Warning: this is a long post about consumer electronics and may not appeal to everyone.
I don’t know exactly why it is, but the Android vs. Apple argument gets under my skin. It’s the Great Debate of my generation (unfortunately), but I have to deliberately avoid chat threads ‘discussing’ the competing operating systems, or I wind up making angry comments and whinging to innocent bystanders about stupid people.
I don’t claim to be either/or in this debate. I have owned an iPhone and currently have an iPad. I’ve also had a Galaxy S tablet and I’m using an android smartphone at the moment. I use Windows OS on my computer, but only because I couldn’t afford a macbook when I needed to replace my old one. I’ve used desktop Macs on campus. I think I have objectively tried every aspect of the Windows/Apple/Android triad, and to be perfectly honest there isn’t a big enough disparity to notice. It comes down to individual devices and their flaws and features, and whether those suit your personal requirements.
What really makes me angry, however, is the anti-apple hatred that goes on. For a good portion of internet users, it seems just owning an Apple product makes you a pariah – an object of scorn, derision and unstemmed anger that you so obviously deserve for daring to buy such a device. I say anti-apple, because I have rarely – if ever – seen such vitriol directed to the android community.
As a case in point, my elderly aunt related the following story to me this week. As the excited new owner of an iPad 4, she decided to take advantage of our local library’s technology-tuition-for-seniors courses to learn how to use it properly. My aunt is quite able to make rational decisions about technology, and is adept at emailing, picture messaging and smiley faces. She has an android smart phone. She bought an iPad after discussing it with her family, and uses it primarily to FaceTime with them. She made the appointment for her first 1:1 tuition session with the library and rocked up with iPad in hand.
The tutor exploded. She ranted. For a good five minutes. She told my aunt that her apple product was a useless, overly expensive and stupid device. She recounted the rivalry between her brother (Apple fan) and herself (Samsung groupie) and how anyone who owned an iDevice was gullible and idiotic, before refusing my aunt tuition – because she didn’t know anything about the iPad.
Needless to say, Aunty left with no intention to return. Later the library contacted her to make a return appointment and mentioned that the tutor she had met was no longer there. But the point here is not the woman’s unprofessionalism, but her unreasonable attitude. And it is this attitude I find everywhere that the operating system debate bubbles up. Apple fans will defend their products if forced to, but it is Android lovers who go out on the offensive. And it is Apple consumers who are regularly bullied, called names and abused. I have experienced Android users make false claims and overtalk their devices, while bashing iOS devices they have never used.
I don’t know where the hatred comes from – I think it’s akin to ‘real geeks’ vs. ‘wannabes’ (another argument that sees a group whose identity stems from being bullied turning into the bullies themselves). But the majority of Apple users aren’t out to flash a status symbol. They aren’t trying to rub the distinctive design on their iDevice in your face and flaunt their wealth… they just want something stable, well-supported and tried and tested that they know will work for them.
Get off your imaginary high horse, Android fanboys, your OS isn’t better or worse than Apple’s, it’s just different. Directing anger, violence and hatred at something just because it’s different is a good way to get hated yourself.
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