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Letter to Microsoft professes an Apple fanboy’s love for the Lumia 900

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Letter to Microsoft professes an Apple fanboy’s love for the Lumia 900
Here is something you don’t see everyday - a self-identified Apple fanboy professing his love for a Microsoft product. Scott G. recently made the jump from an iPhone to a Nokia Lumia 900. He was so impressed with the device he took time out of this day to send Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer a letter that he entitled, “Apple fanboy loves his Windows phone.”

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has published the letter to its site. A few of Scott’s praises about the device include call clarity, integration with his vehicles that utilize Sync, lack of bloatware, overall simplicity, speed, and the aesthetics of Live Tiles.

Check out what he had to say:

From: Scott G.
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2012 1:50 PM
To: Steve Ballmer
Subject: Apple fanboy loves his Windows phone
Mr. Ballmer,

Hopefully this will get to you. Your team deserves credit for producing an excellent product in the newest version of Windows Phone. Yes, I am writing from my MacBook Pro. And I have been a fairly loyal Apple customer over the years. However, I recently bought a Nokia Lumia 900 and intend on keeping it. For full disclosure, I was sure to make sure it could be returned after a dismal experience with an Android phone.
My reasons for switching are:

1. Call quality. I actually use my phone as a phone. That concept seems to get lost in many product reviews. One of my employees actually thanked me for getting rid of my iPhone as it was so much easier to hear me. I apologize for the tedium but it means a great deal to me and my business.

2. Simplicity. My family owns five vehicles, including two Fords with Sync. The 4S didn’t support all functions in any of them. My Nokia 900 was flawless out of the box. It was refreshing to have something that just worked. I cannot afford to have my primary means of communication be a science experiment.

3. No junk software. Speaking of science experiments, I also tried a Motorola Razr. Software that cannot be deleted and restarts itself? A company with questionable privacy rules. Software that terrified my poor in-laws? I guess if you like spending your day tinkering with your phone, it’s pretty cool. Maybe it beats playing with your Star Wars dolls?

4. Simplicity again. Everything after set up has been painless as well. Adding apps, setting up email accounts, etc. I thought the iPhone was good. Your set up was actually smoother and took less time. Same for Wi-Fi, in-car Bluetooth, etc.

5. Speed. The 900 doesn’t seem to lag the way the iPhone did at times. Everything seems to execute quickly. That I don’t think about it is probably the best compliment.

6. Live Tiles. It’s a minor thing but the Metro tiles are pretty cool. I just like the look.

Best regards,

Scott G.
So what do you think? Does the Nokia Lumia 900 really have the staying power to convert even the most dedicated Apple fans or is this just a one off?

source: Microsoft

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posted on 16 May 2012, 13:03 17

1. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

it could convert me if they improve their app marketplace

posted on 16 May 2012, 23:17

38. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Pretty much this, it's really the apps that make the OS worth it or not. If I can't have all the apps I use on a regular basis on my device, then I'm not going to get that device.

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:11 36

2. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

Honestly.. Im really tempted to getting a windows phone

posted on 16 May 2012, 15:29 13

22. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 534; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

You got 6 thumbs down for wanting a Windows phone... fanboys or fandroids...stop it!

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:43 8

28. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Try it, you'll at least be better for having the experience.

Of all the phones I've purchased in the last 4 years, the Lumia 900 is hands down the most satisfactory. HTC Sensation 4G; acts drunk and stupid at times. Nokia C7 Astound: small screen, underpowered processor, minimal carrier support. HTC T-Mobile G2 (aka Desire Z) small screen, heavy, keyboard to short, opened on its ownm UI was pleasant though and less problematic than the Sensation. Nokia Nuron: small screen, underpowered, but surprisingly good despite, even ran circles around friends' iphones and android phones when I had it for certain tasks (especially web browsing)

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:12 10

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

There's also LinkedIn app out for Windows Phone

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:17 15

4. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

I tried one and it is really very easy to use

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:18 10

5. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)

Fake! I'm not knocking WP but this letter is total BS. My wife works in marketing and this is totally marketing speak.

"Software that cannot be deleted and restarts itself? A company with questionable privacy rules. Software that terrified my poor in-laws?"

Who talks like that?

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:21 11

7. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Not only that but anyone who is "terrified" by software on a cell phone needs to take a step back and pop a muscle relaxer.

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:19 10

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Of Course this publication maybe a marketing trick.
But if it is true, then I should say "Shepherd just have lost one sheep". :)

posted on 16 May 2012, 14:15 7

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I'm pretty sure this is a marketing trick!

posted on 16 May 2012, 14:26 4

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I also think that it is trick.

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:28 2

8. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Maybe Ballmer will get some extra chips?

