This is why i think I'm becoming stupid.
Bigger phones with twice the battery life of the iphone : check (Note, Maxx, etc)
Bigger phones with similar or better build quality: check (htc one)
Bigger phones with great looks: check (htc one, Moto X)
Bigger phones with screens better than the one used on the iphone on every metric: check (htc one)
Phones just a bit bigger with much bigger screens: check.
I really hope that they are waiting for something to regain better-screen status, like IGZO and leading materials, like liquidmetal.
What are the tradeoffs, again?
Notice all your example were not well meet by the buying public. Apple obviously understand something that most cell phone companies and the public does not understand that well. It is obvious that screen size was not the major determining factor in a cell phone purchase otherwise Apple would have made the adjustment.
Apple has shown time and time again they understand the purchasing habits of consumers and what things they hold at a higher value over other things. It would be as simple as they rather the phone fit in their pocket over a larger screen, fitting into the pocket has a higher value of screen size. You may not agree, but if 90% of the consumer want pocket fitting phone do you think Apple is going to focus on the 10% of the population who as a bigger screen.
When you put feature into a product not all features have the same value, the worse companies either try to put all the feature into one product which sucks as an all in one, or they make a number of different product with various feature sets in hopes of getting 100% of markets requires using lots of different products which cost lots. Or you do what Apple does which us to understand which feature has higher value and then rank those features on a value scale and make one product that delivers the highs value to the most number of people.
You can do this with Market research, but this take time and you would loose out to the market because you are late. Or you have Steve Jobs who seems to understand what people valued the most make the decision and move forward before the competition figures it out.
Edited by Maestro64 - 9/3/13 at 2:06pm