Newsletter Issue #773: It’s Not Just About Size

September 22nd, 2014

When Apple decided — some say relented — to produce two iPhones with larger display sizes, you can say the sucked the air out of the room when it came to the main reason to choose an Android smartphone. The argument was the fact that the iPhone was “stuck” at four inches, which some regard as a too small for such a device.

Of course, there was a time when the original 3.5-inch iPhones were considered large, and the competition sought to find ways to compete. An easy solution: A larger display. But that brings with it other problems, such as the impact to battery life and image quality. Not all solutions worked so well.

So it didn’t come as a surprise to see Samsung running ads informing you that they had large smartphones first. Other than to draw attention to the existence of the iPhone 6, I hardly see the value. If you are buying a product now, does it really matter who came first with a feature? After all, there were smartphones before the iPhone even existed, as if that matters, and it’s not as if BlackBerry still manages to succeed because they arrived before Apple.

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