December 20, 2014

A Familiar Situation

apples_to_orangesI write this today at the very real risk of further exposing my age. I’ve already divulged in articles past that I worked with Novell in the 90’s and have a lego-loving nine year old but this may serve to better pinpoint the number of rings around my mid section.

It’s exciting to see how Android is beginning to ruffle some iPhone feathers. It’s becoming more and more evident that a mano-a-mano confrontation between these two camps for the minds (and wallets) of Joe Consumer is eminent. But before Android vs. iPhone there were some other much more intense battle lines drawn. Mac vs. PC, IBM PC vs. Clone, DOS vs. Windows, PC-DOS vs. MS-DOS, Word vs. Wordstar, Excel vs. Lotus 123 or even Wordstar vs. WordPerfect. If you remember living through any of these historical IT battles then you are about as old as I am! If not, then a short history lesson is in order.

For whatever reason I.T., which for the purposes of this article includes mobile smartphones which are really just small computers, has long had a habit of fostering divided loyalties. When I was a Novell guy I regularly battled the Microsoft guys. Those that loved DOS weren’t about to let it go for that “graphical Windows nonsense.” The conversation went beyond a discussion of which application or process was better or worse and after a while things became personal. You would meet a WordPerfect user and immediately not like them; mumbling under your breath how dumb they were as you powered up your awesome WordStar document. Sure it was funny, bordering on immature as I look back at it, but that’s the way it was when the battle intensified.

The most enduring of the battles has proven to be Mac vs. PC– thanks in large part to those amazing “I’m a Mac” commercials. You would be hard pressed to find someone into both platforms, you are either a Mac or you are a PC. It’s clear to me as I scour the web for information about Android that a new battle is not only brewing, but intensifying. In just over a year, Android seems to be the fly in the iPhone ointment and iPhone lovers are taking note. With Gartner projecting an Android takeover of iPhone by 2012 it seems the playful banter between the two sides is turning personal.

Google the phrase “I hate Android” and you will find 10,200 sites to explore. Most spiteful, however, are the comments left on pro-Android articles. At the risk of offending some, here are a few examples. Those with weak stomachs, anger issues or just a general nasty disposition are encouraged to turn away. My responses are included with the understating that none of these comments were posted about anything I or anyone else on AndroidGuys.com wrote so my replies aren’t personal:

iPhone:
“This is hearsay and complete jealousy of Apple.
Good luck with the lack of apps on Android and glut of Android phones to confuse the consumer to death”

Android:
Jealous? I’m not jealous of Apple. I’ve been able to find an app at the Android Market for most everything I need and a few things I didn’t need.  Death from confusion?  Politicians everywhere are glad that’s not really possible.

iPhone:
“Are android phones selling like hotcakes ? I don’t think so. The G1 and G2 haven’t sold much. ”

Android:
1 million in the first six months I think qualifies as hotcakes. Hotcakes with bacon, some potatoes, powdered sugar, and warm maple syrup.

iPhone:
“This android OS will NEVER become a seamless user experience… EVER… Why? Too many handsets from too many hardware manufactures. Too many BS options… too many options period that won’t work well…. ie BLOATWARE…”

Android:
BS options, bloatware, I got your BS option right…. um, sorry. Android is neither BS nor bloated, thank you very much! :)

The line in the sand has been drawn. The “iPhoners” hate us. Normally, being hated is not the greatest thing in the world but it beats being ignored. Android was a gleam in Google’s eyes just a few short years ago. It was looked at with interest and a condescending wink by Apple at launch. But now it’s the bull pounding against the foundation of the glass house iPhone sits on. Will iPhone topple? Is Gartner right in projecting 2012 as the year Apple is looking up in the sales standings at Android? We will see, but either way it’s nice to be in the middle of another classic IT battle.



  • http://www.daverea.com/ medicdave

    Interestingly, the "battle of the smartphones" seems to bridge the gap between the IT battles we've half-smilingly looked upon for years, and their "real world" analogs – foreign vs. domestic cars, plasma vs. LCD, Nike vs. Adidas… How? Because while IT skirmishes are largely confined to occurring between tech-types and power-users, smartphones bring the world of computing platforms out from behind the geek curtain. Perhaps because they're a much more "personal feeling" piece of technology than one's desktop computer, even users typically uninterested in operating systems and CPUs can feel a connection to what makes their technology work.

