I love how you all talk about specs and what's getting old or falling behind like the average consumer knows or cares about any of this. This spec war is exactly what's wrong with OEMs today. Although I hate Apple products with a passion, business-wise Apple is - I should say Steve Jobs was - smart. They understand people don't care about specs. The average consumer wants a status symbol. Why is the Samsung Galaxy S4 successful? Is it because of that Snapdragon 800 processor? No, it's because it's a status symbol! How on Earth does the Apple iPhone manage to sell so many devices every year when it is technologically inferior? Because its a status symbol!
It takes years to create a status symbol, but if Nokia keeps differentiating their phones long enough, Windows Phone will eventually take second or even first spot. When the first Android devices were released, people thought it was just a copy of iOS. To be honest, it kind of was. However, it succeeded for two major reasons. One, these devices were cheaper than iPhones. Two, they were different. Windows Phones may never be able to hit the exact price points of Android devices, - unless Microsoft really does waive licensing fees altogether - but they've already hit one mark.
They're so different to the point that this difference is noticeable. "Curiosity killed the cat", as they say. Curiosity sparks interest. Most people are followers, and so may never venture from Android devices and iPhones on their own. However, the (social) leaders of the world will always look for something to set themselves apart. Once they've moved to Windows Phones, everyone else will follow.