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Comparing Apples to lemons: Windows Phone beats Apple Watch

The Macalope | July 29, 2015
As the artist formerly knowns as Prince and is possibly again known as Prince (who can keep up?) once wrote: Oh, no, let's go crazy.


The fact shows how the gulf between hype and reality can be quite large.

The reality that Microsoft sold more phones than Apple sold watches. That reality. The reality of universe 316/24-A With Jelly On It universe.

It's also a sign of how difficult it is, even for Apple, to jump into new markets.

Yep, they only took 75 percent of the market with only two full months of sales and constrained supplies and, man, what are you even talking about? Are you being held captive in some kind of anti-Apple diatribe sweatshop? Blink once for "yes" and twice for "blazzlefrozzle".

Microsoft indicated it can find ways to keep the momentum going for its smartphone numbers. Microsoft recently announced it was laying off tens of thousands of workers it acquired as part of the purchase of Nokia.

Nothing boosts sales like laying people off.

"They laid of how many people? Oh, man, I have got to get me one of those."

Are they going to put it on the box like a spec? "4G LTE, 1 GB of RAM, laid off 15,000 people." The only way that would boost their numbers is if they were giving one to each laid off worker as part of their severance package. "Your services are no longer required, please accept this free phone."

But CEO Satya Nadella has stated the company will refocus on fewer Lumia handsets targeted precisely for three markets: Value, business and enthusiasts.

Read as: Cheap people, people who are forced to use their devices and ka-ray-zee dead-enders!

Unlike Apple users and developers, which have one operating system on the desktop and another one on their phones, Windows will have a single ecosystem. App developers who write apps for the billions of Windows 10 PC users can run the same code on PCs.

And they'll run just as well on a device with 1 GB of RAM as they will on one with 16 GB of RAM because Microsoft is magic.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors he thinks the Apple Watch could lead into something in the future.

Could be. But investors like numbers and the numbers don't lie.

Very true. People lie with numbers -- like, for example, just off the top of the Macalope's head, making ridiculous comparisons between non-competing device sales -- but numbers themselves don't lie because they are mathematical constructs that help us explain the universe around us, yes, good point.

The Macalope was thinking it might be instructive to do the opposite of what Kranz has done, compare iPhone sales to sales of the Microsoft Band that Kranz is such a fan of, but it doesn't appear that Microsoft reported sales figures for the Band. Also, after a fruitless search online, it appears no one has bothered to estimate how many Bands Microsoft might have sold since its debut last fall. We can't say for certain that it's because no one cares but... it's probably because no one cares. It's a shame because, unlike that comparison or Krantz's, comparing Watch sales to Band sales might have been meaningful. Oh, well. When life gives you lemons, make comparisons to them.

(Tip o' the antlers to @JonyIveParody for the title.)


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