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People need to stop getting angry about phones

Column Fanboism has to stop
Fri Sep 28 2012, 15:00

PEOPLE NEED TO STOP getting so angry about phones. There, I said it. Now let me explain why.

I'm not sure if you remember, but there was a pretty big phone announcement a couple of weeks ago, one that, bizarrely, was met with sheer rage across the internet - be it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, you name it. I can't remember the launch of the Nokia 3210 making so many people quite this angry, nor, come to think of it, that of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

I wrote about the announcement, of course that of the Iphone 5. Now, I'm fairly new to all of this, so I was shocked by what happened next.

Angry phone man

For simply writing about Apple's highly anticipated and widely covered event, I was greeted by a wave of criticism across social networks, blasting me for being an "Apple fanboi" and for writing about a phone "that has nothing new".

In fact, "the Iphone 5 has nothing new" is probably the most common complaint that I received. I'm not sure if these people read the article they were so keen to rip into, but it features a larger 4in screen, a redesigned casing, an upgraded processor, an improved camera and support for 4G LTE. Just to clear that up.

I'm using an Iphone 5 as my main mobile device, but despite what some of you might think, I'm using it simply because I like it. The screen size is ideal, it fits in my pocket and it works seamlessly with my Apple Macbook.

Some comments have accused me of using an Apple product because I'm a "fanboi". First off, I'm a girl, and secondly I've also been using phones from Samsung, Nokia and Motorola this year. Why? Because I liked them too. I know, I'm crazy. 

Some people seem to think that I wield an Iphone because this shows my support for the way Apple allegedly treats its staff in its Chinese factories. Others say it's because I agree with the way Apple is quick to take its rivals to court for creating a rectangular shaped phone with rounded corners. No. In fact, I find the whole thing ridiculous.

So, I don't agree with the way Apple runs its business most of the time. But - believe it or not - that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a great piece of technology when I see it.

Oh, and back to my point about the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 not being met with the wave of anger that followed the unveiling of the Iphone 5. To me at least, it seems that Idevice owners are simply excited about the latest exciting new feature or innovation from Apple, whereas Android owners are excited for an entirely different reason - they want the latest phone from HTC or Samsung to destroy Apple.

Of course, competition is healthy and necessary for these companies to keep innovating, but people need to remember - Apple included - that some people enjoy IOS, others Android. Taking out one of these would destroy the smartphone market.

At the end of the day, we're talking about phones, people. Phones! Of course, as a technology website, we love phones, and we enjoy reading what you have to say about them.

Just remember, if you don't like a phone, you don't have to buy it, or go crazy at those who do. µ


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