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Diary of an Apple Fan [Editorial]

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First of all, let’s get one thing straight: I am not an Apple “fanboy”. I am not an “iSheep”. Or at least by my definition. Yes, those people do exist, but I am not one of them.

This article is about my experience as an Apple fan. In other words, someone who simply prefers Apple products to the competition. As someone who 1) owns Apple products including a MacBook, iPad, and iPhone, and 2) writes for an iPhone blog, I’m constantly given the “fanboy” label by family, friends, and acquaintances.

I also believe I speak for many other non-“fanboy” Apple fans out there, so when I say “I”, I should really be saying “we”.

This article is not going to be an iPhone vs. Galaxy S3 debate, a Windows vs. Mac debate, or similar arguments of any sort. Been drawn into those types of conversations one too many times, really not interested in doing it again.

So … why are we not “fanboys”? (Even though I’m writing for an iPhone blog, literally right this very second?) Or “fangirls”, for that matter?

Well, first let me share what I think this definition is. To me, the term represents someone who blindly purchases every Apple product, regardless of facts, reason, or knowledge to the contrary. They are completely oblivious to any of the other technology options, because they are convinced the Apple product must be the best, without even doing further research, that might prove otherwise.

Therefore, they feel the need to constantly defend their choices, and give their opinion on why Apple is the greatest, without even being asked for it. They get offended and/or upset when someone slags their beloved products, and also let’s face it – they’re usually nerds. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

So, I’ll now use myself as an example. I do not purchase every Apple product. I don’t have Apple TV. I don’t use iWork software. I don’t buy every iteration of the iPad. I don’t own an iMac. I don’t have a Time Capsule.

I’m certainly well aware of the other choices out there. I use a PC for eight hours a day at my job. I own MS Office for Mac. I use Gmail. I’ve used many Android phones. I have friends and family that own them, and I’ve spent hours using them, for comparison’s sake. I’ve used a BlackBerry Playbook. I read most of the major technology blogs (both Apple and other,) understand the facts, and listen to other people’s opinions about non-Apple stuff.

But most importantly: I’m open-minded. I understand the pros and cons of Apple products, when compared to other technology.

So why then, when given the choice, do I usually choose Apple? It boils down to two words, and I cannot stress this enough: personal preference.

I’m the proud owner of a new iPhone 5, so allow me to use this as an example. (Yes I know, I said I wouldn’t debate about this, but ok, maybe I will just a little. So sue me. An example is required to make my point.)

Before purchasing the iPhone, I did my research. I’m aware of the features and functionally of its current biggest rival, the Galaxy S3. I’m aware that it has some features the iPhone 5 does not. I’m aware that in some ways it is superior. And as stated before, I’ve certainly spent a significant amount of time using one.

So again, it’s down to personal preference and opinion. And here’s mine: I don’t like the S3. It’s too big, I find it ugly, and it feels a bit more cheap. The iPhone 5 is an amazing piece of technology. It’s small, thin, light as a feather, while still feeling extremely well-made and sturdy. The screen is amazing – bright, crisp, and extremely detailed. It’s lightning fast, and iOS (while being admittedly a bit stale,) is still my favourite mobile operating system, hands down.

I just do not get the same feeling when using the S3. I feel that Android still isn’t as polished as iOS is. The overall “user experience” still pales in comparison to using the iPhone. It doesn’t feel as smooth. It doesn’t feel as precise. It just doesn’t … feel … the same.

But again, that’s just me. If you don’t share this opinion, that’s fine.

While I don’t blindly follow Apple, I do have a certain amount of trust in them. Yes, the iOS 6 Maps app is a complete debacle. No about about that. But, do I trust that they’ll fix it. At the very least, they’ll do the right thing: if they cannot fix it, I believe they’ll allow Google Maps in the App Store. Alternatively, there is always good ‘ol maps.google.com!

Not everything Apple does is gold. They’ve had their share of dumb mistakes. But, what tech company doesn’t? Apple’s mistakes tend to get the most coverage, (especially lately,) because they are hated almost as much (if not more) as they are loved. But, they usually do things right. In general, when Apple says they are going to do something, they usually do, and they do it well.

When someone asks me my opinion about Apple, sure I’ll give it. But I certainly don’t tell them to “buy Apple, because it’s like, you know, the best, and stuff.” I try to give them facts, both pros and cons. I tell them to do some research themselves. Most importantly – I tell them to try out the various options, and decide for themselves what is best.

Deciding on an iPhone 5 versus a Galaxy S3? At the end of the day, they are both great choices. Both are very capable, well-designed smartphones, loaded with features and functionality. Try them both out, and see which one you like best. Then make your decision! (But errrrr …. please just don’t buy a BlackBerry!)

