the same time Thurrott’s book and Windows 7 Series hit the streets.
If Android can win over Paul Thurrott, it has done a pretty good job.