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Be a Fanboy of Good Technology [Opinion]

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To say that I love technology would be a bit of an understatement. These are all of the smartphones that I have owned or currently own: HTC Touch Pro2, HTC Droid Eris, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid 2, iPhone 4, HTC Droid Incredible, iPhone 4S, Palm Pre 2, and HTC Trophy. One Windows Mobile phone, one Windows Phone 7 phone, four Android phones, two iOS phones, and one webOS phone. I grew up playing the NES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy, Playstation, Playstation 2, and now the Xbox 360. I’ve owned a Dell Dimension laptop, an iMac, a Dell Vostro 220, and an ASUS eeePC. At work I use a MacBook Pro running OS X on one desktop and Windows Server 2008 R2 on the other desktop.

It’s not just that I own a smartphone or that I grew up with computers; I love technology. From the lists above you can also tell that I don’t just love a certain company, I love all sorts of technology. With my own hard earned money I’ve purchased expensive devices on and off contract. I work with Macs and PCs every day at work. I play casual games on my phone and heavier games on my Xbox, but every once in a while I think about breaking out the PS2 to relive the glory days of Cool Borders 2 with my brother or hogging the PS1 to play through Final Fantasy VIII (which is better than VII, of course).

Having seen how much time and money I’ve invested into all sorts of technology, you can imagine how frustrating it is for someone to tell me that I don’t understand technology or that I’m a fanboy of one thing or another. Not only do I spend much of my free time writing about and playing with technology, but I make a living working on computers. Like every human I have preferences, but I’ve still worked with a variety of devices from sundry companies. 

I’ve had people assume that since I wrote something critical of Windows Phone then I must not have used any Windows Phone devices. Once I point out that I reviewed two different devices and own a Trophy they usually never reply. I’ve written articles that are critical of Android, so I’m accused of being an iOS fanboy. I’ve written articles here that are in defense of Android as a platform and still I’m told that I’m an idiot and a fanboy of Apple or Microsoft.

I don’t mind if someone disagrees with me. That’s fine. What I hate is when someone calls me an idiot or a fanboy. I know a lot about technology. There are plenty of people who know more about technology than I do, but I’m no novice. More importantly, based on my purchase decisions it’s clear that I love all sorts of technology. I like how Joshua Topolsky put it on the 20th Vergecast:

There’s a guy in our chat saying, “You are Apple fanboys.” It’s like, in what way are we Apple fanboys? First off, why do I have to be a fanboy? This is what I can’t understand. You’re so freaking pedantic. Why do you have to be a fanboy if you use something? This computer is just a computer. It doesn’t say anything about me as a human being. And I don’t think that it does.

I mean, I have a Galaxy Nexus in my pocket. I wish people could understand the words that we use, because you don’t know what a fanboy is. If you think I’m a fanboy, you don’t understand how to use words. And that is what’s so crazy to me.

You know what? I am a fanboy. No, I am a fanboy. Everybody at The Verge is a fanboy. We’re fanboys of good [technology]. We like technology that works really well.

Five weeks later Josh again returned to the accusations that he and his staff were fanboys with a personal hatred of Microsoft, saying, “What I regret is people’s lack of subtlety. What I regret is the level of ignorance that exists on the Internet.” These words have haunted me.

So many people have bought into the lie that if you like something about a product or use it, you must be a fanboy. So many people think that if I have an iPhone then I must love everything that Apple does. If I use Chrome then I must believe that Google offers the best products and ecosystem. If I like Outlook then I obviously can’t get along without Windows. In reality I love things about Microsoft, Google, and Apple, but I also really hate some of their products too.

Like Josh said, too many people lack subtlety. Too many people think that they have to buy into everything that Google does if they get an Android phone. Even more disturbingly, some people become emotionally distraught and upset if someone criticizes the product they use. I’ve seen people react to criticism of a phone as though I’d murdered their dog or spit in their face. Those sorts of vitriolic reactions aren’t healthy.

I know that this post won’t stop anything, but I hope it reminds people that everyone is different. We all have different preferences. Just because I criticize something about a product doesn’t mean that I’m trying to attack you or your preferences. You like your $200 Kindle Fire? Great. I think it’s a terrible product, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t great for you. It just means that I don’t like it, not that I murdered your family. We all have preferences and opinions, but if you can’t share them and discuss them civilly, please don’t talk to other humans. Recognize that just because someone uses a product, that doesn’t change the fact that they’re a human who might love some things about it and hate other things about it. There is subtlety in everyone’s choices and preferences. The sooner we realize that, the sooner we can engage in healthy debate and conversation.

