Sources: Wall Street Journal, Daring Fireball
quote: It's gotten to where I truly pity anyone carrying an iPhone.
quote: Exhibit #1 in the "Apple users tend to be Sheeple" category.
quote: 3.5 inches was the perfect size back when the iPhone was first released. Times change, so if they do release an iPhone with a 4+ inch screen, then clearly a larger size is now perfect for the types of tasks we now do on smartphones.
quote: Most people buy iPhones because of the software, responsiveness and overall aesthetics.
quote: What about the hardware features and functionality I require for my mobile computing needs? You don't get to the software without first going through the hardware. It all matters depending on what the owner's needs are. You can fit many people's needs into one device, but others may have different needs where different devices work better.
quote: Apple picked 3.5 inches in 2007 because it was both a size they were comfortable with and because of what smartphone needs were like in 2007.
quote: You're not being a rugged individual by buying Android from a Korean megacorporation.
quote: "Android" is on phones from little flip-phone cellphones and all form factors on up. What do you mean "bigger is better" myth? Only a small majority of Android phones have massive screens. The point is you can find something that suits your needs. Unlike Apple. Apple tells you what your needs are.
quote: “There is no doubt that some people would prefer a bigger screen. But nor is there any doubt that many other people would not. I wouldn’t,” wrote Daring Fireball’s John Gruber back in October. “I like to see things get smaller, not bigger. Bigger is not necessarily better. Apple decided on the optimal size for an iPhone display back in 2006. If they thought 4-inches was better, overall, as the one true size for the iPhone display, then the original iPhone would have had a 4-inch display.”
quote: You get ONE tablet form factor, ONE phone form factor, go suck eggs if you don't like them.
quote: You cannot compare a "Mobile OS" with a fully fledged Tech. Company.You should only be comparing specific Android to iOS, seeing graphs who's figures measure an "OS" against "a company" does not reflect equally.
quote: It remains to be seen how profitable Google could be if they were to go down the route of designing and building their own line of Phones/Tablets and then strongarming OEM's, carriers and the like for favourable contracts. There's enough people out there that just flat-out dislike Apple to go with them that it could be hugely profitable.
quote: Also, legitimate Android Activations just went 126% Year on Year growth for Q1 2012, giving a global market share of 59%.
quote: I predict those gillions of people who have scoffed at Android devices and their "way too big screens" will simply forget the years of proclaiming that 3.5" was the only viable size because Jobs told them so, and line up and buy the iPhone no matter what.
quote: There was no such THING as a 4+" multi-touch panel in 2007
quote: The technology at the time to make a workable 4"+ retina display was simply NOT cost effective. Those are the facts. Yes, that IS how economics work.
quote: LMAO I have only ever owned 2 Apple devices!!
quote: That's two more devices than someone with a brain and self respect would have bought.
quote: have a brain and self respect. I bought 4 Apple devices and am planning to buy a fifth.
quote: What happens when Apple makes major changes that people DON'T like, yet offers no alternative to get something in the way they used to like? If quadrillions of people are convinced that 3.5" is the perfect screen size and they don't want a change, what happens when the iPhone evolves into a 4+" form factor?
quote: Only thing I can think of for this is because even though the iPhone4 screen is smaller it provides much better quality/resolution so android phones need the extra size just to be able to be read as easily.