While I disagree with your earlier point paraphrased as fragmentation is a myth, you do bring up great points.
Most iPhone users don't understand that with Android being hardware agnostic not every phone made with Android is intended to ever be an iPhone competitor.
The HTC Status is one of those phones...those Metro PCS phones are those phones...
of the hundreds of Android devices in the history of the OS only a small percentage were ever meant to be iPhone competitors...the rest were meant to be good enough, and that shows.
When Apple releases a non flagship iPhone then he may have a point.
But being he is not open-minded enough to attempt to understand an eco-system that isn't Apple he cannot understand those facts.
This is extremely eye-opening! I wonder if most vocal Android users understand this.
Someone in this thread was talking about Apple fans here having a double-standard regarding the motivations for upgrading (iPhone users because they are happy with phone, Android users because they are unhappy with phone); but here's a mother of a double standard:
"of the hundreds of Android devices in the history of the OS only a small percentage were ever meant to be iPhone competitors...the rest were meant to be good enough, and that shows."
And yet, "Android" market share is constantly trumpeted. "Android" is said to be "winning". Apple is "failing" because the iPhone didn't gain as much new share as "Android" (all versions of all variants on all manner of what we now know to be non-competitive devices, and also including such things as the Nook and Fire which don't really benefit Google at all).
It's never Android vs iOS -- which would include iPads and iPod Touches (not to mention Apple TVs -- must be as many Apple TV sales as Samsung Tabs).
It's never one Android phone model against the iPhone. (Hint: the 4S, 4, 3GS, or any combination of iPhone models actually on sale at any one time are the number 1, 2, 3 best selling handsets in the world, period).
It's never even all the phone models of one hardware manufacturer (such as the whole portfolio of Samsung or HTC) against the iPhone (current and previous 12-24 month old model).
No, no, it's always "Android" against the iPhone.
(Kind of like how 99% of the world's PC's ran Windows ...but that included cash registers and petrol pumps -- hey, they weren't really meant to compete with Macs, but, hey, you know, we just want you to know how inevitable it is that one day you will be assimilated into the borg.)
And now, now, here we find out that most Android phones aren't even really meant to compete with the iPhone. Whoah, what a revelation! Blows my mind. Most iPhone users don't understand the non-competitive nature of most Android phones? Oh, really? My two-year old can tell you about (or rather show you) the non-competitive nature of most Android phones. Thanks, though!