more hot air?
"Try telling that to Android users (to name just one bunch)"
Android, being linux based has at most levels are great deal of abstraction from the actual hardware... The biggest phone markets in the world shift Symbian phones... don't assume that your locality is the center of the world. IIRC recent stats suggest that 95% or so of mobile phones are ARM.
"So you're advocating that they download them all through the handset and never use their PC?"
Ugh? Ok,... so the PC software can't be clever enough to know what device the user has and only show apps available for that device. I'm failing to understand how you arrived at your conclusion.
""In reality only a few people actually want a "smart phone" that runs "applications","
Explain the ratio of "tat apps" to "applications of serious merit" on the app store.
"So the cruz of the matter is that you're an iPhone hater!"
Dear oh dear... this is basically what it always comes down to with "you people".
I have a number of apple products, I'm writing this on a macbook. I have an iPhone in my coat pocket. However unlike you I don't blindly defend things and accuse others of being "haters"
"I have an iPhone. I've had it for two weeks. Not only is it better than my previous phone, it was also cheaper (when the previous one was new ofc)"
I've had an iphone for about a year,.. before that I had an n95 and before that some cheap samsung phone that cost about 5000yen. Guess what? The Samsung phone had a better camera than the iphone and could even record video. It's input system was a ton better also.
"I do have a couple of novelty apps but the ones I have used the most are things that tell me bus times, show maps, look up local cafes/amenities etc"
I would say that your bus timetable applications etc are verging on the novelty side. There's no reason that sort of stuff can't be integrated into any old phone. We're talking about the "smart phone" market here. Where are the all the serious applications?
"I believe you should rethink most of your post as it's starting to seem like an "I have Symbian but it's not as popular as I would like" post.."
Symbian is very very popular.. again don't think that where ever you are is the center of the world.