Fanboy vs Fanboy

I’m tired of the Fanboy wars, just done with it. As I get older, I realise how stupid some of the things I used to do really are. One of those things was being a Fanboy. First I liked Windows and thought that those people using iPods were stupid. Then I moved to Linux (Ubuntu) and thought Windows was a piece of shit. Then I moved to the Mac, became a Macnatico (a fanatic of some kind) and thought everyone else was crazy for not using Apple products. So stupid and immature.

I now have finally come to understand that there is no one true platform or device to rule them all. This is not Lord of the Rings, this is real life. The iPhone is great at fluidity, design, app ecosystem, security, etc. Android is great at choice, customisation, price point, range of available devices and form factors, etc. They all have strengths and weakness that stem from their design philosophy. Windows is very good for doing the kind of work I do the most, and so even though I use a Mac, it has Office.

I write this because in the past few weeks since the new iPhones came out, the vitriol and stupidity from colleagues, family members, friends, and complete strangers has been almost unbearable. I told someone close to me about #BendGate (stupid Gate everything is so old) that I wasn’t a hurt Fanboy because of the stuff being said, it was the blown out proportions of the situation and lack of professionalism from the media that bothered me. Mainstream media knows about the Fanboy wars and uses it to fuel ratings, truth or accuracy is the least of their concerns. If you try to correct their crap, you’re a hurt Fanboy and must be ridiculed.

Unless you buy me the device and pay for the monthly fee that goes with it, I couldn’t care less about what you think of it. I never tell anyone what to buy unless they ask for my opinion and for the life of me can’t understand why seeing that people buy Apple stuff constitutes such a life threatening offense to someone else. If you like Android so much that you feel supremely superior to someone else that it gives you the divine right to scold and ridicule another person for buying an iPhone, you are a Fanboy too. Just a different kind of Fanboy, but a Fanboy nonetheless.

I don’t like Android. I don’t. I don’t like the look and feel of the interface, the lack of security in some aspects, and the fact that most apps look like they were designed by a not very bright, high school aged programmer. That being said, I don’t go around telling people off for buying one. I do like to throw jabs sometimes at Samsung, but that’s just fun retaliation for the ad campaign they love so much where they treat Apple customers like doofuses. And I do from time to time point out the lack of security and updates from the Android side, which is true and unless they do something about it I will keep on doing.

I’ve come to appreciate that there is no right tool to do everything. No smartphone can completely replace a tablet for some things. No tablet can completely replace the laptop for some things. There is a tool for every job, a platform that suits your preferences best, and it’s your money.

Stop the stupid fighting and appreciate the fact that we live in a time of so much useful technology and diversity. Used to be that one company usually had a monopoly of the tools for the job and that is no longer the case. Choose what works for you and stop waisting time and energy on this pitiful crap. Then again this is the internet, and some Fanboy will take issue with this and say I’m stupid and the circle of crap will go on.

One can dream.

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