NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- When it comes to picking the most likely winner of the ever-growing and at times vile competition that exists within the world of smartphones and mobile devices, you can never go wrong by selecting technology giant Apple (AAPL - Get Report) against the field.That group consists of Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Research in Motion (RIMM). While these are certainly formidable opponents for Apple, it's always been like picking Tiger Woods. Because we knew the outcome of the golf match even before everyone teed off, bets were being placed only on the margin of victory.
If that sounds familiar, it's because this is something that every good CEO in an competitive environment should know. It was also said by Sun Tzu in "The Art of War." If you have been observing the cut-throat industry that is the tech sector, "warfare" and putting each other out of business is the only way to describe their corporate missions. But I also think Bezos is smart enough to see this as an opening to exploit the problems facing not only RIM with its product delays, but also Nokia's (NOK) relevance. Furthermore, it is no coincidence this news is coming out as both Apple and Microsoft are due to release new phones of their own. Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 5 is said to be due out in September, while Microsoft's Windows phone is due for release along with its Surface tablet this fall.