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  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    As an example of what I mean, this year we had to go car shopping and we test drove almost every maker. We ultimately bought a Honda, because even though it did not have the latest and greatest bells and whistles, Honda was solid. When you shut the doors you heard and felt quality. Sometimes having more features offers more to go wrong or get old when the novelty wears off. Other car makers would give you deeper discounts, upgrades, and financing, but Honda was just a better investment. Our Honda will last a long time, because we don't turn in a car just so we can get the latest and greatest gadgets.

    I feel the same way about Apple products.
    Feb 2 06:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    I forgot to tell you that an iPhone can also be a cash register for anyone offering products and services.
    Feb 2 05:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    Veruca Salt demands, "Daddy, I want my phablet, and I want it now!"
    "But sweetheart that doesn't make sense...," Her father pleads.

    Phablets do not make sense. While I have no problem looking up stuff, I understand that the primary purpose of a smartphone isnt browsing. What is does do and what makes sense.

    1. It makes phone calls.
    2. It is a camera
    3. It is a video camera
    4. It is a texting device
    5. It allows you to look up stuff quick.
    6. It is a streaming device that can stream from any radio station in the world.
    7. It is a mp3 player you can take when you work out or go running.
    8. It is an email device.
    9. Acts as a magnifier and light when your son gets something in his foot.
    10. It is a recording device to make voice memos
    11. It is a calendar and travel clock.
    12. Accessing social media especially Twitter but also Facebook.

    The iphone may not be an e-book reader or web surfing machine, it does have multiple functions despite its small size. The iphone's size is a benefit because you can answer a text while carrying groceries, or holding onto a bar on a subway, or carrying packages while in line at the post office. The iphone will probably get a larger screen but I hope it doesnt get bigger. I think getting a better voice assistant, SLR quality camera, and improved mp3 functions. I think that Apple can and will do this.

    iPads are for reading e-books, interactive textbooks, and recipes. iPads are excellent for watching movies (although you could hook up your iphone to your teevee via netflix) and teevee shows. iPad are great for editing movies and photos and you can create and present Keynote presentations. You can browse websites, blogs, social media, and news. You can shop online, manage accounts and investing, answer email, and use Skype or Facetime to talk to friends and family. iPads are perfect for learning. Schools across the county are using or piloting iPads as instructional tools for kids as Apple has had a very long and extensive relationship with education. iPads can ultimately save money with interactive textbooks which woud be cheaper to keep updated than print. There are countless educational applications that students of all ages can use.

    iPads can be used for designers as well and can be great as taking notes, or having teleconferencing.
    iPads are for consuming and interacting with a wide amount of content.

    I think that there is still a market for computers where you have to work with writing large amounts of material for reports, compiling and analyzing a lot of data, composing long emails or a lots of emails. You really need an attached keyboard as one unit. I like being able to do work on my lap top while talking to video skype, make lengthy replies on social media and certain financial boards, and just pull in work I do on the iPad and iPhone. I love the ability to not worry about a hard disk and put stuff up on the cloud and then pull it down on other devices.

    I adore the Macbook Air and think that the design is just sublime. A friend of mine crunches a huge amount of data for research and does real science on hers and I have no doubt that I can accomplish a lot on mine.

    I think the analysts and many investors do not understand that Apple is more than individual parts, it has always been envisioned as a holistic self-contained universe where everything is connected and it is all connected with and understanding of the merging of art and technology. Its DNA is encoded with the techwonk of Woz, the marketing and imaginative design of Jobs, with Movies, Music, art, and education.

    Apple products are for people who do not time to fiddle with their stuff. They want to create and get stuff done without having to take time to defrag your hard drive, research what virus or trojan horse you got, or fearing the blue screen of death. Apple products are for people who are tired buying products from people who would rather do something else than help you and do not care what your experience is like. Life is too short to fiddle with tech stuff that doesn't matter.

    Being able to customize your screens or having additional screen size doesn't make up for the lack of quality.

