So the iPhone 5 finally debuted with a larger screen, which is what all of smart phone users need. Considering that the Apple brand is a luxurious one, it is weird that Apple took so long to realize that a big screen was necessary.

Marketing strategy? Nah. I knew firsthand when the first iPhone came out that it would be a hit. When the first iTouch came out, I was already impressed with it. I thought that if they could expand their first generation iOS to something more, the ability for developers to create apps and such, then this would be a worldwide hit.

And a hit it was. The iPhone’s hardware is nothing new. Many Android smartphone models have better ones. The factor for me is within the operating system itself. Apple did pave the way for the smartphone revolution to really take off but then they have been stagnant when it comes to innovation.

iOS is boring. Nothing new and the look stayed the same. They could at least show some more pizzazz by showing something new with the graphical user interface. Apple is lucky that so many fanboys still worship their gadgets as something from the heavens.

A smartphone’s success really lies in the apps. If there are no apps, a phone is just a phone, nothing more. Apple’s devices are hits because of the sheer number of apps that are developed daily by just about any developer.

Now … the iPhone 5 is a good product. So is the iTouch. But the Nano? Who the hell would buy that weird looking gadget when the price difference between an iTouch and a Nano is only $50. The Nano is a waste of money and environmental resources. Go get the iTouch. Its 5MP camera and CPU all the more makes it a tempting product.

What do you think?

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There may be a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone on the way. Rumors abound, but now the Wall Street Journal has found “people familiar with the matter” who have actually laid hands and eyes upon it:

One of the people who saw a prototype of a new iPhone several months ago said the new device is intended to be sold alongside the current line of iPhones and would be about half the size of the iPhone 4. The phone, one of its codenames is N97, would be available to mobile carriers at about half the price of Apple’s main line of iPhones.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s also considering making its MobileMe online storage service free, allowing users to store their data in the cloud rather than on a small device such as an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

This move could facilitate a smaller iPhone, which could store most of its data elsewhere rather than within its tiny confines. We can probably see a tiny iPhone, reportedly one-third smaller than its bigger brother, and costing $200 with no contract this summer, which is right in line with the usual time new iPhones are unveiled.

I think this will be great. iPhones are totally overpriced so having a cheaper alternative with no contracts is very good news to everybody.