Here at Droid-Life we’re a community of humans who love Android, but none of us love Android for the exact same reasons. At the same time many have issues with parts of Android. In the midst of our own community we don’t all agree about what is the best thing about Android or the worst thing, because we’re all different. Each of us has different needs and different desires. Each of us has different preferences.

Don’t buy into the idea that you have to like everything about a product or that your allegiance to one company and one ecosystem is necessarily a good thing. Google is a fantastic company, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve figured everything out. The same can be said about Apple and Microsoft. Don’t fall for the lie that you have to buy into one ecosystem and choose sides; you don’t. Sure, choosing an ecosystem can influence the future of mobile, but it’s not the only way. Most of us live in multiple ecosystems because no company can or should provide everything we need.

Droid-Life’s focus is on Android, but that doesn’t mean we have to pick sides. Just because we love one thing doesn’t mean we have to hate another. Recognize that everyone has different preferences and different needs. Acknowledge that it’s okay if someone doesn’t like the things that you like. If you’re going to be a fanboy, be a fanboy of good technology.

  • Robert Shields

    I think the problem is that we have become a society of narcissists. So many people these days live as though the world revolves around them, and if you have an opinion or preference that differs from theirs, then obviously you are a complete moron. If people could only get over themselves, then maybe we could learn to cherish our differences and perhaps even learn new things via intelligent and peaceful discussion. IMHO

  • feztheforeigner

    This Android site leans towards Android and Google as expected. I love it and think it allows less rage against one another. We all pretty much love Android/Google and hate Apple products.

  • kobe bryant

    apple fanboy

  • paul_cus

    Palm Pre 2 was great.

  • LordStickMax

    Totally agree. i myself have a huge diversity of devices and tech and never understood people acting the way they do. there is no magic bullet. if there was we would all use the same thing. competition is good, it makes better products.

  • Bob Martin

    Im a fan of good technology but I wouldnt keep an Iphone even if someone paid me to keep it. I dont wanna look like a tool while walking around.

  • Always give credit where credit is due

  • rockstar323

    Most people don’t like to be told they are wrong so they will defend any choice they’ve by whatever means they can. Not saying one phone is right and one is wrong but it’s like a Nexus user telling a Bionic user how great the Nexus is and they should have waited. Regardless if the Bionic user agrees with the Nexus user or not they will defend the choice any way they can. That isn’t a stab at the Bionic users just an example. I had one and I regretted not waiting for the Nexus so I got a Nexus, that doesn’t make the Bionic a bad phone or anyone stupid for owning one, I just wanted the Nexus more.

    There is a really great Gizmodo article about fanboys. It talks about how smartphones have pretty much become part of our bodies, almost like a second brain. It’s easy to understand how some people get so defensive over a phone. Because to them you’re not insulting their phone you’re insulting part of them.

    Link to the article: http://gizmodo.com/5896243/the-fanboy-and-the-phone-a-lovehate-story

  • cornflahkes

    Good read. I am in my 30’s and have seen a lot of technology changes go by, and I know there are folks plenty older than I with an interest in tech also.

    I had an OG Droid and loved the promise of Android…I have been rocking a WP for awhile now, and love the polish and ease with which it accomplishes most of my daily tasks. I just sold an iPhone 4S I used my upgrade on, though the hardware itself was incredibly lustworthy.

    I have piles of PC parts in the basement, along with an old iMac G4 for our son (that I tore apart and upgraded the ram, drive, and wifi card in). I started with Apple II’s and old compact Macs. Learned DOS and Windows at college when we were working on sneaking Doom, Doom 2, Civ 2, and Duke Nukem 3D into the computer labs.

    Of course, there is a buddy of mine, who when I ask him if iOS has a certain feature will just answer with, “no, that’s stupid, who would ever do that, blah blah”. Can certainly be frustrating to talk with anyone like that…as are most comment threads you see on the tech sites nowadays. They just spiral downhill so quickly.

