Dilbert Gave Windows Phone the Thumbs Up

Dilbert creator Scott Adams back in July had complained on his blog about his bad experiences with the iPhone and an HTC Android phone. So Microsoft Windows Phone 7 developer evangelist Brandon Watson, announced the following challenge: He'd donate $1,000 to the charity of Adams' choice if he didn't like the Windows Phone Mango better […]

Dilbert creator Scott Adams back in July had complained on his blog about his bad experiences with the iPhone and an HTC Android phone. So Microsoft Windows Phone 7 developer evangelist Brandon Watson, announced the following challenge:

He'd donate $1,000 to the charity of Adams' choice if he didn't like the Windows Phone Mango better than his iPhone or Android phone.

Today, Adams declared Microsoft's Windows Phone the winner in a comparison test between it, the iPhone and an Android phone, surpassing the iPhone and Android phone in call quality, user interface and battery life (well, the latter was equal to the iPhone).

The phones that Adams tested, as well as the wireless carriers includes: The iPhone 3GS on the AT&T network, the HTC EVO 3D phone running the Android OS on the Sprint network, and the Samsung Focus phone running Windows 7.5 (a.k.a. Mango) on the AT&T network.

Per Adams blog post:

"The Windows phone has the best user interface experience, although the onscreen keyboard is problematic just as it is with the other phones I used. The Windows interface is intuitive, simple, and has a liveliness that I find appealing. Voice call quality was good, and battery life seemed good too. I declare it the winner compared to my iPhone 3GS with AT&T and my HTC EVO 3D with Android on the Sprint network."

"However, the intangible coolness factor is impossible to ignore. Even the names Microsoft and Windows feel dated. And the home screen of the Windows phone is great from a usability standpoint, but lacks sizzle. I'd be lying if I said that didn't matter to me."

Here are the three phone configurations I compared:


iPhone 3GS/AT&T network

HTC EVO 3D/Android/Sprint network

Samsung Focus/Windows 7.5 (Mango)/AT&T network

CALL QUALITY


Samsung/Windows/AT&T: GOOD

iPhone/AT&T: FAIL (dropped almost every call over a minute)

HTC EVO 3D/Android/Sprint: FAIL (no dropped calls, but always garbled)

USER INTERFACE

Samsung/Windows: GREAT

iPhone: GOOD

HTC EVO 3D/Android: POOR

ONSCREEN KEYBOARD


Samsung/Windows: FAIL

iPhone: FAIL

HTC EVO 3D/Android: FAIL

(I found all three phones frustrating. If you plan to do much typing, get a phone with a real keyboard.)

BATTERY LIFE


Samsung/Windows: GOOD

iPhone: GOOD

HTC EVO 3D/Android: FAIL

APPS


Samsung/Windows: OKAY-ISH

iPhone: GREAT

HTC EVO 3D/Android: GOOD

(I don't use many apps, but I'm assuming the Windows phone has most of the popular games and utilities but lacks some vendor-specific offerings one might like.)

INTANGIBLE COOLNESS FACTOR


Samsung/Windows: NONE

iPhone: GOOD

HTC EVO 3D/Android: GOOD

[Image credit: AOL Joystiq]