    People are willing to spend more even in an economy that was struggling to get a superior experience and quality products that last and are not subject to the whim of fads or trends. Apple cannot be compared to any other company because it does think differently than any other company.

    This is why I buy Apple stock even when the bean counters who have sucked out the soul of companies make their eulogies to Apple. This is why I buy Apple stock despite the nay-sayers. Nay-sayers got to nay-say, so let them.
    Feb 2 05:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    OMG! Forget investing in devices, we should be investing in man-purses! ;-)
    Feb 1 05:26 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple absolutely has to make an iPhone with a bigger screen," iPhone 5 owner Henry Blodget declares. While Apple (AAPL +0.1%) insists on using relatively small display sizes to guarantee effective one-handed iPhone use, devices such as Samsung's Galaxy S III (4.8" display) make the iPhone 5 look "puny and sad in comparison."  The iPhone 5's display size doesn't seem to be affecting its U.S. position much, as Strategy Analytics' numbers demonstrate, but international markets appear to be a different story. [View news story]
    I use my iPhone 4 for shooting video and photography. There is a huge community around iPhonography. As a camera it is a great size and you get excellent results. People have shot professional quality commercials and movies on iPhone 4. The fact that iPhones have superior cameras and optics to other phones were a huge selling point. iPhones are certainly replacing the point and shoot, but what if they could replace DSLR cameras and video that be operated with one hand?

    I also use my phone as a radio and work out to pandora. I certainly do not want anything larger.i watch movies on my iPad or my MacBook Air. I am not fond of e-readers. I prefer real books as an escape from the world of screens.
    Feb 1 03:55 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lessons From Microsoft: An Outlook On Apple [View article]
    I have been doing work with Adobe products professionally since the early 1990s, I tried graphic pen peripherals over the years and they end up on the heap, so I got very good working with a mouse. No matter how you tweek them they are either too slow or to fast, chunky, or just a pain. Plus, if you are going to do serious graphics work, you need the best resolution screen you can find which isn't on the Samsung. If the stylus system was workable (many reviewers still say the Samsung stylus is buggy), I would want a larger screen and have it dedicated to work, not act as my phone. Hybrids of all kinds have the same problem, they do neither of the functions as well as the two or more dedicated devices.
    Jan 29 11:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lessons From Microsoft: An Outlook On Apple [View article]
    With an iPhone 5 You only miss out on having t-mobile or us cellular as a carrier and a larger screen. The larger phone and having to use a stylus will be difficult to operate and the apps are slow despite the quadcore processor. The Note has complicated interface. Samsungs display brightness is below category average. The graphics is far below the category average. Both iPhone 5 and 4s is way beyond any smartphone for brightness. A Voice has been called the worst voice assistant out there.

    Apple founder Jobs hated styluses so fortunately there will never be an iPhone with s stylus. Phones need to be fully functional one handed. Universally, iPhones are rated top tier in every tech review. The note 2 has amazing battery life, but its size and stylus is going to keep it from mass appeal.

