1. Speedygi's Avatar
    My thoughts on this is that you don't really have to worry about what anyone calls you. I understand it's hard to not get offended, but you do like tech (and a huge part of that tech is Apple's), so what can you do about that? Nothing.

    Just play it cool and live your life...
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    07-09-2014 09:50 PM
  2. Algus's Avatar
    Hmm, I've used all the major platforms and I just like Apple a bit more. I don't think Apple is really any better than the competition but they think about things that are of interest to me: design aesthetics, physical appearance, etc.

    I like the look and feel of Apple products and I am willing to pay for them. Ever since getting sucked in with my iPod last year, I've slowly iConverted and have been really happy as I've done so. I appreciate the design decisions and synchronization between my computers, phone, and tablets.

    I don't regularly recommend Apple products outside of Apple forums though. They aren't the only show in town and they don't make sense for everyone: especially in computers.
    07-09-2014 11:12 PM
  3. Speedygi's Avatar
    Hmm, I've used all the major platforms and I just like Apple a bit more. I don't think Apple is really any better than the competition but they think about things that are of interest to me: design aesthetics, physical appearance, etc.

    I like the look and feel of Apple products and I am willing to pay for them. Ever since getting sucked in with my iPod last year, I've slowly iConverted and have been really happy as I've done so. I appreciate the design decisions and synchronization between my computers, phone, and tablets.

    I don't regularly recommend Apple products outside of Apple forums though. They aren't the only show in town and they don't make sense for everyone: especially in computers.
    That, and it's pretty normal for people to get a certain brand regularly, and that's called Brand loyalty. Nothing wrong with having that, it has existed with shoes, bags, you name it.
    07-09-2014 11:18 PM
  4. cardfan's Avatar
    Beyond the love for apple's hardware and its integration with software, I'm just a fan of the company. As a CPA and consultant, apple is ran to almost perfection.

    Sure there's things here and there you might question but that list is a lot shorter vs other tech companies. Palm and hp looked like keystone cops in comparison. Or even Microsoft and their focus on metro in windows although windows 9 seems to be a reversal.

    I'm just on board and agree with a lot of things that apple does. The latest WWDC only reaffirmed this for me.
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    07-10-2014 01:16 AM
  5. Derrick4Real's Avatar
    I don't particularly like the term 'fanboy' as I find 'fanatic' to be less durogatory. While some visit the forums looking for a quick answer to a problem they are having, many of us are here because we are fanatics...we are fans of a particular device(s) we are using. Whether it be IOS, Android, Apple, HTC, Samsung, etc. Some venture in and out of various platforms, some rock both at the same time, and others are loyalists to the core.

    I imagine it is similar to a sports fan, a 'chevy vs ford' car guy, etc. A fanatic takes their interest and participation to another level. From a phone standpoint, a fanatic doesn't simply use it and then set it down not to be thought about again. They tweak it, customize it, research it, embellish it in cases, screen protectors, buy accesories for it, talk about it, show it off and sadly.....argue over it. Some get caught up in the comments sections of blog sites, others post at will in a forum. A fanatic is different from your standard person rocking a flip phone. They are different from that person who only knows how to text, check facebook, and take a selfie. They view their device as an extension of themselves. It is more than just a phone.

    So I am curious, if it applies, what drives the fanboyism in you? And further, to what degree of fanatic are you? If you go to a sporting event, do you notice what phone another person is using just as much as you notice the jersey they are wearing? When you walk past someone in the store, do you take notice if the person is using a Galaxy vs an iPhone? Does it change your thoughts about someone, even in the least? Can you read a blog article on a tech site without perusing the comments section to see where people stand? Even further, can you avoid getting involved? Does it affect you if the device you use outsells another, is more popular than others, etc? If you are an iphone user, do the Samsung commercials irritate you? What drives folks to user terms like 'isheep', 'fandroids', etc. What prompts the animosity shown towards loyalists of other platforms. Do you go so far as to argue with your fellow man (woman) that the phone in your hands is 'better' than the phone in theirs?

    Be honest lol. I know the politically correct answers. But deeeeeeeeeeeeep down inside of you, are you loyal to one over the other? Do you take pride in being 'Team iPhone' vs 'Team Android' vs 'Team Windows' etc. Or do you simply enjoy technology without loyalty to any one device or operating system.
    No. Not remotely.

