It is often that I am accused of being a fanboy. First it was for Nintendo (which may have been true) but now what seems like quite often I'm accused of being an Apple fanboy. Ex:
There are more, but that'd involve a lot of digging through Facebook to comments of mine on posts where people ask "What kind of phone/laptop should I buy?" and I answer honestly: an iPhone/MacBook and then get replies of "SHUT UP FANBOY!"
It was easier for a while – people could just say "No I don't want an iPhone - I'm on Verizon." Oops. There went that argument. "I use Gmail" is another one I've heard. Yep - you can't use one of the world's most popular email services on one of the world's most popular phones (for now).
Now, I'm not trying to cast myself as the Apple martyr - there are plenty of others who will take far more heat than I ever will - but for whatever reason, in my social circle (used in the least corporate sense possible) I constantly find myself the center of the fanboy name-calling, which is fine.
But the thing is - I'm not wrong.
I've been wrong in the past - I purchased a Virtual Boy on clearance when I was in Middle School - but right now I'm not. If a friend asks me what kind of laptop to buy, what kind of phone to get, I'm yet to see something that's made by not-Apple that beats the Apple counterpart.
I wasn't always this way. For me, my first Apple purchase was an iPod (which I had to struggle to get to work with my custom built PC in 2003) and then another iPod and then another one.
Then it was one morning January of 2007 and I knew that my sleek and fashionable (story of my life) RAZR was about to hit the garbage heap. Back then, the damn thing had no apps - just internet, email, and phone. It was modern, elegant and seemingly magical. But I remember back to the first time I saw the video of it in action, and I remember what blew me away the most: the phone.
Yes, the phone. You could slide through your contacts. You got your voicemail in an inbox. You tapped a button to put someone on hold or add a call or do whatever you wanted. It made sense. I distinctly remember thinking that apart from everything else - this is the best phone I've ever seen on a phone.
Then of course when it came time to get a laptop, I went with a MacBook Pro. And then a new iPhone (and another, and another). Then an iPad (and another one). And I think that's pretty much fine.
I don't feel compelled to defend a company, to purchase things from a company, or to do anything except enjoy the technology.
There was a quote in a "movie" I watched a few weeks back that talked about scientists tracking energy efficiency in animals in terms of their distance ability. They saw a cheetah was able to use its energy better than a cat, for example. A human was only halfway up the chart. But then they graphed a human on a bicycle - number one by the proverbial mile.
That's what's exciting about where we are right now. We're able to do things that sounded like science fiction on devices so small they seem impossible. It so happens that there is a company that makes some of those devices that I own and use that seems to be doing it better than others, and I like them.
I don't think that's fanboy. I don't think that's shilling. I don't think that's the cartoon Calvin peeing on a Chevy logo. I think it's recognizing where we are and what we do with our money, our technology and our creativity.
The stage is open for someone else to come along and take the spotlight, and I would love to see every company in the tech world come out with something great and crowd Apple off the stage with the new thing that is going to change everything.
I'll be waiting.