So in conclusion, I continue to be an Apple fan for the foreseeable future, until something better comes along. If and when that does happen, I’m not opposed to making a switch.

In the meantime, I’m sure I’ll continue to be constantly bombarded by every anti-Apple sentiment, article, video, commercial, comedy routine, etc. etc. etc. across every major social medium: in person, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and even the comments section below this article! There will always be the haters.

But you know what? Bring it on. Technology is my hobby, I’m an Apple fan, (not a fanboy,) and I look forward to hearing all of it!

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  • Peter Goh

    great article…….like it very much

  • Rsvan

    I’m an ex-iPhone user, now SG3 user and am loving it. My iPhone was good but I had enough of the Apple way or the highway.

  • I know how you feel lol

  • bob

    i switched so an s3 … and i couldnt be ANY happier! “Did you make the switch yet” ?

  • Ckavvouras

    Lol yeah I switched to gs3 after seeing my friend downloading pretty much anything he wanted off the net lol, I that alone blew my mind

  • Mark Morissette

    Each and every “I switched to Android” response in this comment thread is, in my eyes, questionable – nobody switches from one platform to another and then intentionally hangs around a webside dedicated 100% (!!) to the previous platform only for the purpose of slagging their previously owned device.

    What we likely have is *Android Fanboys* who are getting their jollies by playing games.

    You see, there are Fanboys on both sides of the fence.

  • JMCD23

    You nailed it with personal preference. I’m a former iPhone user but made the switch because of how open the android operating system is. I actually think the iPhone 5 is a superior device to any current Android offering, by quite a bit. However, I don’t care for Apple’s operating system and the cat/mouse game with jailbreaking. If something were to change in regards to the operating system being open, I’d quite possibly switch back.

  • Anthony ?

    I agree with the personal choice angle, too many people take the “us vs them” attitude on both sides of the fence. Personally I prefer the iPhone over the current crop of Android devices but that’s not cast in stone.

    What I do appreciate about Apple, and have for many years, is their focus on industrial design and build quality. When you look at an iPhone, MacBook Air, iPad, etc you can’t help but admire the industrial design, the minimal use of plastic externally, and the feeling of “quality” that the products exude. And it’s not just optics, this aspect of their products is real. Many people like to dismiss this it by attempting to discredit the value that quality design brings, or referring to them as overpriced toys, but for those who appreciate such things, you realize that it makes a world of difference. And of course, when you’re paying the same price for an iPhone 5 vs S3 or a MacBook Air vs the latest HP Ultrabook, you can’t really use the overpriced argument anymore.

    The “walled garden” aspect doesn’t bother me, and I think this is a false argument in most cases when used to support the “Android is open” position. Yes, you can do a lot of stuff with your open device, much like I can do a lot of stuff with my closed device. Aside from the Jailbreaking aspect (which I’ve tried a few times but don’t really get much out of) or the argument about replacing the default apps, I don’t really see what iPhone doesn’t let you do. The app ecosystem is massive, there’s an app for almost anything, so aside from a very specific list of things, what exactly is this “walled garden” restricting you from doing?

    In the end, it’s all about what sort of stuff you want to do with your phone, which brings us back to the personal choice aspect which Mike addressed so well.

  • Well stated. A friend and I were just discussing this last night and how we get particularly aggravated when stating you’re an Apple user for a particular platform – be it iOS, OS X, Apple TV – turns into a raging argument and personal attacks. Personal preference doesn’t seem to count as valid to some people.

  • Your wording is atrocious, just saying..
    “I try them to try out the various options, and decide for themselves what is best.”
    Why the double wording? Few times that’s popped up.

    More people need to read this though! Personal preference all the way!

  • crosseyed_mofo

    if i were to switch, it would be to a lumia/winmo

    saying this to a fandroid never ends with clean results

  • I am an android/ms user but I always recommend apple products to my less techy friends. I know that they will be happy with a simple elegant solution and won’t be calling me for help. Unless they are budget conscious of course

  • You make a good point Mark. I follow this blog because I want to know everything there is to know about my iPhones and iOS.

  • iamlynda

    great editorial Mike! Cheers!

  • Thanks for the compliment! Glad you like. APPLE RULES! WOOOO!!! Just kidding 🙂

  • GREAT point. I do the same. For example – I gave my old iPhone to my parents! Even they must be able to figure this out …….. hmm ok, maybe not 😛

  • Thanks for pointing out the typo. That’s what it is … a typo. I don’t actually talk like that. 🙂

  • Thanks for the comment. What you say is true. I think it’s because people immediately assume that when you purchase Apple, it’s because you’re too dumb to know any better, don’t do your research, and/or are just being suckered in by Apple’s marketing ploy. In reality, it’s because we do our research, and determine for ourselves that we believe Apple to be the superior product, at this particular point in time.

