Not just phones
Tablets as well.
Even totally new capabilities and tools are bypassed (not given weight) in favor of extraordinary screen resolution on iPhone.
If I suppress my paranoia long enough (remember, even paranoids have enemies)
I can see that reviewers get stuck in a rut.
Higher Screen resolution is good etc.
Absolutely no reviewer saw the Galaxy Note as viable. Millions of users say differently.
As far as the S-Pen, 'it's a neat thing if you're into it' they say. Not good for games.
I suspect that it is becoming a game changer. I also suspect that the s-pen on a 10.1 inch tablet is going to find a large new audience using it for many new tasks /applications.
Run of the mill reviewers never see the future.