wizard69, I normally really enjoy your posts but I felt your tone was a bit too harsh. I had not attacked you in any way, why are you so aggressive?
Are you in a bad mood? If so, that's OK, we all have your bad days...
I feel you were generalizing too much (while perhaps only speaking for yourself?).
Different people have different preferences.
And that does not make them fools or irrational.
Rational people don't care what the iPhone looks like, they realize the important thing is the screen and that the rest gets covered with a case.
I do not like cases for example. What is the point of buying a beautifully designed object - only to put it in a cheap plastic or silicone case? Might as well buy a cheap plastic object in the first place! At least design-wise there would be little difference.
To me this is akin to buying the latest Audi car model, removing the chassis and putting it into a cheap generic brand chassis. Yeah, you get the same motor and speed, but the ride won't feel the same...
I get enjoyment from holding - directly and immediately - a beautifully designed item in my hand. Maybe this is not 'rational', but it has value to me.
To protect the phone when not in use I carry it in a leather sleeve e.g. the Sena Ultraslim. And the fact that such sleeves exist tells me that I am not the only person who does not want a case that covers everything but the screen.
You haven't matured past the idea that a cell phone is a fashion accessory. It isn't anymore, Apple has turned the cell phone into a powerful pocketable tool.
As Joe Blue was saying, the real winner is having both: a fashion accessory that is also a highly capable phone.
Why limit yourself to one of the two? Is that 'rational'?
I'm all for a larger screen but that really has nothing to do with voice commands.
This is how you see it. I see it differently: for someone who can barely read tiny text on a small screen a solution could be a voice interface: speaking commands into the phone and receiving results spoken. Yet a better solution is probably just a bigger screen.
For these people Apple does not really offer any iPhone and forces them to shop elsewhere.
If all iPhone models have the same screen size, none of their other options are real choices.
Even Macs and iPods come with different screen sizes.
No need for such strong language. I have not insulted you, why do you insult me?
Maybe you haven't noticed but IPad isn't optimal for movies and never will be with the current aspect ratio.
I was not talking about iPads but Android tablets being offered at 'HD' resolutions. And many of these tablets have 16:9 aspect ratios.
Maybe you would never watch any movies on your iPad, but there are a lot of people who do want to show their own HD home movies to other people on a portable screen that is larger than a mobile phone.
To quote you 'they realize the important thing is the screen' and as such an Android tablet with an HD resolution is
a more compelling product than the current iPad.
Underestimating the competition is what allowed the iPhone to become so big in the first place.
Apple should just not make the same mistake as well.