Source: Verizon Wireless
quote: 4.3 million sold in what time span?
quote: Smartphone sales rose from 39 percent in Q3 2011 to 44 percent in Q4 2011. And the iPhone was king at Verizon. Of the 7.7m smartphones sold by the carrier in Q4 2011, 4.3m (~55%) were iPhones. Again, take that figure in -- the iPhone outsold all Android phones combined on America's largest carrier.
quote: Don't know how I missed that. Guess there were a lot of numbers, but there you go.
quote: However, how long it can keep guessing the "next big thing" smartphone-wise with Jobs gone remains to be seen. Both Windows Phone and ICS slick GUIs make the current iOS build look like it belongs on a Palm device of the 90s.
quote: Same screen, same form factor, same EVERYTHING. Only the hardware improves and that's something expected in new generation phones, not a bonus.
quote: I'd argue that moving from cheap TN panels to IPS for wide viewing angles and color accuracy and being able to push past 300 dpi was a major change from the original iPhone. I don't think anyone would confuse the display between the original iPhone and iPhone 4/4S.What was probably the major innovation post-iPhone launch was the App Store. Previously, the carriers controlled development access to mobile phones so one middle-man was eliminated. Ability to self-publish, flexible pricing, and a well defined distribution channel were all major changes from how things were before. Apple taking a stand against carrier bloatware and Apple offering a consistent stream of OS updates are also noteworthy differences to how most smartphones operate.
quote: Your Android also has a lower DPI screen
quote: far, far slower GPU (at least 2x slower) than the iPhone 4S.
quote: It also has no access to Siri
quote: no integrated wireless streaming to TV
quote: a smaller app store (missing various key apps depending on your country)
quote: and worse battery life.
quote: Being a brick width wise makes the 'thin' argument a bit irrelevant too.
quote: We're talking about innovation, not profits. Sure they've gotten by the past 4 years with their typical cult-like persona and market appeal, but just sitting on your hands relying on that is NOT innovative at all.
quote: The OS Android essentially copied
quote: I think they would be served well by offering a regular iPhone and an XL iPhone and letting the market decide which size it prefers.
quote: Holc2a, no, no they are not. You honestly think that Apple created the concept of standardized parts among various products to reduce parts cost? I just figured since we are past the second industrial revolution era that this was a common concept.
quote: But in the short term Apple will do well as it has the brand image cornered. It's easy for us technophiles to get overly caught up in our own world and forget that. It all gets back to the P.T. Barnum quote. Savvy customers are in the minority; Apple knows how to stroke the egos of the unwashed masses like none other.
quote: Should be just a matter of time until an LTE iPhone will be among us. I'm sure they're working on the battery drain conundrum.
quote: Apple surged back with the launch of the iPhone 4S and its iconic voice-controlled assistant, Siri.
quote: what? nobody argues that android phones aren't as good hardware wise.
quote: For now, though, Apple and its fans can simply savor the thrill of being back near the top of the U.S. smartphone market -- even if challenges await.