    Personally i don't mind the term fanboy, likely because it doesn't apply to me though I would totally agree it has a derogatory connotation. And no offense I tend to understand why. When I use it, it's pretty much intended as a bad thing. It means i think you've got a crazy bias.

    For me a phone is a tool for a job, be it communication or music or audiobooks. And i use the best tool for the job. I'm not particularly wedded to one or another. I've yet to decide if my next phone will be an iphone but i've already strongly considered android phones when ios 7 launched. In fact the biggest reason i use an iphone is simply because i'm a big music listener and in my experience ipods have been the best tool for listening to music. For example it read my tags properly, it didn't do a ton of quirky things like other players did. It was easy to use. So an iphone became a convenient extension to combine two devices into one. It wasn't about some devotion to the phone or a brand. I used Apple computers for about 10 years.Then used windows for 15 because it fit my needs better (my school used PCs exclusively as did my job).

    But, and you said be honest, I don't particularly like the "fanboy" culture. I do not like it because I have zero interest in the tribalism that accompanies it. I dislike the "team anybody" mentality. I don't care if someone likes their android phone. If it pleases them great. I have no interest in telling them it's worse than my choice. If you don't like Beats headphones good for you. I don't need to hear your crusade against them. I have a Fender guitar. I'm not on Gibson forums fighting for the Fender cause. I find the whole thing silly. I'm happy with my guitar choice (i suck by the way) and that's enough for me. I don't think about it after that. Same goes for COD vs Battlefield, Xbox vs Playstation. I'm simply not fussed by the choices of other people. I've never tried to convert people to buy the phone I have. I'm fine with criticism of apple. I can think of tons of things i dislike about their products. I feel little need to defend Apple on principal. I don't mind a discussion but I'm not going to tell tell someone "Samsung sucks" or "Apple Sucks." And that mentality, that tribalism is the part of "fanboy" culture that i think is problematic and that i seek to not engage in.

    The other thing is that there is this general bias, an most discussions tend to end up like a Fox News show where people decide where they want to end up then form an argument to fit that narrative. For example they want Apple (but it could be samsung, xbox, battlefield, etc) to be correct so no matter what, no matter what laws say, no matter the evidence, Apple is always right and they argue it to the death. I've little time for that blinkered view. And when i find myself engaged in a discussion with such a person i tend to bow out so as not to be the fool that argues with the fool.

    Now i do think there are people who simply are infatuated with their product, As i think you said, buy all the accessories, and get a thousand cases, and follow the product closely, And that I think, though possibly excessive is fine. Because if you can do that without the need to talk down another product or another person's choice then i've no issue with it. I don't know the label for that person. I don't know the semantics so i'm not gonna try to classify it but the distinction i'd draw is one is obsessesd and biased and wants everyone else to like what they like and the other is simply obsessed but is focused on his/her own enjoyment not making anyone else like what they like.

    As for some of your questions. No i don't notice other peoples phones in public. I don't discuss phones with anyone except one person who is a close friend but an Android obsessive or more like an Apple hater. But he's a close friend so i simply tolerate his annoying phone discussions. I don't judge people on their phones or their choice of technology. I'm not even paying attention by and large. I don't care about the popularity of something I buy for the sake of popularity. Other than the sense that popularity will likely mean more support and updates. For example, I have a wdtv media player. It's not as popular as Appletv, roku, chromecast. But i don't care because it fits my needs. It plays every obscure file format/codec combination in my library. The other alternatives don't. I wish more people had it because that would mean more apps likely get made for it but for the streaming my local content it works best. I don't worry what others use. I won't go through every question but you can guess my answers. Regardless, whatever side people fall on, android, samsung, apple, or whatever i pretty much have equal disdain for both simply because i find the endeavor pretty pointless.
    Last edited by Derrick4Real; 07-10-2014 at 05:40 AM.
    07-10-2014 05:17 AM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    It's weird. I think iPhones USED to be status symbols, but now that everyone has them that argument has kind of fallen by the wayside. It's just like what happened to BlackBerry. Having a BB used to mean you were a corporate big wig. Then within a couple years everyone had a Curve, Pearl, or Bold. Plus, iPhones definitely don't equal wealth anymore. I used to work for an organization that gave aid to the working poor. I can't tell you how many people would come in for our food and diaper pantry, clothing closet, etc sporting iPhones. It's like they chose hot tech over groceries!

