The emotion that has crept into the mobile world over the past year has reached a point where almost every site is having to battle with anger, upset and complete bias from its readers. Take a look at the likes of BGR, The Verge and any other large tech site and read the comments- you will see what I mean.
BGR is one of the worst for this from what I can see, but then again I have little sympathy. Any site that takes forever to load and then throws advertising pop-ups in your face does not deserve to have a decent readership. It has become the tabloid website of the tech world. Aside from BGR, it happens everywhere now and in particular between Apple and Google fans. Fans? There are, yes really, fans of large corporations and the bits of plastic (or glass) that they produce.
Having an attachment to a device like a smartphone is somewhat normal, and I would say that wouldn't I, but getting worked up and aggressive about competition is not. I don't understand that even if some people think that I can be far too aggressive when it comes to failures of devices and companies.
Let's start with Apple. A company that I criticise often for a number of reasons. This is an organisation that can spin the world on its own Apple-shaped axis when it comes to product releases and euphoria. People queue up to be the first to get the new iPhone or iPad, the tech media writes endless words about such releases and everything the company does is covered in minute detail. Apple loves the attention because it creates sales and the company knows how to work it perfectly. And so it follows that when the company mis-steps, the negative press will follow. Good or bad, Apple will receive lots of attention and it amazes me how many people get upset when the tables turn and negativity strikes. You can't have it both ways and Apple has got itself into this position. It calls iOS the 'World's most advanced mobile operating system'. Well, if you are going to do that you can expect jeers, negativity and laughs at your expense if you release something as poor as Apple Maps which was described on the Apple site as the ‘most powerful mapping service ever'. That has since been removed.
The perception is that the anger directed at Apple is more than at other companies. This may be the case at times, but the perception Apple gives of itself to the outside world is one of taking time to get things right, sweating the small stuff and not just jumping on the latest bandwagon. This is fine, but then when still things go wrong after all of that sweating the inevitable criticism will follow. The other half of the perception comes off as arrogance and this is why the media and the world jumps when things go wrong. You cannot have it both ways in a democracy.
I feel that arrogance and it is not something I am comfortable with, but I own an iPhone 5, iPad 3 and an iMac and they all work splendidly thank you. That does not mean that I hate Android or people who use Android phones. That does not mean that I am a massive Apple fanboy who cannot take criticism of Apple or its products and I won't jump to the defence of the company when times get tough like so many journalists and others have been doing the past week.
It's time to realise that Apple does not do everything right. As per The New York Times-
The Times claims "numerous interviews" with former Apple employees "made it clear that Mr. Jobs and other executives rarely paid as much attention to Internet services as they did to the devices for which Apple is best known."
That is apparent is it not? iMessage has not worked for me over the past week. The iTunes store is incredibly buggy at the moment, iCloud is still very slow for me and I just don't trust Apple with web stuff. MobileMe, iCloud and the rest; always a sense that it will stop working at some point.
And then there is Google, a company who I much prefer to use for my Cloud needs. A company who now seems to have many, many fans on the jumping on to every website to run down Apple and to explain to us the 25,000 things their Android phone can do that others cannot. It's becoming a virtual war between the two sets of fans, a war caused by their preference for a phone. It sounds ridiculous, but wars have been fought over many stupid things in the past and this isn't really a war is it. It is just an exponentially growing argument that people are wasting far too much of their time on. People like me trying to understand why it is happening.
One thing I am proud of with Lost In Mobile is the discussions that take place. They are almost always respectful and understanding of other reader's choice, but even here the occasional snarky comment is starting to come in about the iPhone and Android phones. I don't want this site to become like the rest and a destination for silly arguments that do no one any good. I want it to remain above the line that so many have chosen to fall below. Yes, I write things that people will not like from time to time so feel free to criticise me, but don't do it to each other.
With that in mind, love what you love and enjoy the variety of choices we have available to us. I don't want to sound over the top, but far too many people in the world have a lot to be upset about. A phone should not be one of them.