Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
I thought Blackberry was dead?
Realistically though, there's only 3 "major" players in the smartphone field. How they can claim their way to fame in the top 3, when there was only those 3 to begin with (honestly......), is beyond me.
To begin with? Blackberry might be 'dead' now, but they were far from it a few years ago. I will say this, Microsoft missed a gigantic opportunity to innovate the mobile segment. Windows mobile 6.5, imo, had alot going for it when the original iPhone came out. Microsoft squandered so much of their lead over the next 4 years, that by 2011, windows mobile was irrelevant. The major players were iOS, Blackberry, WinMo, and Palm in 2008; iOS, Blackberry, Android in 2009-2011, iOS and Android have led the pack since 2011, with Blackberry, up until 2013, being clearly utilized as a niche business product and fading into obscurity. Many analysts are saying Windows Phone may overtake Apple in world wide units at some point to become the second leading OS. I still think iOS is the most refined and polished experience with substantially less fragmentation, but there are so many things I dislike about iOS (locked down, gimmicks that limited previous users when hardware clearly supports the feature - see Siri for iPhone 4s and not 4, little to no new practical innovation year after year, etc...). However, if windows can become a just as refined, less locked down but super sleek viable alternative, I'm all for it!