    Ah well, real life thankfully offers a much happier alternative to the tubes, I hardly have any time anymore while watching our son, so the problem kind of resolves itself 😉

  • Nick Johnson

    the whole time i was reading that i felt like u were screaming at me haha

  • MrEnglish

    Nicely done. On another note, I’m only a fanboy of Henry Rollins.

    • paul_cus

      Reply of the day.

  • CampyGuy

    Sorry, when I read the title I clicked through thinking this was about Good Technology (www.good.com). Really.

  • duke69111

    Curious as to why you don’t like the Kindle Fire?

    • Small screen, stuck with Amazon’s app store (unless you root and rom), iffy build quality, phone apps instead of apps optimized for tablets.

      • duke69111

        That make sense. I guess I wasn’t thinking about the tablet running stock, since mine was only stock for 5 minutes. I rooted a friends three days ago and he Mae the comment today that the will use it way more now.

      • duke69111

        I guess I was not thinking about it running stock, since mine was only stock for 5 min or so. I rooted a coworkers three days ago, and he made the comment today that he will use it a lot more now with the g apps installed. I love mine since it is rooted. I don’t think the build quality is to bad for a cheap tablet, even though that is not what it was meant for.

  • Mchl496

    I get called an apple fan boy just because I make girls wear steve jobs masks when they bend me over ahaha jk, you know Its all about Google.

  • JohnPA2006

    I see an HTC Touch Pro 2, Palm Pre, Droid Eris, and an HTC Trophy.

    I would love to see the Touch Pro 2 remade into a bigger phone.
    Galaxy nexus sized phone, with a touch pro 2 keyboard, battery from a RAZR MAXX would be match made in heaven.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    i get called an apple fanboy just because my primary phone was a 4S and i have a MBA..yet ive owned the OG droid,nexus 1,DINC,DX,EVO,tbolt,nexus s,EVO 3D,epic 4G touch,and now a one x…thats 10 android devices to my 2 apple devices..i like technology that works…i dont care about brand names..

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    While I listen to tunes from my iPod wirelessly to my Motorola headset, I am typing a comment on my Asus tablet that is tethered to my rooted, rommed, and themed Nexus. In other words, I too am a fan boy of technology.

  • Stephen Peek

    pshh if you really loved technology you would have owned a palm iii, or a compaq ipaq… and what about gigapets and tamagatchi??

  • Josh Groff

    7 > 4 > 2 > 10 > 9 > 8 > 13 > 3 > 12

    Haven’t played 5/6/1 enough times to rank them. Also haven’t picked up 11 or 14 (both are online though right?)

  • Austin

    Good point, i agree

  • Josh Groff

    Ok, aside from the FFVIII being better than FFVII, we’re very similar. FFVII was obviously far superior.

    Phone wise, I’ve owned an Atrix 4G, iPhone 4, Rezound, Bionic, Sensation 4G, G2X, Thunderbolt, Droid X2, Xperia Play, Samsung Admire, HP Touchpad, and Evo 3D.

    On the gaming front, I’ve owned a PSX/1/2/3, PSP Original/2000/3000, GBC/GBA/DS/DS LITE/3DS, Gamecube, XBOX 360, an iPod Touch, and an N64.

  • still wish i couldve gotten a pre3…

  • somehuy99

    Quit playing the victim.
    Oh my god, someone called you a fanboy on the internet. I’ll alert the media.

  • Jwhap

    So does this mean I should stop giving my friend grief about needing to have siri because a real woman would never give home the time of day???

    Naw!!!! Too much fun!

    Great write up! Every ecosystem has goods and bads, including android. My brother was a huge IPhone guy until he dropped it, broke the glass, and to save a little money, purchased an atrix. When he rooted it and threw cm7 on it, he told me, “all this time I thought android was stupid. All of the people I knew had iPhone’s and they always said how lame android was.” This phone does so much more for me that is simple and useful but I can see how it can intimidate new users or folks that have never actually an android phone.”

    I simply stated “welcome to the dark side!”

  • Bamajag

    IMO a major problem in this country is the ‘If I like this I hate that mentality’ mentioned in this article. Well written.

    • Josh Groff

      I agree.

  • bakdroid

    Ron, you are a moron. Please leave this site and never come back. Go write for BRG or other moron sites that might actually believe and listen to you.

    • LiterofCola

      You’re a moron

  • To be perfectly fair Josh is a fanboy. Articles on Engadget have gotten a lot more neutral and fair since him and his ilk left it.

