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Nokia, HTC, and Sony the most deserving of a second shot according to our readers (poll results)

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Nokia, HTC, and Sony the most deserving of a second shot according to our readers (poll results)
On a rare occasion, it's not too difficult to pinpoint a particular event that led to the ruin of an organization—any organization. With BlackBerry, for example, the consensus is that the company's refusal (or insufficient foresight) to acknowledge touch screens as the dominant form factor of the future is what led to its transformation from a juggernaut to an essential 'Nobody'. 

More often, however, things are not so clear cut, and there's no consensus to speak of—and perhaps for a good reason. Using HTC for an example, the Android pioneer has fallen out of favor for what is most likely a multitude of reasons, including its consistently under-performing cameras. With Nokia, its bet on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform never paid off, allowing the latter giant to absorb the former's handset division. And then run it into the ground—as of the end of 2015, Microsoft accounts for under 2% of the world's smartphone population.

And yet, when we're talking about companies as firmly entrenched in the public's mind, and despite their sometimes questionable decisions, losing a company to oblivion is rarely a good thing. As consumers, we want our variety, and we want the spirit and talent of old to not only be given a second chance, but to be worthy of it. So yesterday we asked you to vote for one of the several currently troubled companies that you believe most deserves a second shot. Nearly 2,000 of you voted.

By and far, Nokia—the de-facto forefather of the mobile phone—wins the popular vote, with a share of over 40% of all votes. Far behind, but bunched up together, come HTC and Sony, with 23% and 20% of the vote. Microsoft received the least votes, though BlackBerry wasn't much farther ahead.

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These companies have fallen out of favor, which one do you think most deserves a second shot?
Sony 20.19% (404 votes) (404 votes)
HTC 23.09% (462 votes) (462 votes)
Nokia 40.73% (815 votes) (815 votes)
Microsoft 7.15% (143 votes) (143 votes)
BlackBerry 8.85% (177 votes) (177 votes)

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posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:40 2

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

Nokia, they ripped of the iPad mini and called the N1

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 11:29 7

8. Nokya (unregistered)

Apple, they ripped of the Nokia n9 and called the iPad nano

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 20:18 1

11. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

iPad nano? what?

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 07:50

12. Nokya (unregistered)


posted on 29 Mar 2016, 12:01 2

10. SIGPRO (Posts: 1882; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Sure......you know that Nokia was one of the first to release a tablet years before Apple did?
Apple is just a copycat maybe 1% they invented, the rest was copied or stolen!

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:41 2

2. dil2abu (Posts: 315; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

There should have been all of the above option..
As expected Nokia deserves the second chance.. Will you come back Nokia? Plz?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:49 4

3. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2108; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

No mention of Palm, the Godfather of smartphones. Killed off by a sadistic egomaniac (Leo Apotheker) as part of the Mother of All F***ups.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 09:05

4. Bernoulli (Posts: 4327; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Unexpected winner but even though they may vote for Nokia they likely won't get a handset if they did make a comeback.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 09:20 2

5. handsomparis (Posts: 75; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)

I vote for Nokia I think out all companies if Nokia was given a second chance I think they would take advantage of it and make it work

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 09:22 3

6. legiloca (Posts: 1461; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

HTC- slowly but surely learning from their mistakes (updates became faster) hopefully we could really see some solid boomboxes this year :)
Sony- still stuck in what they believe is a winning design formula coupled with slow market release, slow updates and relatively bug infested UI
Nokia- boy I still have this gut feeling you will come back stronger than ever!
Blackberry- meh.. good job with the security updates though
Microsoft- more and more companies pulled their support out so the picture is certainly looking bleak.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 11:40

13. xperiaZlover (Posts: 202; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)

I don't agree with your term bug infested ui.
So far i have not seen any major bugs.
Even if there were bugs sony will update to new firmwares making the device almost bugless.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 14:28

14. legiloca (Posts: 1461; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

people are already annoyed by 2 factors: 1, it is the manufacturer's responsibility to at least eliminate almost all bugs before even letting the public get a hold of heir product, and 2. Sony is freaking slow at updates

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 09:46

7. alexvv (Posts: 165; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)

many would like the return of nokia, but sadly that's not possible anymore... i mean it would have happened already.. microsoft are stubborn as hell and don't learn from their mistakes, blackberry could have their profits lifted if they continue producing android smartphones, htc are learning from their mistakes but slow as hell and are still too expensive and sony has a large fan base but needs to do something soon about their software and marketing, otherwise their products are quite good.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 11:36 2

9. sks1969 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)

Nothing to think too much about this one it is Nokia. They are the one of the first to do many things in this mobile world. They really do good design, both hardware, software and mechanical. Very few companies do that today. Every feature that they do, is useful to the end user, Glance screen, the camera, awesome microphones, OIS in a phone camera, superb image processing, battery performance, antenna performance, I could go on... Almost every company out there is using something that Nokia made first. If they come back we could get all of that stuff back. They have the end user in the mind when they make a feature. they do it to please the enduser first and then make money out of it. The other companies do it the other way around that. I am glad that people are seeing this and giving them a second chance 40% that is impressive.

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