FORTUNE -- At 9:36 a.m. Thursday, shortly after Samsung introduced the newest entries in its Galaxy smartphone line -- the 5.8-inch Mega and the 6.3-inch Mega -- Derek Kessler posted what may be the most viral tweet that wasn't about TV, celebrity, politics, sports, dieting, mysticism or a natural disaster.
It was a simple list of Samsung's Android screen sizes.
According to Kessler, a self-described design nerd, armchair pundit and professional ranter, Samsung has put out Android phones in 27 different screen sizes, ranging from the 2.8-inch Galaxy Pocket to the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note.
Apple (AAPL), by contrast, offers iPhones and iPads in four screen sizes: 3.5 inches, 4 inches, 7.9 inches and 9.7 inches.
By 6:36 a.m. Friday, Kessler's list had been favorited 1,252 times and re-tweeted 5,187.
Kessler's original tweet.
UPDATE: According to sources quoted by Christina Bonnington in Wired, screen sizes will level off as manufacturers reach the resolution capacity of the human eye. As it is, a study by Flurry Analytics found that nearly 70% of smartphone buyers choose devices in the 3.5-inch to 4.9-inch range.
Back from China with tales of iWatches, iTVs, fingerprint IDs and iPhones in three sizes.
FORTUNE -- I can never tell with analysts who go on extended walkabouts in the Far East if they're getting the inside dope from their contacts in Apple's (AAPL) supply chain or if they're just getting spun.
Case in point: Topeka Capital's Brian White, who has been filing dispatches from China and Taiwan for more than a week.
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