Years ago, after the announcement of a new product on the market called an iPhone, Steve Balmer gives out one of his more famous responses about a competing company's product. Years go by, the
Microsoft Zune is worms meat, and Apple has gone from dead - to wonder child - to greedy rich evil corporation. Much of which Microsoft has been accused of as well.
....and I'm called an Apple fanboy.
Let me preface everything first by laying out why I have proof that I am not. At work, on my desk, I have a Windows 10 workstation, a Mac Mini workstation (my main system), and a Linux workstation (Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Ubuntu or Xubuntu or Linux Mint or etc..). At home I have Windows 10, a really really old Mac mini (think 2009), and I have a Ubuntu 17.10 system running server and Gnome3 desktop. Linux is my main system. As you can see, I use all 3 of the major operating systems. Every. Damned. Day.
So what do you have?
And at home, most of our mobile devices (not laptops) are Apple based. We have Apple TVs on our televisions. The Mini is only used for iTunes for use as a media server. Its far too old and crappy for anything else. Windows I get on it sometimes when I'm bored or I'm doing updates on my linux server. And I personally use an Asus ZenPad tablet at home.
The X is by far so much faster and prettier. All glass, kicks ass.
So how am I not an Apple fan boy? Simple, I'm not bitter. Literally anyone that accuses one user of being biased is usually one of those people that is bitterly jealous/hateful of that brand. I've found that people just take this stuff way too personal. You'll hear excuses (no, not reasons) like "They just came out with a feature that my product has had for years". Well, I bet your car uses a Hydramatic transmission, but I don't see you complaining that General Motors had that for decades. Seriously people, what does any of that matter?
My point is, if you really don't like this brand then don't buy it. Simple. You don't have to complain about its mere existence and then attempt to belittle the product/company all the while bestowing grace on the item that you have. Like having a different smart phone gets you anywhere in life.
The debate goes on.
Recently a gentleman that I know went on a rant about how bad Apple is. All of the Apple products. He went from how they're proprietary and they lock down all of their products, about how all the kids now are using Android phones instead of iPhones. He even went on about how Apple Homekit was useless because you had to buy Apple approved products because their protocol was closed. Hey, cool, I get it. You don't like Apple. I don't like coconut (long story and yes I'm weird).
I've formed my own opinion on things and why. Usually, geeks and techno-nerds will have the Android based devices. We like to tinker with things like this. But they're not for everyone. iOS isn't as complicated, has a ton of apps (this is a big deal for many), and the Apple iDevice eco-system is hands down the best of all of them. Just plug them in, connect them to wi-fi, done. Literally. But this comes at a price. iPhones aren't normally given away with a new cellular contract any longer, android based phones are.
When it comes to smart devices, I like to look at them like I look at operating systems. They each do most of the same stuff, just differently. One might be better for games, the other is better for video/audio, etc. One has great hardware, but the other has its software written so they don't have to throw extra power at it to perform the same functions.
I was so patient
For me, I've finally gotten my new iPhone X. I waited until the Knox Apple store had some in stock to get one because I was trading in my old iPhone 6+ for credit towards the purchase of the X. I got to the store and had to make an appointment because the line was so huge (Christmas season of course). So meanwhile, mexican food for lunch and college football. After an hour I went in and got it. As anyone knows, the process is pretty easy. The apple guy helping was so happy when I said I'd set up the phone at home. Makes you wonder what horrors he deals with on a daily basis.
Physically its a step down in size. It fits so well in my hand. But the screen is a step up in size. Weight seems about the same to me, but I've never compared the two (I had an iPhone 6Plus). The X is by far so much faster and prettier. All glass, kicks ass. The FaceID work perfectly for me so far up til now, including with glasses on. I'm finding I have to almost face directly at the phone for it to work, but I'm not sure if thats just me or if I need to train it better.
Well, I bet your car uses a Hydramatic transmission, but I don't see you complaining that General Motors had that for decades.
My mother is over 70 and has an old iPhone thats turned off. She's been using an Samsung Galaxy phone for a few months and she hates it. Her reasons are that her iPhone was just easier for her to use, smoother in how it worked, and she felt safer since androids are having a lot of security problems the past year or so (she watches a lot of news). So she's just comparing the two, based upon her usage.
My father, he says they're all useless. But he's blind and stubborn.
Which is better? Neither. Both. All. Find the one that you like and that does what you want. Once you do, thats the best one.
For me, its my iPhone X. Its mine, all mine! Get your own. If you're on the bench between two, look at either the iPhone X or Google Pixel 2 and their app stores.
And lastly, stop saying android/iPhone is better than android/iPhone. Android is software, iPhone is hardware. They aren't the same.
This week's link is from Talk Python to Me, by Michael Kennedy. This recent episode (ep #141) with Dan Bader goes over Dan's recent book,Python Tricks. While I haven't read the book yet, its been ranked #1 on Amazon.com. And while these two guys are experts in the language of python, the podcast was easy to go along with for a new guy like myself. This week's link is from Talk Python to Me, by Michael Kennedy. This recent episode (ep #141) with Dan Bader goes over Dan's recent book,Python Tricks. While I haven't read the book yet, its been ranked #1 on Amazon.com. And while these two guys are experts in the language of python, the podcast was easy to go along with for a new guy like myself.