Former manager at Microsoft reviews Android and the Samsung Galaxy S II, gives two thumbs down

Former manager at Microsoft reviews Android and the Samsung Galaxy S II, gives two thumbs down
Charlie Kindel is a former General Manager of the Windows Phone Developer Ecosystem. After being with Microsoft for 21 years and dedicating tons of his time and effort to bringing Windows Phone to the world, he left the company back in August in order to start a business of his own. Ironically, he just recently won an Android smartphone – an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II, to be precise, and decided to share his thoughts in his blog after using the device for a while.

In a nutshell, his experience with the Android platform and the Galaxy S II is pretty underwhelming, even though the device is regarded as one of the year's best smartphones. Sure, there are things he likes, such as the drop-down notification bar and the broad software selection, yet his final judgement is definitely on the negative side. Here is how Kindel summarizes his impressions:


Of course, Kindel admits that he loves Windows Phone, which is not surprising having his background in mind. However, he is not with Microsoft anymore, meaning that he has no benefit from supporting its mobile platform. At the same time, Kindel is well familiar with what makes a platform user-friendly, so if Android scores points in that category, one would expect him to point it out. If you are interested in checking out his full review, just follow the source link below.

source: cek.log via wpcentral

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69 Comments

1. whatAdumbASK

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

WOW OK Mr. Charlie Kindel if you don't want your SGS2 you can send it to me I'll be happy to take it off your hands for free- heck I'll even pay for shipping. As to your opinion I would expect you to be bias but I can't say I share your enthusiasm for window phones. Android works for me and I guess your entitle to your opinion no matter how wrong but hey give it to me if you don't want it.

25. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

if android is " not that good " then why it is the number 1 operating system in the US ? oh... and where is windows OS ? WITH THE " OTHERS " ! LOL even the s**tty iOS is better :P

50. Leo_MC

Posts: 6096; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe because not everybody can appreciate a taste of good wine but everybody likes a draught beer... Just saying; no 1 sales does not make you a better platform (think about where Symbian is when taking in consideration the quality of OS).

60. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. At the same time, ppl left the old Win Mo and jumped on Android for a reason. And ppl are still choosing Android for a reason. I wouldnt say its the best...no mobile phone or OS is the best......but if it sucked as bad or was as complicated as some ppl claim it is...it wouldnt continue to have the market share it does. Also why do some ppl make Android out like its this difficult, complicated thing to use? Example of how my ex GF used my Droid X1: Texting Web browsing Calls Games GPS Youtube Music player If thats what you call complicated....I should have a Ph.D with what I do with my Android phones. Android can be a simple or complicated as you make it. The myth that Android is for geeks and complicated is about as bad as the myth that the iPhone "just works".

67. GeekMovement unregistered

@whatAdumbAsk Awesome comment, I loved reading it (-;

2. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

regardless if he is not microsoft employee anymore there will always be biased towards microsoft..the thousands of positive reviews,the fact that it has one phone of the year on various gadget sites proves how good this phone is unless they are all wrong.

3. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Well I am not surprised he is trying to sell a half baked OS to the public, Really Really " A typical non-geek consumer would be absolutely-fraking-crazy to pick an Android phone over a Windows Phone" Is this man delusional or what.

9. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Yea Android is pretty half baked isn't it.

11. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Microsoft makes more money form Android than its own Half bakes OS boy or are you from another world.

19. tomakali

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Correction: 1.WP7 is half-baked will comeout good as WP8. still WPx[10] would be the best to compete with other mobile OS. 2.Android is not half-baked, but "over-cooked". still it being cooked with more and more sugar coatings...

54. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Care to tell us why WP7 is half-baked? With a comment like that, you must have some logical reasoning behind it, right?

4. phungn

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

I had an HD2 for a while with some custom roms. Maybe I just didn't spend enough time with it (a week) but I went back to my vibrant after that week. (got the HD2 free from a relative)

38. jeck77

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

The HD2 ran Windows Mobile 6.5, not Windows Phone 7. Those two OS are completely different than each other. Unless of course you were running the HD2 with a custom Windows Phone 7 rom...

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Welp. Looks like Anti-Android Monday is in full swing.

21. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

This is only one of few positive articles related to wp that's found in PA. I wouldn't steam up too much.

6. maoten

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

common u and freaking metro ui,,,

7. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

I wonder what his new business venture is, and ate his suppliers Microsoft? Good reviews = better deals for him right?

8. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

This guy is sooo right! The scrappiest OS on the market right now is Android. Not only is it copied from the original iOS, but it also is the most geek-orientated. Even Symbian with its Belle version is now better than Android. If I have to make a top 5 chart I'd make it like this: 1. iOS, 2 (soon to become 1-st)WP, 3. Symbian (Belle and Carla), 4. Android, 5. Blackberry

10. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Striker is so retarded. Android is the fastest growing OS in the world and you run your mouth like you have no brain. Maybe you don't.

15. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Charlie Kindel's b!t** is that you?

16. ore123

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

do you know what android is ... stock android is not the same as IOS . its only touchwiz 3.0 which copied IOS try searching stock android 1.6/2.1/2.2/2.3/3.0/3.24.0/

61. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Why must I have to remind ppl that the home screen and icon layout does not make up the entire OS? Once you get past the home screen, icon layout they are 2 entirely different animals.

12. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

3 letters - ICS. Gingerbread is not perfect we all know this, ics is not perfect but to me its the best OS i have used. I have played around with win 7.5 and I have a 4s - let me tell you windows is far behind android and IOS. ICS is the best os out at the moment, its not without its bugs but its near enough a new os, so there are bound to be. all these anti android articles are just a reflection of the fear at the ever growing os that is android, he may no longer work for microsoft but 21 years is enough to show you where is loyalty is. Windows is even more restricted than ios - what can you actually do with windows that you cannot do with android or ios ? Microsoft came to the game to late

13. wansuk

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

android and symbian not in the same league... android is the best... ios just an app launcher... symbian is worth comparing with WP and RIM...

31. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

PREACH!!!

14. sadiqsam

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

i think this dude have failed 'on-his-own' and want his old job back.

17. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

and so much ppl love wp7 where they at?

20. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I'm right here. Just saw the post. Anyway, what you want me to say, ooh, ahh, ooh, ahhh, yeah? lolzz! I think most WP aren't as defensive as others. They maybe more offensive. Seeing something like this is a plus.

39. jeck77

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Right here. I've owned many smartphones, everything from Palm OS, Windows 6.0,6.1,6.5, BB OS, WebOS, Android, iOS, Maemo 5, Symbian, and I love Win Phone 7. Not as powerful as Android, but man, is it so much nicer to use.

18. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

this is funny how was windows mobile before windows 7 wanst easy to use at all a pain in the ass lol

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