Mind you, what is different this time is that the wireless handset is tied to the carrier, which can impose its own set of limits. So the "openness" of Android may not be open enough to eliminate Apple from the running this time. What made Windows the winner last time (in addition to anticompetitive practices once it got big enough) was essentially a version of the "long tail" phenomenon. The ability to create and market applications easily made windows machines just more overall useful to users, even if the Apple machines were better for most purposes. The fact that you could the MS machines for more purposes made DOS machines a better buy.