  • Hey Anthony! Thanks for the comment. “That’s not cast in stone” – great point. I think a lot of people assume because we buy Apple, immediately assumes we blindly follow them and will be forever tied to them. Not the case at all! If Apple starts going downhill, I’ll be amongst the first to switch!

    Also I agree – that feeling of “quality” is just there with most Apple products, and I just don’t get the same feeling on anything else. As I sit here and type this on my 13″ Mac Pro, I can’t help but feel it right now!

    Now for a business laptop I’ll be the first to concede a Mac isn’t the way to go, unless you’re in a very specific industry. I work in I.T. and love my IBM ThinkPad T420.

    Good point about jailbreak – as you’ll recall I wrote an editorial about that too. 🙂 I’m totally with you on that one!

  • Completely fair point. As a consumer, your preference is to place priority on “openness” in the OS. Completely valid and if that is one of your biggest concerns/likes in a phone, then I can see how Android is superior in that regard. I like how you are able to articulate why you prefer Android though, rather than the typical “Apple sucks!” argument!

  • haha yeah good point. “Apple sucks! But … can I be part of your club??” haha

  • Great for you. I’m glad you found a product you like. That’s what it’s all about right? I happen to like my IP5. To each his own!

  • Thanks! Hope you keep on reading

  • Jeremy

    Good article, from a different perspective

  • Jacqui J

    Just cause I switched to an gs3 doesn’t mean I’m not interested in apple products anymore. I.e. iPad liked your article.

  • FuredoKrueger

    Great article Mike, I find myself in the same position. I own several Apple devices, but certainly do not buy everything they spit out.

    If you don’t mind, i just wanted to point out that on the paragraph where you talk about the maps, there is a tiny mistake, you should change “write” for “right”. Thanks!!

  • Thanks for pointing that out. How embarrassing! I hate grammatical errors. I’ve corrected it.

  • So you have both GS3 and iPad, that’s cool. Do you find you run into any hassles / problems when it comes to syncing across both devices?

  • Brandon

    I currently own the S3 and I think this article is the greatest thing I’ve seen since iPhone 5 came out.

    I think Android is a little better ONLY if you know what you’re doing. Custom ROMs can make android feel a lot more functional and updating to Jelly Bean OS will include Project Butter making UI animations smoother.

    On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 5 feels supreme. The design was incredible to be able to fit that much processing power and capabilities into that thin of a device. While the only customization to iOS available is jailbreaking, the OS is already polished for the user at a little bit more money.

    In conclusion, I believe both products have their beauties at the end of the day, but they are for different audiences.

  • Couldn’t agree more

  • Cliff

    All idiotic points! I hang around here because I love my iPod Touch, my Apple TV and my iPad2. I was about to get my first iPhone but research showed me that the iPhone 5 is still underwhelming. I’m now targeting the iPhone 6 or 7. So, yes, I got a Galaxy 3. I still love my Apple products, even many aspects of iOS – but not your paranoia, fanboy!

  • Perhaps you missed the name of this website: “iPhone in Canada”. Read again … iPhone … in Canada. Not Apple TV, not iPod. I’m glad you read this site and appreciate it, but not quite sure how my points are “idiotic”. If anything, your point doesn’t make much sense because again … this is an iPhone blog. Can’t recall the last time I saw an article about Apple TV. Also not quite sure what you mean about “paranoia”, that one is lost on me. What is it that I am paranoid about, exactly?

  • Nima

    Great. This is how you (and the other contributors to this blog) should be writing. Your attitude with Samsung, Google, etc is sometimes really annoying. The most obvious case is Usman. I’m here to write about iphone in Canada. I don’t really enjoy hearing your thoughts on the quality of Samsung’s TV ads (for these, I go to Gizmodo etc).

  • Chrissmo2011

    Hey Mike, I think it was a great article well written until you get to begging people to not buy blackberry. You almost had me believing that you did have an open mind.

  • Jeff Clemens

    I have to ask though as someone who is objective. Do you think it really makes a difference with which OS you use?

  • Absolutely, 100% it does. The OS is the layer on top of every piece of the phone’s functionality. It represents how a person interacts with their phone in every possible way. I don’t really understand how the OS would NOT make a difference!?

  • Just a little joke. Poking fun at RIM’s lack of success lately. As a Canadian I’m personally rooting for a comeback. Guess we’ll see!

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