Scott Adams, the guy behind the Dilbert cartoons, turns tech reviewer on his blog today, offering his take after testing Windows Phone, Android and iPhone devices. And Microsoft will find a lot to like in what he writes … for the most part.

“If you want a smartphone that is easy to use, performs well, has a good battery life, and doesn’t frustrate you, the Windows phone is the best choice of the three options I tested,” he writes, in his summary. “All you give up is some hipster credibility and access to lesser-used apps.”

Those lines probably aren’t headed for a Microsoft billboard anytime soon. But his review overall is a high-profile shot in the arm for Windows Phone at a time when Microsoft’s mobile platform can use ever bit of momentum it can muster, as its share of the mobile market slips into the low single digits.

Adams explains that he complained in a previous post about both his iPhone 3GS and his Android phone, prompting Microsoft’s Brandon Watson to challenge him to test a Windows Phone, promising to donate $1,000 to the charity of Adams’ choice if he didn’t like the Windows Phone better than the others.

In his testing, Adams was using a Samsung Focus running Windows Phone’s upcoming 7.5 Mango update on AT&T’s network. He gives the Samsung running Windows Phone high marks for call quality and user interface, but calls its apps only “okay-ish.”

The iPhone (also running on the AT&T network) and Android device (an HTC EVO 3D running on Sprint’s network) both earn “fails” from Adams for call quality. He gives the iPhone’s apps his top mark.

Read Adams’ full review here. He doesn’t address this directly, but based on what he writes, it looks like Watson will be keeping that $1,000.

Comments

  • http://hark.com David Aronchick

    That’s what makes it hipster! So few people are using it (now anyway) ;)

  • Guest

    Nice endorsement overall and credit to Brandon Watson for thinking up the challenge. He’s one of the few [visible] people at MS who still seem to have some confidence, aggressiveness, and marketing creativity.

    “Even the names Microsoft and Windows feel dated”

    No kidding. Again you see the man-on-the-street view vs the MS leadership/PR view. MS has an major image problem. And the phone offering shouldn’t have relied on either Windows or Microsoft for marketing. They would have been better off leveraging the Xbox branding.

  • Guest

    Nice endorsement overall and credit to Brandon Watson for thinking up the challenge. He’s one of the few [visible] people at MS who still seem to have some confidence, aggressiveness, and marketing creativity.

    “Even the names Microsoft and Windows feel dated”

    No kidding. Again you see the man-on-the-street view vs the MS leadership/PR view. MS has an major image problem. And the phone offering shouldn’t have relied on either Windows or Microsoft for marketing. They would have been better off leveraging the Xbox branding.

  • Guest

    Please, please do not post any more stories about a man who outwardly hates women:

    http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/03/25/scott-adam-sexist-mens-rights/

  • Guest

    Please, please do not post any more stories about a man who outwardly hates women:

    http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/03/25/scott-adam-sexist-mens-rights/

    • Don M

      Please don’t post to messageboards if you can’t stay on topic.

      Adams really isn’t qualified to review cell phones, but that has zero to do with whether he is a misogynist. 

      • WhiteRabbit

        It’s slightly akin to asking bin Laden’s opinion on cell phones. He’s a jerk, and who cares what he thinks?

        • Mediator

          The truth may be that white rabbit is too young to know who Dilbert is – and probably carries an iOS

  • Guest

    Please don’t use “Dilbert creator” and “credibility” in the same headline ever again.

    For more information, bing “Dilbert Creator Pretends to Be His Own Biggest Fan on Message Boards.”

  • Gary Voth

    So Todd, when you *you* going to give Windows Phone a try?

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Oh, I use one all the time, a Samsung. It’s not my primary device, but I use it pretty frequently to try the Windows Phone apps that I write about.

      We’ve discussed this on the GeekWire podcast/radio show, but my contract is up and I’ve been debating whether to go with Android or Windows Phone 7, or stick with iPhone as my primary device. 

      I like the Windows Phone interface. My biggest issue is inertia — a lot of my work flow is built around the iPhone and the iOS ecosystem, including a pretty smooth process I’ve worked out for recording and quickly transcribing interviews. 

      Every time I think about recreating that process around a new device, it stops me from switching.

      • Gary Voth

        Ain’t it the truth?  Thanks for the thoughtful reply.  (My wife actually switched from an iPhone 3Gs to a Focus, but she is a far more casual user.)

        I’ll grant that a shift from the iOS ecosystem to Windows Phone may be a leap of faith today.  But if MS and its partners execute well over the next 12-18 months and there really is a “unified ecosystem” that begins to coalesce around Windows 8 tablets, Windows Phone, and Xbox, things will be more interesting.

        OTOH, I suspect there are a *lot* of first-time Android smartphone and tablet users who will be looking to switch platforms once their contract is up. Their default next choice will certainly be an iOS device; Microsoft (and Nokia) must ensure that at least some of these customers consider a Windows-powered mobile device instead.

      • http://www.wac6.typepad.com William Carleton

        Fun to get the insight into your working methods, Todd. It’s interesting what you say about iOS, because I’m finding Android is generally better with speech to text across a broad variety of apps and functions.

  • Gary Voth

    So Todd, when you *you* going to give Windows Phone a try?

  • Zune Fan

    I’ve use Zune about 5-years – and have been waiting for my Android contract to expire, so I can integrate it onto my next phone.

    Nothing wrong with Android – I just think I jumped the gun getting into the SmatPhone market.

    Looking forward to Woindow’s Phone – or whatever name they finally settle on for marketting. X-Box (thumbs down), Mango (thumbs down), Zune (I like), Windows Phone (is fine).

  • Zune Fan

    I’ve use Zune about 5-years – and have been waiting for my Android contract to expire, so I can integrate it onto my next phone.

    Nothing wrong with Android – I just think I jumped the gun getting into the SmatPhone market.

    Looking forward to Woindow’s Phone – or whatever name they finally settle on for marketting. X-Box (thumbs down), Mango (thumbs down), Zune (I like), Windows Phone (is fine).

  • Zune Fan

    I’ve use Zune about 5-years – and have been waiting for my Android contract to expire, so I can integrate it onto my next phone.

    Nothing wrong with Android – I just think I jumped the gun getting into the SmatPhone market.

    Looking forward to Woindow’s Phone – or whatever name they finally settle on for marketting. X-Box (thumbs down), Mango (thumbs down), Zune (I like), Windows Phone (is fine).

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