1. koerk's Avatar
    I want to discuss why there is so much emotionality and defensive/offensive behavior when it comes to the choice of something banal like the brand of your phone manufacturer.

    I experienced some situations lately, one was about an hour ago, that made me seriously think about this phenomenon. Normal, even non-tech-savvy people really can become quite offensive and impolite.

    A friend of mine was asked if my iPhone would belong to her and if she also bought an apple phone (it was laying on the couch in another friends living room). She acted strange and stated with a laugh that she would never buy an iPhone.
    Don't get me wrong, this is totally fine. But she was so emotional when saying this that I seriously can't think of her motivation for that.

    A colleague which I am on shift right now with was talking to another colleague about the new HTC One (he has the old One). They were talking about the great design and so on. The other colleague states that he doesn't want or can't spend 600 something for a cell phone. The one with the One said, yeah, but it can do so much more than an iPhone and that is even more expensive. Right, said the other, I'm not going to buy that either... I just sat there and ignored it because I'm tired of this crap.

    So, honestly, why do you think do people act so intolerant when it comes to smartphones and their OSs or manufacturers? I'm experiencing this especially with my apple products MBA and iPhone.

    I did want to persuade my friends and family of the iPhone just because I like it so much but I now, maybe even due to the iMore community, stopped caring what others do and think.

    What funny is, is that I sometimes get insinuated of being superficial or something because of my so expensive and stylish apple products which can't to anything productive at all when THEY are the superficial ones when they care about that.

    Hardly anybody of these people care what car I am driving. And if they did, this conversation would for sure be more objective than the choice of smartphone!

    Thoughts?
    04-22-2014 04:22 PM
  2. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Its what works for you. If someone's arguing on this subject, they probably have nothing better to do. Its not like having an iPhone makes you better than other people.
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    04-22-2014 04:28 PM
  3. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    It is odd. But it's not just smartphones. I've seen fights erupt over which pickup truck is best. The smartphone debate does seem to get heated more than it should. Maybe it's just brand loyalty gone wild.


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    04-22-2014 05:35 PM
  4. koerk's Avatar
    It is odd. But it's not just smartphones. I've seen fights erupt over which pickup truck is best. The smartphone debate does seem to get heated more than it should. Maybe it's just brand loyalty gone wild.


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    Maybe. But I wonder why usual people that aren't into tech seem to care more than they should
    04-22-2014 06:14 PM
  5. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Maybe. But I wonder why usual people that aren't into tech seem to care more than they should
    I think it's because our smartphones have become too important in our lives. Look around. Everyone has one in their hand. It's like an extension of self.


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    04-22-2014 06:31 PM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    There could be several reasons:

    1. There are some people who really want one specific device, but because he or she cannot afford it, opts to buy a different brand and then trash the people who buy the one he or she truly wanted.

    2. Some people are ignorant or intolerant of choice. This is the person who has decided that he or she has done extensive research and have concluded that the device he or she has is indeed the very best on the market. They can't fathom how anyone else can choose something different than what they have deemed to be the absolute best. They always mention specs, speed, size, etcetera, but the forget the fact that no device is perfect for everyone.

    3. Some people simply want to be mischievous.
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    04-22-2014 06:36 PM
  7. koerk's Avatar
    Interesting guys, thanks for sharing
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    04-23-2014 12:32 AM
  8. Septembersrain's Avatar
    I think it's one of those instincts we as humans have. We are not solitary creatures. We tend to end up in groups as part of a collective. This is what creates brand/OS loyalty. It also creates jealousy and coveting your neighbors things.

    I was guilty of this too until I pushed myself out my comfort level. Gave up my disdain for iPhone and got two. Still using my Note 3, but as a tablet. Then I got a WP. I'm playing with a Z10 too. I've never felt so carefree and had so much fun before with devices!

    Technology should be here to bring us joy, not conflict and misery. My opinion.

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    04-23-2014 07:56 AM
  9. sting7k's Avatar
    So, honestly, why do you think do people act so intolerant when it comes to smartphones and their OSs or manufacturers? I'm experiencing this especially with my apple products MBA and iPhone.
    Immaturity, it's no different than children arguing that Spider-man is better than Batman.
    04-23-2014 08:24 AM
  10. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Interesting guys, thanks for sharing
    You're very welcome, sir...
    04-23-2014 10:40 AM
  11. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I think the smartphone you carry is also kind of a status symbol, so people get defensive. I don't see the reason why. I have preferences, but am an equal opportunity gadget lover. It doesn't help that the big companies like Samsung and Apple are constantly at each other's throats.
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    04-23-2014 06:17 PM
  12. Rancid88's Avatar
    I know what you mean, and I to for a while was very prejudice to apple products, however this year I made the jump to apple with a Mac and iPad and iPhone, and boy to I get grief for it.


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    04-23-2014 06:44 PM
  13. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    I think the smartphone you carry is also kind of a status symbol, so people get defensive. I don't see the reason why. I have preferences, but am an equal opportunity gadget lover. It doesn't help that the big companies like Samsung and Apple are constantly at each other's throats.
    Isn't that good for consumers? They make better devices when there is competition, or they don't and end up like BlackBerry.
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    04-23-2014 09:09 PM
  14. shief24's Avatar
    When they bash the iPhone they bash the actual phone. When they bash a BlackBerry, they bash the person actually carrying the phone. Anyways, I just think it's the hipster in them. It's just a phone and when you break it down smartphones are very similar to one another.
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    04-23-2014 09:30 PM
  15. baseballbert's Avatar
    Look up flats vs clipless or 26 vs 29er for mountain bikes, you'll get the same thing.

