No not really. Price and target have nothing to do with it. They share no similar build properties other than the glass screen and size.
Umm?? When I buy something I care about how much it is, how it performs and maybe how it looks. The comparison seems pretty fair to me.
(TBH though I do think that trying to put any phone that size in your pocket, front or back, is not really very smart... and it sounds like that's where people are having real-world issues with the iphone bending?)