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Apple Fanboyism

A lot of products have fans. But Apple fans seems to be a completely different breed. It seems everyone knows about Apple fanboys. They are always the one who jumps up and scream when anyone make a small critical comment against Apple. It's normal, human nature to be defensive and protective of what you like. But why is there perception that Apple fanboyism is so much stronger than fanboyism for any other products?

The answer to this question has been vague for years. And it was vague to me. At one time, I did come up with a guaranteed test to determine whether an article is an Apple fanboy article. (I really should post that test.) Although it can detect an Apple fanboy article, it doesn't clearly answer where the strong Apple fanboyism perception comes from. Except, I learned the answer today.

The answer stemmed from a CNET article titled, "Android leaps beyond RIM to take top spot in U.S. market". This article explains that Android phones now have the most market share compared to any other SmartPhones. Immediately, Apple fanboys has first strike in the comments.

But it wan't until much further down in the comments did the answer strike me. And that is from the following two comments in that article.

by cloudmatt March 8, 2011 1:07 PM PST

Lol you hit the nail on the head. As long as you like what you got you went with the right product. As an android fan I have to admit it's fun watching iPhoners melt down with the realization that apple can bleed. Honestly android beating RIM is what is blowing me away. They beat the berry and I haven't seen one poster screaming foul about that.

But back to your point whether it's iPhone/BB/Droid/or Symbian what ever works for you is the best fit.

by FIREitUP913 March 8, 2011 1:23 PM PST

Agreed, RIM is still more popular than iOS in America and you don't see the people who own RIM devices crying and screaming about profit margins. In fact, RIM has been the most popular phone in the US, and the King of the smartphone was just taken over in market share by Android and the RIM users (which their are more of then iPhone users) are carrying on like butt-hurt cry babies yelling about profit margins they will never see or that dont benefit their user experience in anyways possible. This shows the unhealthy obsessive nature of iPhone owners. They wait in line for days for apple products and trash any device or OS that beats apple, its pretty sad.

These two users makes a very good point. These two comments showed up two thirds way down. And I have read tons of comments from Apple fanboys crying foul. But as of these two comments, not one RIM fanboy cried foul. And if you observe the title of that new article closely, you'll realize the article is about Android and RIM; Apple happened to show up in the article as a casualty of the phone industry. Still, Apple fanboys screamed, while RIM fanboys carried on with life as nothing matters. RIM fanboys, I applaud you for your exception display of sportmanship.

From this analysis, I can conclude strong Apple fanboyism is not just a perception, it really does exist. From this experience, it's now very obvious that Apple creates product fanboys, while other companies creates product users.

Who should you be? I don't know. You decide.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 06:09:11 +0000

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