    Anyway, as for me, I'm just a tech enthusiast with a soft spot for underdogs. I'll always love BlackBerry and hope they climb out of this slump. My current daily driver is an HTC Android device. There is some amazing tech out there beyond what marketing tells you you're supposed to want. That being said though, I'm still looking forward to seeing what the next crop of iPhones/iPads will bring .
    It does seem a bit wrong, when one sports an iPhone and stands in the welfare line. It's not so much the phone's cost. They're sometimes offered free or discounted. It's the monthly carrier charges. Smartphones are still a luxury. But that's more and more changing to necessity.


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
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    07-10-2014 07:37 AM
  7. Paradocks's Avatar
    I enjoy using both Android (Moto X) and iOS (iPad 3). My next purchase could be a next generation iPad Air. Both platforms offer pros and cons, but I admit to having a preference for Android since I use my phone more than the iPad. I love the customization, touchless control and active notifications offered by the Moto X. And I love the way apps on iOS just work better; more fluid gameplay and no stuttering. I use my iPad for after work play time. I will not consolidate my gadgets into one ecosystem because you miss out on the best that multiple platforms can offer. Am I a fanboy? Yes, a fanboy of technology. Looking forward to seeing what the Moto 360 smartwatch has to offer, and Apple's response to this growing category.
    07-10-2014 07:53 AM
  8. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    Here's the plain truth for me: apple products are high class's devices, and are generally used by wealthier people. They are also more or less a status symbol. If I were to get an android, I would never hear the end of it from friends and family, and it would kill me because most poor people that I see in public have androids. I like high class brands (BMW, Saab, under armor, mosey oak, etc etc) and I like shopping at high end malls. So I pretty much like anything that's higher class, including higher class music.

    Tl;Dr I am an apple fanboy because I like to associate myself with high class things, and people.
    Also, I don't want it to sound like I only use apple devices for the reasons mentioned. They work the best for me, and I could prove with real facts that OS X is better than windows. iOS and android are = IMO, it just comes down to personal preference for them. But OS X is far superior to windows, and I can back that statement up with facts.
    Whenever I see someone paying with food stamps at the grocery store they are ALWAYS (rudely) yapping on their iPhone. I swear it is an iPhone every single time. Having nice things =/= being wealthy. The illusion of having money is what people really care about. Not supporting themselves and their families for the long haul. I have an Android Phone (and have had many other OS's) and my wife has an iPhone, she has a windows laptop, I have an iMac. It is a choice that comes down to what works for you and has NOTHING to do with money considering a high end Android Phone costs the same as an iPhone. Apple products are high end manufactured electronics, so are some Android phones and some Windows phones.

    "most poor people I see out in public have android phones" Seriously... how could you possibly know they are poor? I see people in my city that look homeless and then I see them get into a brand new corvette. Outward appearances don't tell the whole story.

    "If I were to get an android, I would never hear the end of it from friends and family.." If this is true, I honestly feel bad for you.

    LOL at under armor being a high class brand... I just can't with that statement.

    I agree BMW's are nice. Saabs are trash cans.

    Anyways enjoy your iphone.
    07-10-2014 08:53 AM
  9. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    It's weird. I think iPhones USED to be status symbols, but now that everyone has them that argument has kind of fallen by the wayside. It's just like what happened to BlackBerry. Having a BB used to mean you were a corporate big wig. Then within a couple years everyone had a Curve, Pearl, or Bold. Plus, iPhones definitely don't equal wealth anymore. I used to work for an organization that gave aid to the working poor. I can't tell you how many people would come in for our food and diaper pantry, clothing closet, etc sporting iPhones. It's like they chose hot tech over groceries!