  • Jeroen

    Ah Apple fanboys…I have stopped taking them seriously a long time ago.
    They'll won't admit it but they are really just scared of Android.

  • Jeroen

    "Google the phrase “I hate Android” and you will find 10,200 sites to explore."

    Results 1 – 10 of about 38,700,000 for I hate iPhone.
    Results 1 – 10 of about 30,600,000 for I hate Apple. (0.28 seconds)

    Heh.

    • Jose

      Hahaha, I was going to add that but didn't. There is no doubt there is more hate for iPhone/Apple than there is for Android/Google. Imagine how much thicker the line will be when the "Droid Does" commercials hit!

  • Jorenko

    1. http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/352213/im-a-mac-and-i
    2. Yes, in every community, there are one or two guys who have irrational hatred for everything outside of that community. That doesn't mean the whole camp is a bunch of xenophobic asshats, though.

    • Jose

      Wow, thanks for that Jorenko. Every Mac person I have ever known grew up on a PC but never owned one. That's an interesting article. Thanks also for introducing me to the phrase "xenophobic asshats"; I am SO making a T-shirt with that on it :). Who wants one?

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/AndroidNewb AndroidNewb

        I'll take two, can mine say "I'm with xenophobic asshat —>"?

  • http://www.passwordhelpline.com/Sky-Account-Switch-Over-Looms/Y2009-09-30.htm Sky Account Help

    While IT skirmishes are largely confined to occurring between tech-types and power-users, smart phones bring the world of computing platforms out from behind the geek curtain.Even users typically uninterested in operating systems and CPU's can feel a connection to what makes their technology work.

  • http://twitter.com/Phantomsmask @Phantomsmask

    I find it kind of interesting. I lost a friend over the fact that I have an android phone (G1) and that I have no interest in being a slave to something like the iphone or apple. Not only did I drop his a (friend due to his ignorant comments about Android, I couldn't stand being around him. (there were other reasons as well as me de-friending him)

  • http://twitter.com/Phantomsmask @Phantomsmask

    Enter text right here!I find it kind of interesting. I lost a friend over the fact that I have an android phone (G1) and that I have no interest in being a slave to something like the iphone or apple. Not only did I drop his a (friend due to his ignorant comments about Android, I couldn't stand being around him. (there were other reasons as well as me de-friending him)

    I have also converted 3 others to the G1 this past year (before mytouch came out) My phone does everything I need it to do, want it to do and get to do.

    Oh and Droid Does commerical is out, at least here in Minnesota and it's pretty awesome on a big plasma screen tv. Too bad I can't jump ship to verizon. I love T-mobile.

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/Thomas520 Thomas520

    Oh how we love to irritate those who 'think' they are better then us! I happen to be a iPhone hater, simply put as they own exclusive rights and no other variance can be made with that platform. So that makes them better? Having 85,000 apps is a bragging right? Let face it, will you ever use that many…. and Apple how long did it take you to get to that point??? Android is here, and more and more of my friends and family are switching over… (save my daughter and son-n-law). Why, because there are more and more phones coming out and better yet, more and more carriers buying into it……
    As for the age thing…… I am sure you even can drag in early video games…. Atari vs. Colleco Vision…. if you remember that, then I truly know your age…..

    • Jose

      Hahaha, no comment :) Thanks Thomas and good luck convincing your daughter and son-in-law to join the Android parade!!

  • bandi

    Just to clarify something. Android getting pole position in front of iPhone in 2012 doesn't necessarily mean that Android is going to be the better, nicer more useful platform. I hope it will be the better one…but as they say here..we shouldn't get drunk with cold water.

    BTW: great article. Thumbs up!

    • Jose

      Good point. A better goal is to be better, nicer and more useful THEN overtake iPhone! Thanks for the comment!

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    ha yeah those are old It battles and there are only more It battle to come.

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    Yeah I remember some of those old it battles. Ah those were the days. Now its all babble.

  • https://mutiarar06.student.ipb.ac.id Mutia

    the next world war.. iphone vs android..