Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flame Wars: Apple Lovers vs. Fan-Droids

I love reading tech news. All these lovely tech morsels have a comment feature at the end of the post where idiots of the world unite to provide the least insightful comments this side of the Milky Way. Every blue moon, there is a gem...a beautiful comment that must be framed and hung in the "Comment Hall of Fame." But this post is not about the good ones. It's about a war...a war between the top two smart phone Operating Systems.

My favorite comment reel is on PhoneArena.com, where Android phone fans (Fan-Droids) and iPhone fans (Apple Lovers) square off in a battle royale of comment warfare. Terrible grammar and spelling mistakes abound, these two heated enemies launch grenades of "Yo momma can't run Gingerbread" and fire mortars of "My dog could figure out iOS." 

My favorites of the flame wars are the following: 
  • "Go check your FACTS!" when they themselves have no clue what a fact really is.
  • "LMAO! Did you really say that the iPhone is better because it's prettier?"
  • Subjective comments that someone else actually would prefer (e.g., battery life, User Interface, Call clarity)

Believe it or not...
...this begs an intelligent discussion. These hopeless fans are demonstrating one of the economy's greatest assets: competition. What if Apple was alone? What if the iPhone was the only smart phone ever to grace this Earth? We would have endless cycles of iPhone 3G to 3GS upgrades. With Android's strong presence and Microsoft lingering in the smart phone arena, Apple needs to rethink their release strategy (I'm looking at you white iPhone). Competition is what feeds our advances in technology and spurs innovation...the need to stay ahead. As long as competitors compete in competition, there will be competing competitors competing to compete.

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