What is the high end?
ok, so i have a genuine question here, so lets not go all tribal about it. But what do you mean by a flagship phone? What does the iPhone 6 / note 4 / M8 have that is missing on the Lumias?
lets go for the first thing on everyone's list - Apps. ok, i accept that there is a difference in what is available, but i think that we are talking about hardware here, so lets focus on that. Same point applies to the operating system.
Compare the iPhone 6 to a Lumia 830 at the hardware level and there is a lot of cross over. Both have good cameras (though the Lumia has a higher resolution sensor and OIS, i think the iPhone is better for video). Both are 4G with NFC and bluetooth 4 (though iPhone has 802.11ac support, Lumia 830 only has 802.11n). Both have gorilla glass screens, and though the Lumia's is a little larger (5 inch vs. 4.7 inch) the iPhone is a slightly higher resolution (1334x750 vs 1280x720) - but there is not a lot in it either way. Both have pretty decent batteries and both manufactuers will have lied about the potential battery life. Both pretty much the same size, though the iPhone is slimmer by 1.5mm and about 30g lighter; i suspect that the Lumia has slimmer bezels. Build quality is good on both.
iPhone has a fingerprint sensor and is probably better at video (though that may be due to software as much as hardware). May also be some other features that i have missed (please add below).
Lumia has replaceable battery with wireless charging, changable cases / covers, a memory card slot and supersensitive touch so that you don't need special gloves to use it in the cold. It also has glance screen (though that may be due to software as much as hardware).
so there are some pros and cons to each but not a lot between them.
You then get to the processor and RAM. The Lumia has a quad-core snapdragon 400 and 1GB of ram. I think that a lot of people will get hung up on these numbers, so suffice to say that i accept that a faster processor and more ram will result in a smoother experience but i genuinely don't have any problems with the 830. Seeing as apple don't say what is inside their phones then this is hard to judge, in fairness, it is probably faster - though the lumia is not slow.
so what i wonder is why is the iPhone considered such a premium product, when all the reviews of the Lumia mention up front that it is at best a mid-range phone? Can someone explain what i am missing? Because right now, the biggest difference between them (aside from the differences between iOS8 and WP8.1 and the quality/quantity of the associated apps) is in the price. £320 for the Lumia and £620 for the iPhone.
Like i said - genuine question. I went for an 830 and think its great, if you have an iphone then i hope you enjoy it - this is not a personal attack on all of your deepest held beliefs. I'm just trying to understand the differences here.
Can anyone tell me what i am missing?