Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Jul 2014 11:37 UTC
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I'm lucky. My financial situation allows me to buy several phones and tablets every year to keep up with the goings-on of all the major - and some of the minor - platforms currently competing for prime real estate in your precious pockets. It also means that I am lucky from a psychological point of view - by being able to buy several devices every year, I never fall into the all-too-common trap of choice-supportive bias. I don't have to rationalise my device purchases after the fact, so I won't have to employ all sorts of mental gymnastics to solve any states of cognitive dissonance caused by hardware and software flaws - the number one cause of irrational fanboyism.

And so, I try to rotate my phone of choice around as much as possible. I enjoy jumping from Android to my N9, then onwards to Sailfish, back to Android, and then have some fun with Symbian on my E7 - and beyond. I've got a long list of platforms I want to add to the collection - one white BlackBerry Passport please - but in general, I'm pretty well-rounded.

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why three and not four or five
by martijn on Sat 26th Jul 2014 19:54 UTC
martijn
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2010-11-06

It takes not only a good OS and set of apps but also a sizable market share to be a major platform. If WP is a major platform, why not Jolla or especially Ubuntu phone. In my opinion the later is much more headed for the future, with the integration of smartphones and desktop experience. http://www.ubuntu.com/phone/operators-and-oems

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, as awesome as Jolla seems to be, it's a niche device that's only available in a few countries right now. It may become a big player one day, but that day is far off.

As for Ubuntu, it technically doesn't even exist yet as a phone OS. The only way to even use it is to install a demo version on one of about three compatible Nexus devices, one of which isn't even a phone. Even when you do that, it's stuck in demo mode with no actual functionality.

If anything, the fourth contender will be Blackberry, assuming they are able to stage a comeback with their new product line. I hope they can, but I don't see it happening.

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