Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 17:24 UTC

2013 was nothing less than a blockbuster success for Windows Phone, which went from industry also-ran to the undisputed third mobile ecosystem, and is poised to challenge iPhone for the number two spot. You didn't think it could get this good? That's OK, neither did I.

Windows Phone seemingly turns a corner with every new application, small operating system update, and new Nokia Lumia. It's turning so many corners it's running in circles.

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New phone
by lancealot on Wed 18th Dec 2013 18:45 UTC
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I recently purchased a new phone, and I really wanted to consider a Windows phone (Lumia 1020) or even a Blackberry. When it came down to it my only two legitimate choices ended up being a iPhone or Android phone because they supported two important apps I needed (bank app and business voip app). So really the choice came down to app support for myself. WP didn't have the applications I needed, and BB might have worked using the Android emulation layer, but I didn't want to take my chances on app stability. In addition I liked the keyboard replacements for Android (Swiftkey) over all of the other keyboards out there (BB10 keyboard comes in a close second). So in the end I ended up getting a Nexus 5 because of the features and price. I couldn't be happier, this phone is a huge improvement over my previous Gingerbread phone (HTC Evo).

I know people have different reasons to choose a phone, but in my case it was app support. I really wanted a Lumia 1020 for the camera, or a Blackberry Z30 for QNX, but ultimately the choice came down to the phone that suited all my needs, and that was the Nexus 5 (features, app support, and price).

This might have all been different if Blackberry would support the Google PlayStore. If Blackberry wants real consumer market share, then offering the ability to use the PlayStore as a option would be huge considering their new OS supports Android 4.2.2 now. I know they might have to bow to Google to some requirements for this to happen, but I see benefits for them both. The only device I know to have accomplished this for the most part has been the Nook. Too bad Blackberry couldn't have done something similar.

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