  • Levi Wilcox

    I agree. Except there’s NO way VIII was better than VII

    • Josh Groff

      I know right, the nerve. Heck, IV is better than VIII.

  • Rob

    So I ask.. is Jonathan S Geller of BGR an Apple fanboy? lol

  • Mike Zaitchik

    First, the important part – FFIII > FFIX > FFX > FFVIII > FFVII.

    Now that that’s settled, you’ve gotta realize that people can be hypersensitive about taking sides simply because of the nature of this blog. This is Droid Life. Not only are Apple and Windows phones not really in the scope of this page, but Apple was for a while at least actively trying to destroy any and everything Android. Coming in here and mentioning good things about IPhones is like going to a Democratic convention and talking about Mitt Romney’s better qualities. Sure, they might be true.. but that’s really beside the point.

    Granted, it’s not my blog – you can talk about whatever you like. But based on this entry, you might consider changing the name to ‘Tech Life.’

  • I actually LOVED FFIX – better than VIII, but VII is probably the best. Anyway – great article. It seems like lately every article about any product ends in “debates” about which company creates the best product. And by “debate” I mean verbal attacks.

  • If anything Ron, you’re a fanboy of criticism.

    I’ve never seen you write anything on this site that is in glowing admiration of something. Its always whats wrong, not whats right.

    • It’s usually what’s wrong, but there have been articles about what’s right. Often it’s a mixed bag of right and wrong.

  • hockeytownmatt

    Well said…and I do feel that most people that give Android a chance are in this camp. The people that irrationally say Apple is the best, unfortunately do not. Thank you always for your unbiased opinion!

  • I love this website. I have been reading faithfully since I got an OG Droid in 2009. I think its coverage of all things Verizon and Android is fantastic. I also share the sentiments of this editorial in lamenting the trench warfare that seems to exist between mobile platforms.
    However, as much as I love this site, I think that it is sometimes guilty of promoting the partisanship decried above. The easiest way to see this is in the use of supposedly clever markers like i*hone. I get it; it’s a joke and a marker of community. But it also reenforces us vs. them mentality that lies at the core of the fanboy mentality. It’s a seemingly small thing, but it belies this website’s occasional participation in the fanboy wars.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      It also helps to protect authors from being sued for slander when they don’t specifically spell something out.

  • KyleFrost

    The last sentence of this article was perfect, bringing everything you said back around to the point. Fantastic writing, and fantastic point.

  • You lost me after the FFVIII comment 🙂

  • DanWazz

    Good article. Some people do take this stuff way too seriously, including myself sometimes. In the end though, it’s just a phone, or computer, or whatever, and doesn’t really matter much. Technology is supposed to make life easier, not add stress to it. I just wanted to listen to music all the time dammit!

  • RedPandaAlex

    I think this post misses the mark about what these conflicts are really about. They’re rarely about what product has the better features. Because I can easily say, I wish my Android tablet had the screen resolution of an iPad or the side-by-side multitasking of Windows 8. It’s about the philosophy or the vision for these companies that are driving technology. I think that Google’s philosophy, which tends to be more open, leads to better products and a more egalitarian and just technological landscape. I don’t want to live in a world where Apple manually approves everything that the end user ever gets to see. I don’t want to live in a world where independent hardware manufacturers can’t get by because prices are undercut by content providers like Amazon who sell hardware at a loss and make up the money by making sure you can only buy content from them. And when we get into product features that touch on those broader issues about what the future of technology looks like, that’s when I get riled up.

    • Last week’s article touched on that side of things. I wanted to approach things from this angle this week. They’re both important (two sides of the same coin, maybe).

  • Pedi

    Absolutely LOVE FFVIII! I had to re read that sentence to make sure I understood what it said. Very few choose 8 over 7. Also, love the article about fanboys. This topic is a very sensitive subject now a days for some reason. I agree, be a fanboy of good technology.

  • JohnH

    Appreciate posting the audio. Are you going to start posting them for opinion articles from now on?

    • moelsen8

      wow that’s pretty cool, especially for work. can’t believe i missed that.

    • Not sure yet. I figured we’d try it out and see how people respond. 🙂

      • LionStone

        Yea digging the audio…I can watch the Giants and listen to your article at the same time…I love technology! 😉

  • Alessandro


  • Fanbuy

    Dam Fanboys

  • Mr Waldo

    Final Fantasy VII is much better than FFVIII. Sephiroth is the shit!

