Originally Posted by bbydon
How many OTHER smartphones with a 3.5" or smaller screen are available new on AT&T or Verizon or Sprint right now that aren't also half-keyboard (a-la Blackberry)?
Verizon: 5 out of 22, all less than $100 on contract; no marquee phone less than 4" (most 4.3).
Sprint: 5 out of 14, all less than $100 on contract.
AT&T: 5 out of 16, and 4 are sliders, with most costing between 0 and 1 cent.
Look, I can only speak for myself - not surveys or marketing or whether "the most successful company in the world" can do no wrong. For me, there is no longer sufficient iOS advantage to outweigh using an outmoded screen size from a competitor. I love the way Apple builds products and the design of iOS, but I have many, many, many more choices now than I did two years ago. My fingers can barely fit on the 3.5" screen for pinch-zooming, and my eyes have been ravaged by 20 years in IT, so if we see another iPhone 4 on Tuesday, I'll probably pick up a Galaxy S2 by Friday.
(details of quick survey - 3.5" or smaller screens - a.k.a. "The Bargain Bin":
- LG Equilibrium $80
- Motorola Citrus $0
- Samsung Continuum $50
- Palm Pre 2 $50
- LG V-something $40
- Kyocera Milano $50
- HTC Evo Shift $50(?)
- LG Optimus $40
- Samsung Conquer $99.99
- Samsung Transform $50
- LG Quantum $50
- HP Veer $0.01 (slider)
- LG Phoenix $0.01
- Pantech Crossover $0 (slider)
- Sharp FX $0 (slider)
- Blackberry Torch $30 (slider)