    If you have a 4s it is less an upgrade for you than people with 3GS and 4. Since I love my 4 I decided to wait for the six and instead get a MacBook Air.
    Jan 28 07:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Brand-Image Matters More Than Innovation [View article]
    When you look at the their attempt to create an Apple-killer via the BB Torch it fell short on many counts not just software when you compare it to the IPhone 4. The screen was not as good, the apps weren't as good, the camera wasn't as good. It was slower than the iPhone 4. The iPhone had better battery life and had a front facing camera that Torch did not. Torch did not even standout from the standard non-apple phone. They had a shot to wow us but failed. This was a time where I was a blackberry user and was looking for a smartphone. It was sad and the user reviews were miserable.
    Jan 28 05:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Brand-Image Matters More Than Innovation [View article]
    But if you look at the reviews between Galaxy Siii vs IPhone 5 while Galaxy is larger the quality of that screen was questioned in terms of clarity and brightness. The galaxy may have features but can they execute them to the level of Apple? The track record of RIMM on Smartphones has been dismal. Can RIMM turn it around and overtake Apple? Can Samsung? Where is the track record in comparison to Apple's track record?
    Jan 28 01:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Brand-Image Matters More Than Innovation [View article]
    Doesn't anyone read tech reviews by people who know how to run benchmark tests? You will find that iPhones are considered top tier phones and they execute a better phone every time. Where do people get this idea that they only are a fashion statement? Apple products have an 88-90% customer retention rate. No tech company has that. If you want a quality product you turn to Apple.
    Jan 28 12:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple The 2000 Cisco/Microsoft Of Today? [View article]
    The problem with doing this is Apple is not just a phone company, but a computer company, a device company, a software and content delivery system, a retail company, and information storage company. They have found multiple ways to make money on everything they do. They do not care if one product of theirs eats into another's profits. Apple had already innovated in other areas before innovating smartphones, and then went on innovating. RIMM tried to bring to market their large screen smartphone and failed to execute. The NOK phone still hasn't risen to the level of the iPhone in quality. If you cannot execute your only line of business to a high level of a company that has its hands into so much more, you cannot be in the same class.
    Jan 28 10:45 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Growth Story Is Over [View article]
    You cannot compare Blackberries to AAPL. Blackberries were only phones, text, and email devices that were not connected to other devices and services. They were great for work because it allowed you to focus on work, but their screens were too small and their large screen version was a dud. I bought a Blackberry because my husband didn't want me to buy an iPhone because he really hates smartphones -- all smartphones. I was able to get a blackberry for dirt cheap.

    iPhones sell because it is a higher quality smartphone. Tech reviews have always rated them high tier. Customer retention is 88-90% which is insanely high for any product especially a product that is more expensive. During the worst economic downturn people bought iphones even though there were cheaper versions. They feel solid state and sleek in your hand. Apple products have a great hand feel. They feel substantial without being bulky.
    Jan 27 11:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Growth Story Is Over [View article]
    Actually, more and more small businesses I know are turning to Macs because they are tired of having to spend man hours and expense babying PCs. PCs require IT resources or you have to spend money for a PC contractor to fix PCs. I have worked for both PC and Mac businesses. With PCs you get viruses, fragmented discs, error messages, trojan horses, reboots, blue screens. With Macs you have more problems with peripherals attached to them than the actual machine. With Macs you can focus on your work rather than constantly have to fiddle with a PC in order to get work done. In terms of productivity Apple products save time and let you get to work.
    Jan 27 11:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Is Still A Buy Even Though Amazon And Google Have Better Products [View article]
    I don't think there is data to support your contention that Samsung has Apple beat in tech innovation. Apple innovated the smartphone, and Samsung jumped on Apple's coattails and added to what Apple created. What has Samsung innovated? Technical innovation is where you create something that looks so different from anything that has existed before. Apple did that with the iPod, iPad, iPhone, and iMac. Samsung does not have any history of innovation. They take Apple's innovations and make a cheaper version of them.
    When you read tech reviews you will find that Samsung SIII isn't even the superior Android phone. Tech reviews still put the iPhones at the top.
    What we are dealing with is manipulation of the market, pure and simple. This has nothing to do with Apple's technology or innovative potential.
    Jan 27 10:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Is Still A Buy Even Though Amazon And Google Have Better Products [View article]
    Since you and I have normally have had excellent experiences at Apple Stores, this one event could have been an outlier. I usually go to an Apple store in Corte Madera in Marin and no matter how crowded it gets I get attention. I have universally had negative experiences with PC/Android vendors because you have people who are unhappy retail workers who often know less than the customers especially if you do your research before you buy. I bought my iPhone4 in May 2011 because the camera was superior and you did not have to spend time customizing it to get it to work the way you wanted. I also bought the iPhone because it just felt better than the other phones and the Apple Store was so pleasant.

    The last time I was at an Apple Store was this fall when my iphone was dropped and the backpanel shattered. 10 minutes and 27 bucks later my iphone was fixed.

    Marin has a huge and active twitter community and we meet offline everyone has iphones. Most of my friends and family have iPhones and have rave reviews. Am I missing anything?
    Jan 27 08:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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