    • I think we can all agree that Sephiroth was a far better enemy than Seifer.

  • Russell Tanner

    You sir just won the internet.

  • John Davids

    I stopped reading this when it said that FF8 was better than FF7. Anyone who thinks this, their opinion I do not care about 🙂

    • Worth it 🙂

      • John Davids

        But no seriously, good write up. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of name calling and company bashing to defense of whatever ecosystem / company you enjoy the most. Unifying words indeed. Now if only someone with much political weight would make a similar statement to our Congress, we would be in pretty good shape 😀


  • quiklives

    I’d like to point out that the comments on this article are more reasoned and less full of accusations and name calling than any comment section I’ve seen on this site in the last year or so.

  • jcorf

    Well put!

  • iTpHo3NiX

    I would like to say that I love technology as well and my hatred for anything apple started BEFORE iPhones even in existed. I’ve never liked an Apple product for the reason of being spoon fed. Apple’s designs are built for simplicity. Its great for your parents and grandparents and non-tech inclined people, however I’m a tech. I love computers and how they function. I love Android for the complete customization over the system. I’ve owned apple products such as a Mac Book as well as an iPod and have jailbroken several iPhones/iPod Touches. I’ve used Windows Mobile, I’ve used OS X, I’ve used several linux distrobutions, and of course windows from XP to 7 (yet not vista because it always has and always will be garbage)

    Whats the point? I’ve used different technology from different companies, I’ve owned many Android products. The thing is I am an Android fanboy, but not because I own an Android and have owned several (T-Mobile G1->Droid Eris->OG Droid->Droid 2->Droid X->LG Revolution->Droid RAZR->LG Optimus Q) Primary network has been Verizon with the exception of the G1(T-Mobile) and the Optimus Q(StraightTalk). I LOVE Android. Now there are some things I really don’t like the two biggest being

    1. Screw OS fragmentation. Too many Android versions across multiple platforms.
    2. Too many new “improved devices” Well it simply sucks when you buy a Droid RAZR then about a month later, Droid RAZR MAXX comes out at the same price you paid for the original Droid RAZR. However this pertains to everything. I got an OG Droid, rocked it for a while then the Droid 2 came out… Get that, Droid X comes out. I didn’t hop on the Bionic bandwagon because I wanted that RAZR… But still end up getting screwed.

    When it comes down to how the OS works I base it on Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. I still feel bad knowing that some people are still stuck on Doughnut and wont get any higher (even though the device can run Froyo)

    In the end I <3 Android and I am an Android Fanboy, however I'm not stupid calling anyone who owns a product a fanboy. I do label a person an Apple Fanboy when I ask them why do you like iOS over Android and their only answer is "because its better" and act like their gods gift on the world and their crap don't stink. However its not hard when Android is much superior… Usually anything an Apple fanboy says are the lies that Apple has spread with their marketing. They usually respond in "My phone can do this" then I respond, "So can I, see" then they keep trying to find stuff that they can do that I can't… At that point I just go to kongregate and laugh at the n00b and his shiny brick.

    • iWebDroidBerry7

      Thanks for illustrating Ron’s point with this post.

      • iTpHo3NiX

        Not illustrating his point. His point was your not a fanboy because you own one product or another. I’m stating my reasons for being a fanboy. If you actually READ my post and his, I’m raising the point that not all fanboys are fanboys because they use one product over another, but their admiration for the product that they use. I also state a few things that I dislike about android, yet I’m still a fanboy of the Android platform

  • I used to be an android fanboy.. I recently decided to get an Ipad over an android tablet to try and branch out. There are things i don’t like, but for the most part i love it. And i’m glad to have done it; being a part of two ecosystems instead of one feels refreshing. Having choice is an awesome thing.

  • jnt

    great article – nobody has any balance any more, or any tact…

    Marketing doesn’t help, as the whole shtick of the companies at hand is the “ecosystem”.

  • TimXer

    Great points! To me, Apple does “force” you into their ecosystem. – probably less today than 5 years ago. If you have, let’s say, an iPhone, better to have a mac – they just play nicer together than, say, an iPhone and a pc.
    Thanks for all the great work you do at DL!
    The only true fanboys are those that go blindly to one product just because it’s made by a certain company – not wise!

