You're A Fanboy? Oh, I'm Not

I love Apple products. Not all of them, but the vast majority. I hate Microsoft Windows, and I hate great parts of the Android operating system. I have a neutral view on Windows Phone, though I see great potential in it. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that: I feel a loathing for Samsung's mobile phone division. But: I am neither what the Internet refers to as a fanboy nor somebody who has a biased opinion on something just because it's made by one particular company. I do not blindly bear hatred towards something that I have yet to see in person.

As I already noted in my last piece here on the Verge Forums, I love great ideas and revolutionary new concepts, especially in technology: the Apple I/II, the Internet, the email, the GUI, the first Macintosh, the smartphone, the tablet, the Leica M9-P, Windows Phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat, Twitter, just to mention a few of the most relevant.

On the other hand, I hate stagnancy: I hate how the most recent versions of Microsoft Windows still carry features that were introduced with Windows 95. I hate how some computers still have LEDs that indicate that the operating system currently writes on the computer's hard drive - a technology we first saw with floppy-disks, I guess. But something is even worse than stagnancy: the desperate attempt of people to copy other's inventions and implement them into their own works in a way that is worse than the original idea. Samsung does that on a daily basis, sometimes, you get the impression that all they do is wait for one of their competitor's product announcements, pay their employees money to copy said product, and lastly, announce it as a major novelty.

But that has nothing to do with fanboyism right? Oh at first glance you are absolutely right, but when you dive a little bit deeper into this issue, you realize that it's heavily connected to the idea of innovation and stagnancy. I personally have the strong feeling that something is good when it's innovative and something is bad when it's not. Simple right? But it's true. Was Windows 95 successful due to the innovation behind it? No, simply due to its more than competitive price. Reportedly, the highest priority when designing Windows 95 was that it gets as close to Mac OS as possible. Bill Gates himself should have even said: "I want the Mac on a PC!" This is why I don't think that Windows 95 was a good product. I don't want to be involved in the ongoing Mac vs. PC battle, but is Windows 7 - indirectly a successor to Windows 95 - better than Mac OS in terms of functionality (we're talking about consumers, business environments are a completely different deal)? At least I don't think so, and that's why I elected the latter to be my daily driver. It's been working perfectly ever since. The same can be applied to my mobile platform of choice, etc.

I use whatever I judge to be the best, without my choice being based on certain brand names or my personal preference in the past. If one day Microsoft Windows is going to better, more beautiful, and more elegant than Mac OS, I will not hesitate to switch to it. Currently it's not, so I'm typing this on a Mac.

And this is all about personal preference, I'm talking about me and not you. I'm talking about my impressions, not yours. My impressions are likely to differ completely from yours. You might choose a product that I detest over something I fell in love with and rely on in my everyday life. However: The fact that I have personal preferences doesn't make me a fanboy. Surely I can express that I have a distaste for the way Android does certain things. You can express your aversion for iOS as well. Are we fanboys for this reason? Simply no. I won't argue that fanboys do exist on this planet, the attentive Verge forum user will know that, but the simple fact that I dislike particular things and like certain others doesn't make me one of them.

What do you think about that?

Thanks,

Justin