The big news this Christmas was that the rush slowed down.
Flurry, a mobile measurement company, reports that Christmas app downloads were up only 11% from a year ago.
It's true that overall app sales were up 25% throughout December compared with 2012, but it adds up to a maturing market, at least in the Western Europe and English-speaking countries Flurry tracks.
Games, social apps, media apps and lifestyle apps were all popular at Christmas, but unlike the pattern of past years, the lifestyle segment trailed social and media, by a considerable margin.
That doesn't mean smartphone sales are going to slow. My own experience shows that batteries remain a big problem. Repeated recharges and discharges have left my Google (GOOG) Nexus phone tied to the wall almost as much as my laptop is.
Solutions are coming. Circuits can cut off recharging after a battery is full, as is done with laptops. New battery designs may prove more durable than those installed last year.
The bottom line is I'll need a new phone this year. You may, too.
The replacement cycle is also hitting the tablet and phablet markets. I spent Christmas Eve playing with a friend's small tablet that had become a "brick," failing to turn on. Our solution was to buy him a new phablet, from a different company.