This is what I saw on my Facebook feed today in the morning when I woke up. I was tagged in yet another baseless meme that a good friend of mine posted. Well, I have been getting this for the last couple of days now and I thought there has to be an answer to why?
It’s quite easy to understand the whole ‘being in the news’ theme when you’re an actor, an actress, an athlete or a politician, but if I talk about one company that’s in the news all around the globe all through the 365 days of the year then the title proudly goes to Apple and their product line-up. It’s not big, there are only a few products ranging across all their different options, but they stay in the news.
Reason, you may ask? Perhaps, it’s largely because of “iSheeps” like me as people fondly call us or others who actually don’t have any other topic to discuss, comment on or share other than Apple and how bad our iPhones are when compared to their respective Android or Windows counterparts. Well, maybe the Android and Windows devices are really good, they might have the massive 6GB RAM and they might have introduced dual camera system a couple of years earlier than the current iPhone 7 and they might have better screens, better battery, better this and better that, but I’m really not interested to listen to either of these arguments. I am not the person who goes around discussing these technical aspects and specifications of devices and start a war based on the size of RAM my smartphone has. So, then it’s not really me who makes Apple popular because I’m blindly going to trust that name and buy something from Apple. “Mind you, I’d still do that only if I really like something Apple is selling.” It’s people who constantly pick verbal battles or online comment war who make the iPhones popular.
I recently had a very good conversation with an online tech friend (who isn’t an iSheep like me) and I asked him, “Why do some people hate iPhones so much” and he had a very simple and straightforward answer, “Primarily because they think it is costly, because they don’t want it, because they feel the iPhones are running behind and maybe it’s out of their reach, they think they can easily purchase any other Android or a Windows smartphone for much cheaper with better configuration than the iPhones and they hate the Apple fan boys/girls.” Well, this was brutally honest, but then again, it’s simple if the iPhone is bad and ill configured and if you are going to buy a cheaper and a better alternative, why fight? I don’t go around fighting for this. If I like something, I’m going to get it. I love my iPhone, but I also love my Lumia, my Android and other devices that I have. I say this because I have tried or I still have the other products with me along with my iPhone and when I compare them for myself, it just happens to be that I love the iPhone more. Maybe, it’s the build quality, maybe the screen, maybe the camera, maybe the whole Apple family thing, maybe because I can replace my device if it doesn’t work.
Back in 2012, I used to be a big Apple and iPhone hater (don’t ask), I have always been a die-hard Nokia fan (all because of the wonderful camera and the never die build quality), but I eventually gave way for an iPhone 4S. It was amazing, the 4S was an older variant since the iPhone 5 launched in 2012 and when I knew I can really jump on to the 5 I never looked back. The same story goes with my love for Nokia, I have a Nokia Lumia 1020 and a Nokia Lumia 1520 with me only because they read Nokia on the front and the back of the devices that reminds me of the quality craftsmanship they offered with the Nokia branded smartphones, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the HTC One I used or the One Plus I had or the Galaxy Notes I gave away or the Sony Xperia that I left behind. No matter what I get and use, the benchmark for me has always been the iPhone and I say for me.
So, this is pretty simple, if you believe the iPhones or any of the Apple products are unnecessarily expensive, they lag, they are years behind, they aren’t competitive, they look the same, they are bad, by all means don’t get them, don’t waste your hard earned money on them (which I know you aren’t going to anyway), but along with that, please don’t worry about the iSheeps.
Steve Jobs in an interview once mentioned that Apple always wants to make great products and if people like them they’ll buy it, if they don’t they won’t and perhaps, that’s the bottom line for each company, each manufacturer out there. If I need/want/love/like an iPhone, I will have an iPhone and If I like anything else, I’ll have that too, it’s as simple. There’s nothing else I’ll compensate with. Yes, Brand loyalty is stupid, but so is blind Brand Hatred.
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