    Anyway, as for me, I'm just a tech enthusiast with a soft spot for underdogs. I'll always love BlackBerry and hope they climb out of this slump. My current daily driver is an HTC Android device. There is some amazing tech out there beyond what marketing tells you you're supposed to want. That being said though, I'm still looking forward to seeing what the next crop of iPhones/iPads will bring .
    Absolutely agree with everything you said. Well put.
    Last edited by Illustrator Joe; 07-10-2014 at 09:50 AM.
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    07-10-2014 08:57 AM
  10. hydrogen3's Avatar
    I'm some what confused.... Poor people/ have only Android devices? I thought the Federal Government subsided iPhones for welfare recipients??
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    07-10-2014 09:15 AM
  11. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I enjoy my three platforms. Equally? No...at the moment I prefer my iPhone over my Q10 or my SGIII because it's working better for me than the other two. However, if BlackBerry ever gets its act together and gets me the native apps I want and resolves the myriad bugs I have to deal with (hello Bluetooth not working on my Honda CR-V) then my mind might change. It has been changed before.

    At this time, iOS works perfectly for me. My iPhone and iPad and iTunes and iPod all sync perfectly. I've got NO complaints. So am I a fangirl? No....if I were I wouldn't be open to use other devices and to see what's good about them. For example, I love the BB10 OS. I love the keyboards, both physical and virtual. On my SGIII I LOVE the customisation. If I were a fangirl, I would not be able to say that.

    What I CANNOT stand are the fanbois from other platforms who insult those of us with an open mind and who use multiple platforms. THAT sets my blood to boil.
    07-10-2014 09:23 AM
  12. qbnkelt's Avatar
    No. Not remotely.

    Personally i don't mind the term fanboy, likely because it doesn't apply to me though I would totally agree it has a derogatory connotation. And no offense I tend to understand why. When I use it, it's pretty much intended as a bad thing. It means i think you've got a crazy bias.

    For me a phone is a tool for a job, be it communication or music or audiobooks. And i use the best tool for the job. I'm not particularly wedded to one or another. I've yet to decide if my next phone will be an iphone but i've already strongly considered android phones when ios 7 launched. In fact the biggest reason i use an iphone is simply because i'm a big music listener and in my experience ipods have been the best tool for listening to music. For example it read my tags properly, it didn't do a ton of quirky things like other players did. It was easy to use. So an iphone became a convenient extension to combine two devices into one. It wasn't about some devotion to the phone or a brand. I used Apple computers for about 10 years.Then used windows for 15 because it fit my needs better (my school used PCs exclusively as did my job).

    But, and you said be honest, I don't particularly like the "fanboy" culture. I do not like it because I have zero interest in the tribalism that accompanies it. I dislike the "team anybody" mentality. I don't care if someone likes their android phone. If it pleases them great. I have no interest in telling them it's worse than my choice. If you don't like Beats headphones good for you. I don't need to hear your crusade against them. I have a Fender guitar. I'm not on Gibson forums fighting for the Fender cause. I find the whole thing silly. I'm happy with my guitar choice (i suck by the way) and that's enough for me. I don't think about it after that. Same goes for COD vs Battlefield, Xbox vs Playstation. I'm simply not fussed by the choices of other people. I've never tried to convert people to buy the phone I have. I'm fine with criticism of apple. I can think of tons of things i dislike about their products. I feel little need to defend Apple on principal. I don't mind a discussion but I'm not going to tell tell someone "Samsung sucks" or "Apple Sucks." And that mentality, that tribalism is the part of "fanboy" culture that i think is problematic and that i seek to not engage in.

    The other thing is that there is this general bias, an most discussions tend to end up like a Fox News show where people decide where they want to end up then form an argument to fit that narrative. For example they want Apple (but it could be samsung, xbox, battlefield, etc) to be correct so no matter what, no matter what laws say, no matter the evidence, Apple is always right and they argue it to the death. I've little time for that blinkered view. And when i find myself engaged in a discussion with such a person i tend to bow out so as not to be the fool that argues with the fool.

    Now i do think there are people who simply are infatuated with their product, As i think you said, buy all the accessories, and get a thousand cases, and follow the product closely, And that I think, though possibly excessive is fine. Because if you can do that without the need to talk down another product or another person's choice then i've no issue with it. I don't know the label for that person. I don't know the semantics so i'm not gonna try to classify it but the distinction i'd draw is one is obsessesd and biased and wants everyone else to like what they like and the other is simply obsessed but is focused on his/her own enjoyment not making anyone else like what they like.

