IT World Names Best & Most Disappointing Mobile Platforms: Hint-No Mention of iPhone or BlackBerry

The end of the calendar year is a good thing for list-lovers like me. Here’s another fun list to mull over from…

Great and Disappointing Operating Systems of the Decade

The desktop winners and losers are interesting to read about. But, if you are reading this blog, you are probably more interested in the mobile operating items in the list. Only two mobile operating systems are mentioned in this list. And, surprisingly, neither one is Apple’s iPhone OS.

IT World says the big mobile operating system loser is Microsoft’s Windows Mobile. This is somewhat ironic since Windows Mobile was considered one of the big winners just a few years ago. It just goes to show you that “it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish” (lyrics by Dorothy Fields). It may be ironic, but later in the song, other lyrics read “If you start at the top, you’re certain to drop”. Until the iPhone came along less than 3 years ago, it looked like a two horse race between RIM and Microsoft with both looking over their shoulders at Nokia which had and still has the largest percentage of total phone sales.

So, if Windows Mobile is the most disappointing mobile platform, what’s the best? Symbian S60, webOS, iPhone OS, and RIM’s BlackBerry OS all failed to be mentioned. Instead, Google’s relatively new (just over a year old since release) Android gets the win.

Interesting choices even though I may not be in total agreement, I can’t really argue too strongly against either choice.