  • Loved the audio. Good article.

  • Mchl496

    This is this medical term for when people have courage behind a computer screen to say whatever they like because they do not have to be accountable for their words. It’s called eBalls, or if your on the IOS then iballs (already patented it Apple). Fanboyism comes from the few of us who are so extreme that love only 1 product and everything they do. thats like 5% of people but we all say fan boy because we use it as a justification for you expressing a difference in opinion that we feel is false. Honestly all it takes is for one product to come out thats amazing and then that changes the game. If HTC makes an android phone that is amazing on every level. The best screen, 2gigs of ram, amazing battery and LTE, and sense being reduced to just the clock widget then they would be my new favorite until someone does better. Im a fan of any company thats not up its own butt 99% of the time.

    • Chronon7364

      My eBalls are clearly superior to your iBalls. Also, they are more robust.

  • norgeloki

    Now I know why I really like this site. I have used a lot of very cool tools over the years (starting with a TI-50 – I later became an RPN/HP advocate (fanboy if you will.)) I had an Apple ][ and have had a whole series of Macs. I have used PCs in every form since the early eighties. I have loved and hated aspects of each. Thank you for posting this, even if it doesn’t change anything.

  • Masterminded

    Exactly, good technology includes large high res screens, 4G, expandable memory options, and doesn’t lock you in to a bloatware/software

  • Bob


    • PC_Tool

      Obviously, a twitter fanboy. 😉

      • LionStone

        Thanks for the assist…I had no idea what that meant…still don’t actually but at least I know where it comes from 🙂

        • PC_Tool

          tl:dr = Too Long; Didn’t Read.

          Twitter only allows140 characters per tweet…so I made the rash generalization that if the article was too long for him, he must love short tweets.

          (It was a bad joke)

  • Bauce40

    Good article and the whole fanboy thing is pretty ridiculous, but I know a lot of people are spending $200-$300 on a phone or $500+ on a tablet and to them that’s a lot of money, so when they spend that money, they want to make sure they are spending it wisely, so they do their research, find out what they think is the best and then put a lot of time and effort into their decision and then when someone tells them they made a stupid decision or something else is better, they get pissed. I think a lot of the reason many people can’t have a civil “discussion” about certain technologies is because of this reason. They convince themselves that they are spending their hard earned money on “the best” phone or tablet out there (according to them) and don’t want anyone to say otherwise. To some people their phone is probably worth more to them than their family. Just a thought.

  • theentropic

    I couldn’t agree more with this article. Well put Ron.

  • EC8CH

    But we can all agree to hate Verizon though…. amiright? 😛

    • iTpHo3NiX

      I believe thats the point, love the phones but hate on the carriers

      • EC8CH

        agreed… replace *Verizon with the carrier of your choice 😛

        • PC_Tool

          I think the point was you don’t even have to hate the carrier…

          It’s OK to like some of the stuff they do, and hate some of the other stuff they do.

          I’m a fanboy, no doubt. But this fanboy has MPD. One of ’em *loves* LTE while another hates $30 upgrade fees and yet another thinks the whole shared vs. unlimited thing is over-rated.

          I love the iOS UI, love the customizability of Android, and the functionality of the Zune Media player (how many people did I lose right there?).

          You can ‘t even begin to imagine the flame-wars I have with myself. 😉

          • EC8CH

            sure, you done HAVE to hate the carrier…

            but they do everything in their power to ensure that we do.

          • PC_Tool


            Haters gonna hate. 😉

            I personally love the fact that VZW lit up 11 new markets to 4G yesterday. I love that they have the best network in my area, and love the customer service at their corporate locations in my area.

            Of course, all of that is somewhat offset by pricing, their decisions on what models to carry, and nickle-n-dime fees…

            It’s a love/hate thing.

      • picaso86

        ^ I agree with your statement 100%

    • ceejw

      I think most of us love Verizon’s coverage and LTE speeds and hate everything else about them.

      • Bob Martin

        I love Verizons coverage and LTE speeds. but the day they get rid of unlimited data from everyone is the day I switch carriers. I refuse to pay more then $30 a month for data no matter how much I use

    • mustbepbs

      Hating Verizon seems to be the only bridge between Android and iOS users. And boy, is it a big bridge.