    As for some of your questions. No i don't notice other peoples phones in public. I don't discuss phones with anyone except one person who is a close friend but an Android obsessive or more like an Apple hater. But he's a close friend so i simply tolerate his annoying phone discussions. I don't judge people on their phones or their choice of technology. I'm not even paying attention by and large. I don't care about the popularity of something I buy for the sake of popularity. Other than the sense that popularity will likely mean more support and updates. For example, I have a wdtv media player. It's not as popular as Appletv, roku, chromecast. But i don't care because it fits my needs. It plays every obscure file format/codec combination in my library. The other alternatives don't. I wish more people had it because that would mean more apps likely get made for it but for the streaming my local content it works best. I don't worry what others use. I won't go through every question but you can guess my answers. Regardless, whatever side people fall on, android, samsung, apple, or whatever i pretty much have equal disdain for both simply because i find the endeavor pretty pointless.
    Quoted for truth, for emphasis, and to say that I've just developed another girl crush.....
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    07-10-2014 09:27 AM
  13. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    I enjoy my three platforms. Equally? No...at the moment I prefer my iPhone over my Q10 or my SGIII because it's working better for me than the other two. However, if BlackBerry ever gets its act together and gets me the native apps I want and resolves the myriad bugs I have to deal with (hello Bluetooth not working on my Honda CR-V) then my mind might change. It has been changed before.

    At this time, iOS works perfectly for me. My iPhone and iPad and iTunes and iPod all sync perfectly. I've got NO complaints. So am I a fangirl? No....if I were I wouldn't be open to use other devices and to see what's good about them. For example, I love the BB10 OS. I love the keyboards, both physical and virtual. On my SGIII I LOVE the customisation. If I were a fangirl, I would not be able to say that.

    What I CANNOT stand are the fanbois from other platforms who insult those of us with an open mind and who use multiple platforms. THAT sets my blood to boil.
    What year is your Honda CRV? I just bought a 2014 and the bluetooth on Android works, but it is a little wonky. Google Play Music app shows wrong song names, but on stock music player it works fine, so I switched to that. Other than that issue with Play Music all thew bluetooth functions work correctly, text, making and receiving calls, etc.
    07-10-2014 09:28 AM
  14. qbnkelt's Avatar
    What year is your Honda CRV? I just bought a 2014 and the bluetooth on Android works, but it is a little wonky. Google Play Music app shows wrong song names, but on stock music player it works fine, so I switched to that. Other than that issue with Play Music all thew bluetooth functions work correctly, text, making and receiving calls, etc.
    It's a 2014 also. The iPhone and the SGIII work fine but the Q10 does not. iPhone music plays perfectly. Making/receiving calls is perfect, no problem.

    On the Q10, I can't receive calls AT ALL. Only make them.
    07-10-2014 09:41 AM
  15. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    It's a 2014 also. The iPhone and the SGIII work fine but the Q10 does not. iPhone music plays perfectly. Making/receiving calls is perfect, no problem.

    On the Q10, I can't receive calls AT ALL. Only make them.
    So odd. Anyways, I love this car! Hope you enjoy yours too
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    07-10-2014 09:50 AM
  16. kilofoxtrot's Avatar
    Fanboy is usually a term used to describe someone by another person. Not in all cases.... but most of the time its a label given, not claimed.
    07-10-2014 09:56 AM
  17. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    Did you ever notice that the people who say they don't care what anyone thinks are the ones who care the most about what others think ?...
    PS- Apple products rule, others drool! Anyone who disagrees can go suck it! I'm out ...
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    07-10-2014 10:07 AM
  18. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Did you ever notice that the people who say they don't care what anyone thinks are the ones who care the most about what others think ?...
    PS- Apple products rule, others drool! Anyone who disagrees can go suck it! I'm out ...
    Are you a fanboy and what drives it (if so)-imageuploadedbytapatalk1405002465.159745.jpg


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
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    07-10-2014 10:27 AM
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    Apple's feet hurt from kicking so much ***!
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    07-10-2014 10:44 AM
  20. Antron's Avatar
    An oldie but goodie...

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/19/tech/m...aty/index.html

    Apple vs. Samsung: A peace treaty

    WHEREAS, online forums, queues for new products and technology blogs have become polluted with smack talk, useless feature comparisons and Photoshopped ads meant to deride and belittle each other's device preference, and...