    Without these kinds of "discussions" the interwebz would be a lot less entertaining.


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    04-24-2014 12:31 AM
  16. baseballbert's Avatar
    Immaturity, it's no different than children arguing that Spider-man is better than Batman.
    Batman for sure. I'm a DC guy! Although Marvel is crushing DC on the big screen.


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    04-24-2014 12:33 AM
  17. baseballbert's Avatar
    Say what you will about Windows Phones the Nokia "Time to Switch" ads were pretty funny when they showed iPhone and android fans going at it.


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    04-24-2014 12:35 AM
  18. Speedygi's Avatar
    Say what you will about Windows Phones the Nokia "Time to Switch" ads were pretty funny when they showed iPhone and android fans going at it.


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    Yeah, it was the whole mobile wars thing just done more candidly. I thought they did it with more tongue-in-cheek and with less offense to the respective fan-bases, which should be the way to do such ads I think.
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    04-24-2014 12:41 AM
  19. Peligro911's Avatar
    I think it's one of those instincts we as humans have. We are not solitary creatures. We tend to end up in groups as part of a collective. This is what creates brand/OS loyalty. It also creates jealousy and coveting your neighbors things.

    I was guilty of this too until I pushed myself out my comfort level. Gave up my disdain for iPhone and got two. Still using my Note 3, but as a tablet. Then I got a WP. I'm playing with a Z10 too. I've never felt so carefree and had so much fun before with devices!

    Technology should be here to bring us joy, not conflict and misery. My opinion.

    Sent from a larger than life device. Using Tapatalk
    My only question is .. How in the world do you keep all your contacts in sync ?? haha


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    04-24-2014 03:09 AM
  20. Peligro911's Avatar
    Immaturity, it's no different than children arguing that Spider-man is better than Batman.
    But Spider man is better than batman lol


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    04-24-2014 03:11 AM
  21. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    The only animosity I see towards any other brand of phone is on the CB forums. Even mention that you're not carrying a BB device and you're all but burned at the stake for being a traitor to mankind. Here on iMore, when someone says they've got a BB or an Android, the rest of the posters simply don't care and we'll still offer advice if we've got it.

    I've had a BB. I've had a Captain Kirk flip phone. I've got an iPhone. I've got better things to do in my life than worry about what phone the person next to me in the elevator is using or trying to get them to switch to an iPhone because it's better than their BB or Android.
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    04-24-2014 09:54 AM
  22. Beyond Fire's Avatar
    Batman for sure. I'm a DC guy! Although Marvel is crushing DC on the big screen.


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    Hey listen, I'm a fan of Batman but Spiderman would whoop his ****!

    On a side note...The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie looks like it's gonna be amazing!(crosses fingers)

    edit: apparently "but" with 2 t's is a bad word LOL
    04-24-2014 01:07 PM
  23. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    The fact of the matter is...most people don't give a sh*t what kind of phone you use. The reason it seems that people DO care is because you tend to notice the moronic activities of individuals who would act in this manner because they stand out like a sore thumb amongst the vast majority of people who probably care more about the leaves on a random tree than the smart phone you're using personally.

    I think if you actually sat down and took a census of 100 people to see which ones actually really cared what kind of smart phone other people use (especially to the extent of what you described in the original post), you'd find the number to be incredibly low.
    04-24-2014 01:43 PM
  24. jburke82's Avatar
    It's funny because many people who bash the other companies have never even tried their products. I feel that many people like to talk down on certain products or companies when that product or company is very popular in society...they feel that if they go with the other product or company, then they will be different and unique. It's the same with music...I know people who hate anything mainstream and won't give anything new a chance. While I mostly agree with them (because let's face it...music has gone downhill!! Gone are the days of the legendary artists like Zeppelin or even Pearl Jam), I will still give something new a chance (or try at least).

    Personally, I will give my opnions when asked. I have used Blackberries (older), Windows phones (pre-8), Androids (s4 was the latest), and have always loved the iphone (everytime I left, I came running back). I won't talk down to someone...but I will give them my opinion, or review, when asked. I will make sure to specify that I haven't tried them recently.
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    04-24-2014 02:55 PM
  25. Speedygi's Avatar
    The people who get into these arguments (about which phone or companies are in the lead) most likely just got caught up in all the usual media conditioning that the mobile tech world is based around how competitive it is. Smartphones have been trailing a blaze ever since the first iPhone came out, and the fanfare, deal and hype all basically got created by Steve Jobs alone with his hyped up presentations. Steve Jobs has basically made this a big deal in the media, which is why, prior to that, we never had as extensive an internet-wide media coverage for tech like we have today.

    It is easy for people to get caught up in that, and very soon they are comparing phones and which is better (even if they don't really care one bit what the other people outside the discussion is using). Please note that some DO care a great deal, especially among closed ones, friends and relatives. People have just been conditioned this way to get into the discussion.
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    04-24-2014 06:35 PM
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