    • So right!

  • LiterofCola

    Good article Ron, I agree wholeheartedly with you. Everyone has different tastes and different needs, and that’s why we all flock to Android for the most part, due to their wide array of devices and options. Software is the highest priority for you? Pick device A. Hardware is what you’re after? See device B. Want a good combo of both for a lower price? See device C. I’ve even recommended an iPhone to a friend due to his lack of any in depth understanding (and unwillingness to understand) of customization of smartphones, and after his playing with a 4s in store and admired its simplicity, I told him to go ahead and choose it. Different strokes peeps.


    introducing the newest site, FanboyOfGoodTechnology-Life.com

  • Thank you, Ron!

  • DavidHollinger

    I have no problem with good technology. The iPhone is a really good product, unfortunately Apple has some business practices that don’t jive well with me, so I don’t want to support them

    • Captain_Doug

      To me it’s their attitude towards customers. “OMG Apple! Thanks a ton for letting me have one of your amazing products!” -lowers head while walks backwards.

  • Mapekz

    This is the same way I started feeling near the end of last year. I had this major grudge against OS X for no reason at all but had to buy an MBA for work purposes. It was easily the best purchase I’ve made in a very long time; this laptop is the best laptop in the world, bar none.

    Since then I’ve branched out and stopped hating things for the sake of hating things. I’ve bought a 4S just to experience iOS 5 (and now that I have, I can say it sucks compared to ICS, but at least it is faster :P). Heck, I’ve even changed my opinion on Diablo 3, a game I once thought was brainless and stupid but has now gotten me addicted through its simple design and low barrier to entry.

    I plan to be a technophile, as opposed to a blind fanboy of any one camp, for the rest of my life.

    • I’ve lost a lot of sleep this week b/c of Diablo 3.

  • Butters619

    This is a phenomenal article. It is super frustrating when you are trying to explain why you think something is better or even that something is good (and not necessarily the best) and you are labeled a fan boy. It the past year I’ve used for at least a couple weeks a One X, Atrix, iPhone 4, SGS2, and an iPhone 3GS. I spend more time than is healthy reading reviews, blogs, and tech sites. I go into Verizon and AT&T stores just to play with phones (I don’t even have Verizon!). I use a Mac at home and a PC at work. I currently own an Android phone, but an Apple tablet (I’m a sucker for beautiful displays). Being called a fan boy it like being called a crazy communist and it drives me insane.

    • LiterofCola

      freakin’ commie!

  • Captain_Doug

    You want to murder my family?

    • Captain_Doug

      Just kidding, great article. Most people seem to lack a perspective large enough to encompass what you have written in this article. Hopefully others can glean from it and there can be a little more peace in the comment sections. (shout out for the OG Dinc)

  • moelsen8

    final fantasy VIII is better than VII!? you take that back! 🙂

    • Seriously. There is a reason FF VII is consistently on the top of best games ever made. But to each his own and that’s fine by me.

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    • Turd_Ferguson

      Yeah his credibility was lost with that statement. can’t say that I ever went back and played VIII again. VII, I couldn’t count the number of times I have replayed.

      • Josh Groff

        10 here, at least, I love that game, I’ve also played IV like 5 times and II 3-4 times. VIII was mediocre compared to those.

        • quiklives

          On this subject, maybe you guys can help me out. I’d like to replay VII, on a Windows 7 computer, without owning the original game anymore (in any form). Any idea how to do that? Every solution I’ve found assumes you have the game in some form.

          • Guest

            (double post -sorry)

          • Chronon7364

            Torrents -with the option for mod packages- should you be so inclined. You could probably purchase a hard copy via amazon or ebay.

          • Josh Groff

            I’m not sure with PC emulation, but you could use FPSe for android. Head over to roms4droid.com, we got some pretty solid guides. But I think for PC, there’s FPSe as well, pretty sure the android version is a port of the PC version, but I’m not sure. You could always go to coolrom.com or emuparadise.me, they typically list compatible PC emulators when you go to search game ISOs.

    • mustbepbs

      8 was better than 7. 9 was better than 8. 6 was better than 9. You see where this is going.

      • moelsen8

        i did like me some ff9 back in the day.

    • Chronon7364

      Agreed, FFVII for certain. And let us not neglect the excellent FFVI, which was released as FFIII for the venerable SNES. Great games.