    WHEREAS both sets of Parties recognize that a competitive market is both critical and necessary for continued technological innovation to benefit all, especially early adopters...

    NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties agree to abide by the agreements herein, enumerated in the terms of the articles set forth below:

    ARTICLE 1

    Apple Fanboys agree not to keep bringing up the August 2012 $1 billion patent verdict against Samsung as a way of trying to squelch any disagreement over who may have copied what, recognizing that the case covered a limited scope of features. Samsung Fanboys will similarly cease efforts to end all arguments by discussing "Open" versus "Closed" platforms, accepting that there are numerous advantages and disadvantages to each.

    ARTICLE 2

    Apple Fanboys won't list how many apps are available for iOS (more than 700,000, since the treaty brought it up) on every message board about app development while Samsung Fanboys will minimize cross-Party discussion of expandable SD-card memory, replaceable batteries, screen size, NFC technology or how Android's notifications are still way better than Apple's, even after Notification Center was added to iOS and Mac OS X.


    ARTICLE 3

    Both Parties will agree that Widgets, often touted as a selling point by Samsung Fanboys, are actually kinda dumb, but then so is Apple's "Podcast" app, which is just absolutely the worst. Apple Fanboys acknowledge that Animated Wallpaper would be a nice feature to have while Samsung Fanboys admit that late at night, they sometimes wake up screaming from nightmares about product upgrade fragmentation across the Android platform.

    ARTICLE 4

    Apple Fanboys vow to stop taking the words of Steve Jobs (RIP) about going thermonuclear on Google over Android as personal marching orders. Samsung Fanboys agree to share some of the 50 Gigabytes of Dropbox storage that came with their Galaxy S3 phone and to let Apple Fanboys play around with the Swype keyboard feature whenever it is requested.

    ARTICLE 5

    Both Parties agree to a complete and immediate ban on mocking in the following manner: Apple Fanboys will no longer pick up a Samsung Note device and hold it up to their ear, shouting, "HELLO!? I THINK THIS PHONE IS TOO BIG FOR MY FACE!" Samsung Fanboys likewise agree to stop posting images online of people holding up iPads to take photos, superimposed with the word "FAIL" on the image.

    ARTICLE 6

    Samsung Fanboys agree to immediately boycott and disown television commercials making fun of Apple customers standing in line. Apple Fanboys, in exchange, promise to stop treating iPhone and iPad launch days like a national holiday or, Steve Jobs forbid, like the Woodstock of their generation.

    ARTICLE 7

    The oath to be taken by both Apple and Samsung Fanboys upon ratification of this peace treaty shall be in the following form: "I ....... do solemnly swear allegiance to all sleek, cutting-edge, full-featured mobile devices, be they made by Apple or by manufacturers of Android-based products. Should I feel the need to criticize, boast by comparison or complain about a product that rivals the one I own and use, such Internet-based venom will be directed at a third-party target [namely Windows mobile or, ha ha, BlackBerry users. LAME.]."

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the respective Parties sign this Treaty by digital signature or QR Code, then Tweet a link for all to see.

    BY AGREEMENT OF BOTH PARTIES, war between Apple and Samsung Fanboys is declared to have terminated October, 2012.
    Last edited by Antron; 07-10-2014 at 10:53 AM. Reason: added Text
    07-10-2014 10:50 AM
  21. Spencerdl's Avatar
    In my best Brooklyn NY voice...."Yea I'm a FanBoy, ya gotta problem wit dat". SMILE. (only kidding). To each his/her own, buy what you like and don't get caught up in the "phone wars" thing. What might be a great smartphone for one, might not be the same experience for another. Also, when I start looking at my phone as a status symbol (rich, poor ect.), I have a bigger problem with knowing who I am
    Last edited by spencerdl; 07-10-2014 at 11:15 AM.
    07-10-2014 11:03 AM
  22. brett_f's Avatar
    This is a great thread!!

    I think about this a lot. Maybe too much? I could have a problem.

    I am a huge fanboy of technology, but not necessarily any single company. I have an iPhone 5 and a Nexus 5, and I've been known to switch my sim card between the two... sometimes more than once in a day! I know, I know... it's weird.

    I pay attention to EVERY phone I see. And, it actually can affect my thoughts regarding that person.. even if they are a total stranger.

