Originally Posted by Hanson Yoo
At this point, Steve Jobs is going to have to eat his words (again) and release a 4" iPhone, presumably named the iHummer.
Pixel density is nice, but it looks like bigger is better when it comes to smartphone screens.
This report, as summarized, says nothing specifically on those points. They may be correct statements, but they can't be drawn from this report.
The Thunderbolt is outselling the iPhone in 28 percent of Verizon stores, and matching it in 61 percent, according to a somewhat informal study conducted by BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk
All that says is that in 28% of Verizon stores, the Thunderbolt outsold the iPhone. But it says nothing about total volume of Verizon iPhones sold compared to total Thunderbolt volume nationwide. Nor does it account for total numbers sold at BestBuy, Apple Stores, etc. As reported, the claims it makes are true but not necessarily informative
Nor does it does say anything about the buying experience: Are customers coming in wanting to buy a Thunderbolt? Are they ignorant and salespeople tell them to buy a Thunderbolt over an iPhone? Do they come in wanting an iPhone, but after receiving a thorough and unbiased comparison, choose the Thunderbolt instead? Or is it because the majority of new phones have larger screens, so they are the biggest sellers by default? This issue doesn't matter in terms of sales volume, but it does mean that screen size may have nothing to do with the purchase decision -- or it's everything -- but we don't know as these are given in the reporting.
Lies, damn lies, and statistics
Perhaps I'm being unfair, but assume these "analysts" are of the same ilk as the jokers at IDC: