I think when you go from 3.7" to 4.0", its not that big of a jump that it should make a difference. I can understand going to 4.3" and being turned off by the size.
Widgets... I never used them on my PC, never used them on my Omnia 1. I thought it was a waste. I didnt fully understand and appreciate widgets until I got the Droid 1.
The Droid 1 doesnt read very big extended batteries good. So while the phone is saying 5% battery left, your phone would probably stay on for about 4-6 hours. And to make it read correct you had to reboot the phone each time it got down to 5%.
Some of us on another forum in a huge thread figured out how much voltage your battery was near or at right before shutting off. Then we used a battery widget to show what your battery voltage actually was, that way no need to reboot.
Another widget is a music player widget. Some can be set big to show album art and controls or be very minimal and just show song title and controls. The type of music player widget depends on the app.
Widgets for turning on/off wifi, GPS, adjusting the brightness, adjusting the volume, I have a flashlight app widget that turns the flashlight app on/off.. There is a nice text messaging widget on Gingerbread for the Droid X that scrolls thru the messages. Its similar to whats on SPB Shell 3D. And of course you can enter the messaging app thru the widget.
These are just some more examples why some folks like widgets. And why I live by them now and may start using them on my PC. With widgets theres a very good chance you dont need to open an app. You can just look at the screen or you can do what you need to do by interacting with the widget.
Widgets, customizations and choice could be the main reasons why ppl love Android.
EDIT: I spend time looking over, editing my post and I could probably delete it now. Thanks alot penguin!!! lol Like the email widget. Imma have to look into that.
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