    A couple of examples..I'm in a technical profession. One of my peers is MUCH smarter than I am, and he uses an iPhone and loves it. So I think, dang I should use my iPhone too! This guy is so smart and obviously can be trusted with these decisions!! LOL. Seriously.

    Also, I've seen market share numbers and the Apple is DOOMED headlines. Usually I can ignore that kind of stuff, but occasionally an article is SO persuasive that I have actually moved the sim card over to the Nexus 5 right then! Only to move back again later that day when I want to use iMessage with a group of friends. (Don't get me started on iMessage... it truly is one of the biggest reasons I remain on iPhone... not the only reason... but a big one. I could build an entire thread about my feelings and reasoning on that... maybe I will?)

    Another thing.. my iPhone doesn't work properly in my Jeep. I can't use Siri, can't hear notifications, etc. I can only use it to make and receive Bluetooth calls. My Nexus 5 works completely fine in my Jeep. That has caused me to switch the sim card a time or two as well.

    I apologize for the long post, but this is a subject near and dear to me. I try not to get too caught up in the "elitist" stuff in blog post comments, etc. There are normally plenty of those comments on both sides.

    So ultimately, I'm Team Technology, but I use my iPhone MUCH more than any other device. And, Apple has convinced me that iOS 8 will change the game. In terms of features, I believe iOS 8 considerably narrows the gap between iOS and Android. (Notice I didn't say between Apple and Samsung )

    -Brett
    07-10-2014 11:50 AM
  23. pantlesspenguin's Avatar
    It does seem a bit wrong, when one sports an iPhone and stands in the welfare line. It's not so much the phone's cost. They're sometimes offered free or discounted. It's the monthly carrier charges. Smartphones are still a luxury. But that's more and more changing to necessity.


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
    This is true now, but when I worked there it was 2011 and there wasn't such a thing as discounted iPhones yet. I saw lots of 4 and 4s's in that line.
    07-10-2014 01:15 PM
  24. Nathan Petersen's Avatar
    Here's the plain truth for me: apple products are high class's devices, and are generally used by wealthier people. They are also more or less a status symbol. If I were to get an android, I would never hear the end of it from friends and family, and it would kill me because most poor people that I see in public have androids. I like high class brands (BMW, Saab, under armor, mosey oak, etc etc) and I like shopping at high end malls. So I pretty much like anything that's higher class, including higher class music.

    Tl;Dr I am an apple fanboy because I like to associate myself with high class things, and people.
    Also, I don't want it to sound like I only use apple devices for the reasons mentioned. They work the best for me, and I could prove with real facts that OS X is better than windows. iOS and android are = IMO, it just comes down to personal preference for them. But OS X is far superior to windows, and I can back that statement up with facts.
    Let me get this straight. Because something costs 10x more it makes it better?
    1. High end, good androids costs the same as iphones,
    2. Android has a wide array of devices so people of all sorts of economical classes can get one, that can still function unlike outdated iphones
    And where are these facts you claim to have that your overpriced Mac is better than a PC?
    07-10-2014 02:01 PM
  25. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    Let me get this straight. Because something costs 10x more it makes it better?
    1. High end, good androids costs the same as iphones,
    2. Android has a wide array of devices so people of all sorts of economical classes can get one, that can still function unlike outdated iphones
    And where are these facts you claim to have that your overpriced Mac is better than a PC?
    For one it's not overpriced. For it to be overpriced, there would have to be a windows machine that had all that the MacBook Air has to offer; for less. And that's not the case. There are no windows ultra books that get 13+ hours of battery life. So just the battery life alone makes your and every Apple haters claim of Macs being over priced false. As for the proof of it being better:

    Here's just a few reasons:

    We can run windows too if we need to(bootcamp)

    Mission control( you can't know how useful this is until you use it)

    Multiple desktop pages

    Spotlight

    All of the settings are in ONE place(from what I recall about windows 8, is that there is two or three settings different pages.

    Free office software


    Free video editing software

    Free photo editing software

    Free audio editing software
    (Lots of money saved right there)

    Free software updates
    (More money saved)

    Far simpler UI, making it easier to use.

    Far more open than windows.

    Need anymore?
    07-10-2014 02:14 PM
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