I remember back in 2007 when Apple unveiled the very first iPhone. Following months of speculation and rumor, it was official. It was a game changer then just as it is now. I wound up selling my Dell Axim PDA and my iPod Classic to fund the endeavor – $500 worth of tech right out of the gate. I was 19 at the time – when $500 was significantly more of an investment than it would be now. I got to Carousel (fuck Destiny) around 5:30 AM and still got beat by four people. I was fifth in line at 6 AM, I waited 12 hours for the release. The news was there, reporters were there, the line stretched to Macy’s and back. I got the phone and couldn’t even activate it right away because of how bombed Apple’s and AT&T’s servers were. That marked the beginning of the smartphone boom.
I’m no stranger to iOS and the iPhone. I had the original 2G, the 3G, and then I stood in line again for the 4. I picked up the 5 a month or so after launch, and I’ll soon have the 6 Plus. I’ve beta tested pretty much every iOS iteration over the years. I’m a lifer, as the saying goes. I’m invested in Apple’s ecosystem, the apps, iCloud, the interconnectivity, the astonishing tech that ‘just works’ with other Apple devices. When a developer comes up with a killer idea, they develop it for iOS before all else.
And now, here we are, launch day for the iPhone 6. I’ve seen my share of retardation already today, and it’s not even 10 AM (it probably will be by the time I post this, however). You can’t deny that Apple knows how to sell a product. You don’t see this kind of hype and excitement for an Android device. You don’t see a sold out keynote address unveiling a new Samsung phone. You don’t see preorder sales records getting smashed for the next great Galaxy device. You just don’t. Apple makes a slick, sexy-looking device that excels at melding hardware and software. It’s what Apple has been known for in their computers and they’re yet to fail when it comes to their mobile devices.
But today on the internet, I see people continuing to bash the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. “It’s copying everything from Samsung” they’ll say. Let’s talk about this:
Copying Samsung’s Innovation
First of all, let’s just say it takes a certain degree of condescension for an Android fanboy to actually put together a graphic like this. What’s the point behind it? Honestly, it’s someone that feels so strongly that their choice is the only right one. For whatever reason.
I’d spend time debunking most of this graphic, but I’ll just leave you with two thoughts:
My first thought: Sure, Android may have had these features since 2012. They could have had them since 2007 honestly. What matters is functionality and integration. Android is cutting edge. And I mean bleeding, ugly, glitchy, and buggy cutting edge. They add features and functionality that either doesn’t work well, isn’t widely implemented, isn’t refined enough, or is too complex to use regularly. NFC for instance, how many times have you used it on your NFC-enabled Android phone? Ever? Probably not. How secure are your payments or financial information? At all? Does it generate single-use card numbers to prevent identity theft? Probably not. My point is that while Apple may be late to the game for some of these feature – they’ve improved on every single one. The features Apple ‘copied’ have been integrated cleanly and intuitively compared to Android’s versions. Nearly every feature above that Android had before iOS, Apple has improved upon. It’s important to note that Apple won’t implement half-baked technology. They will bide their time, and when it’s ready they’ll roll it out. They did it with LTE back in the day, they’re doing it now with screen size and NFC and everything else. This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.
My second thought: Fuck all of you self-righteous assholes. For fuck’s sake. It’s a goddamn phone. A device that you carry with you and use on a daily basis. If you like Android, good for fucking you. If you like iOS and iPhone, good for fucking you. You want to tinker? Get an HTC or a Nexus. You want a phone that just works and integrates with your Mac seamlessly? Get an iPhone. If you’re on the fence about what to get:
DON’T LISTEN TO ANYONE’S OPINION.
Everyone has a fucking agenda and if they tell you to go one way or the other – it’s their opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. So what you need to do, is go to the store and use them. Play with the phones. See which you like better. Read up on their features. Do your fucking research. Asking Facebook for help is the worst thing you can do, so don’t even bother asking.
It’s all personal opinion, so go fuck yourselves.