James, I'm on a Branch kick this morning. I agree with your point, I just want to escape 140 characters to have a better conversation. What do you think is the bigger picture?
You can't compare Android & iOS based on hardware sales profit, since Google, and Amazon for that matter, are not hardware companies, they are selling devices near cost in order to increase the marketshare and,by extension, the number of users consuming their products.
Apple is really only as good as it's next hardware product. Apple has been doing well at this over the past several years, the hardware dynamic is going through a change. Hardware is becoming very inexpensive to produce and the value people are placing on that hardware is being driven down as well.