I think the problem lies in the fact that when Apple announce a new product it's usually a big leap forward. The fact that the iPhone 4s is an upgrade to an existing item rather than a brand new phone (iPhone 5) has upset a large number of people who worship Apple and all it produces. These people seem like spoilt children who, when things don't go their way, spit vitriol at anyone they perceive as authority.
Personally, although I have an iPad, I would never get an iPhone. I consider the Samsung Galaxy S2 to be a far superior item and hope to get one in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, I am more than happy with my Blackberry!
I will join in on your forums one of these days....I simply haven't had the time so far.