Originally Posted by Lukeskymac
When Apple re-releases the iPhone 3GS as a $200 contract-free smartphone, Android growth will flat-out
I think that's the most important point. These predictions are made based on the fact that nothing will change.
Apple dropped a bomb with the iPad and extended the smartphone to a mobile platform, making companies that don't have a tablet look a bit dated.
These current predictions are based on Apple only staying in the top end of the market and not contesting the bottom end. If Apple release a budget iPhone to take on Android and WP7 then these predictions will have to be revised again.
That said, I think it will be a strange world where WP7 doesn't have at least a certain amount of success.
It really is a fantastic OS. If I couldn't have my iPhone I'd pick WP7 over the alternatives in a heartbeat.
If we were just looking at how the base OS fits together it's actually class leading... however it's missing critical features (like tethering) and a mobile platform (there's no tablet).