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:41 13

9. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I call bulls**t on the letter. Either that, or the guy is a giant douche.

"Maybe it beats playing with your Star Wars dolls."

"Cannot afford for my phone to be a science experiment."

"Software that terrifies my in laws."

What the s**t does that last one even mean?

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:42 11

11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Yeah, those phrases right there tell you that it is a Microsoft marketing ploy.

posted on 16 May 2012, 14:55 7

18. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

yea probably. or like sniggs said, maybe he is just a douchebag. lol... or maybe both. maybe balmer wrote it, which means it fills both douche bag and marketing ploy :)

It does verify a point ive been trying to make though that they are going more after light iphone users and new people than android users.

posted on 16 May 2012, 18:13 1

36. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Definitely a marketing gimmick.

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:15 7

24. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Me thinks ya'll protest too much.....

If this turns out to be a fraud, the egg on Microsoft's face will be messy and will smell awful. But, honestly, you all do not like the way he wrote it, and that is your reasoning for calling shenanigans?? He was writing to get the CEO's attention. Of course he tried to sound more "formal" than he should have and tripped over his words. I know a ton of people who sound silly trying to talk and/or write fancy. It happens.

Not everyone likes the same things. He was an Apple fan before this, so it's no surprise his Android experience was bad. Simplicity was one of his favorite things about WP. And if his version of the Queens English bothers everyone, it is because you are too defensive.

So this guy liked WP better than Apple and Android. So now WP took .0000000001% sales from one of the big two. Only a few tens of millions more just like him, and the big two will REALLY start worrying...

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:37 2

26. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Fair enough, which is why I threw in the "he's also possibly a giant douche" option. I know a few people who would speak exactly like he does if given the chance. It's still annoying how unfair he is though. And of course Microsoft is going to gleefully parade his letter around.

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:45 2

30. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

No one who has spent any real time with Android, especially Gingerbread and ICS, would buy into the harsh words he threw at it, Sniggs. I love WP, and even I can see the great progression Google has accomplished with the last two versions. Most of the problems anyone has with the actual "lag" we hear so much about is because of either the skins that manufacturers throw on their devices (HTC really drugged their handsets harshly with the last Sense), or more likely the user does not know how to optimize their handsets.

I am pumped for WP8, but will happily move on to Android if it is not the HUGE step ahead it needs to be. I am already giving up "Flash" capabilities and some really great apps I would like for the WP experience. If Microsoft doesn't live up to the hype, no amount of letters will keep them afloat.

posted on 16 May 2012, 20:30 2

37. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)

He is talking about the iphone lag, not the android lag. Plus, the whole point is that your handset should be optimized right out of the box. You shouldn't know how to optimize it. As Ballmer said before, you should be a computer scientist to be able to use android. You don't have to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone. It is optimized from the moment you start to use it.

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:44 3

29. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

The dude owns a macbook pro. Of course he's a giant douche.

That being said, it doesn't make him a liar. I can't really disagree with anything he said from any perspective, excepting the terrorizing software (?!?)

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:47

31. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Yeah, but it is kinda funny. I am so working that line into a couple of comments in the next few weeks......

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:42 7

10. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

We all know that this letter is a fake, but it is pretty funny.
Notice, when referring to lag that iPhone was mentioned, and not Android.

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:04 2

23. tedkord (Posts: 14734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Yeah. Now if he'd said app crashes, I could have believed it. ;)

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:56 8

12. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

lol.. This guy is speaking the truth. I've a phone with softwares that can't be deleted and restart every now and then. I also like my star wars doll. It's pretty cool. Thank goodness that Lumia is there as my saviour. I will make the shift in my next....birth.

posted on 16 May 2012, 14:14 6

13. dhawaldamania (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)

Windows Phone is Simply Amazing, My Switch from iPhone a month back was the best decision I've ever taken.

Who wants those crappy apps..

posted on 16 May 2012, 14:29 3

16. SleepingOz (unregistered)

"crappy apps"? Sorry but I doubt you ever had an iphone before. I'm far from being an apple fan but I gotta admit that they get most of the best apps before anyone who's using a different platform. You can't even find the half of these apps on the marketplace.
And also you're telling us that you don't need apps? So why choose a smartphone? Why not a dumbphone instead?

posted on 16 May 2012, 15:11 4

20. aneelamdani (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)

do not feel offended but answer me a simple question.. Are those 500,000 apps making IOS work or is the IOS structure making sure those apps work fine.. secondly... How mnay apps have u used or intend to use or try ... define quality as well..?

posted on 16 May 2012, 14:42 2

17. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Microsoft is really going crazy with the hype. WP challenge, Smartphone Beta Test, and now this fake letter? God Almighty, calm down Microsoft.

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