I also think that you raise an important point on consumer 'perception' of these phones - the iPhone (and increasingly Android) is a 'cool' phone to own - the average buyer of these phones would most probably turn their nose up at an MS or Nokia device at the moment. Another issue is that neither have a vibrant application base with which to develop their platforms. Apple and Android have a huge range of apps and an established network of 'evangelists' developing downloadable applications for them.
Both certainly have a long road ahead of them to catch up, interesting times ahead!
Add these to several other announcements over the last few months and you can undertsand why the Scottish public might be feeling a little 'greened' out. Can someone actually explain to us what the real tangible benefits to all of this are to our country?
I run a cheap clothes blog and in my opinion the quality of clothes in 2009 from retailers such as Peacocks (http://www.peacocks.co.uk), Primark and New Look is a vast improvement on the major chains offerings of previous years. I also don't quite understand what was so great about the 2005 vintage -why were clothes so much better then?
The fact of the matter is that as people are squeezed more and more on household costs, then these fast fashion retailers are here to stay - we have to learn to live with them.