The user wars (iOS vs Android)

Posted May 05, 2012 at 1:11 pm in Threads > Opinions

I’ve been reading a ton of forums/blogs and it dawned on me on just how ridiculous this battle is, iOS users continously show their ignorance when it comes to android devices, they make a bad purchase among the thousands of different android phones then because of their bad decision and bad experience with that ONE device, they turn around and blame the entire android ecosystem for their own fault, what’s even worse is some of them talk without experience, they’ll even go as far as to degrade someone who has an android device, and I ask why? And the claim about Android not having no apps, don’t get me started on that.

Android’s users, while not as mean spirited as the iOS users, can be just as ignorant, calling iOS users stupid and or dumb because they don’t know how to use Android is kinda unfair and not needed to be said about people you don’t know, and neither their reason for getting a iOS device, sure a 5 year old can use iOS, but some people just want a device that’s straight to the point and not care for what’s under the hood. Some of us want a car that’ll just get us places, while others just want one we can tweak and work on all day.

I don’t get the constant bashing of each other, is it some form of human consciousness to make someone feel lesser so that they can feel better about their decisions in life? Are we forgetting that these are devices that evolve, complaining about something today, that’ll be obsolete tomorrow is kinda stupid on both ends. While I am no fan of iOS, I’ve never made it a personal vindication against someone who owns an iOS device, I don’t like apple because of their lack of advancement and high prices for just a minor update, but I respect them more than anything for being so successful with that simple minded approach.

What I am getting at is simple, like what you like, buy what you need, compare and discuss your likes and dislikes without putting each other down because you simply wanna feel better than that person. Is it really that difficult or are we too obsessed with feeling some form of self awareness.

  • redraider133

    I agree. it is not just IOS and android but every OS out there. It seems like the users of that OS will bash every other OS whether they tried it or not. Choice is a good thing and if one OS was the best there would be no others. I think people get to attached to one OS and feel they need to defend it. I use multiple OS’s and have no allegiance to any one. I use what works best for me and what catches my eye.

  • thekaz

    The strange thing is, it isn’t just the bashing back and forth, it is the SEEKING OUT of places to bash (or bash back if there is a perceived slight).

    I mean, look at the “WAKE UP” post here a week or so ago. iOS users came out of the woods to defend iOS and bash Android. I also tried to post some reasonable responses which were either misinterpreted or selectively quoted and got bashed.

    I understand why some people like iOS. And I also understand how Apple does a much better job convincing people to buy their products. And there are a lot of people who may not be blind loyalists to Apple, but it is just that they hear iPhone-this and iPhone-that, and see all their friends using iPhones, so they think this is the phone that is best and the phone they need.

    I am more than willing to explain to people why I like my Android phone and what I think it does better than an iPhone. Doesn’t mean I think the iPhone is a piece of sh!t…

    That being said, I don’t think this is totally unique to the smart phone arena. I mean, we haven’t seen any car stickers of Calvin peeing on an Apple logo yet.

    heeeeey, that gives me an idea ;)

    • bolanrox

      ^^ exactly this.

      Ford Vs Chevy
      Gibson vs Fender
      Gibson & Fender vs PRS

      It’s always happened in one form or another. :) granted i am not sure if it taken to the levels iOS vs Android is, but given both are web savvy it does make sense to have it all online..

  • MoSDeeb

    Owning both an iPhone 4Sand Galaxy Nexus I can say that each offers a great and unique experience and have their own faults. I personally have never chosen sides as I do not owe allegiance to any one manufacturer or OS. Whoever offers a great and enjoyable experience will get my business.

    I use each phone for different tasks and find that they compliment each other very well.

    I’m happy with both :)

  • Jedediah Sweetser

    I tell people this:

    If you’ve been using a PC and have done any sort of customization to either your OS or hardware – you’ll likely enjoy an Android.

    If you own a PC or Mac and do not want to bother customizing it and allowing the OS to guide you through tasks, then an Iphone is for you.

    It’s really that simple.

  • pekosROB

    It is absolutely ludicrous. I can’t believe we live in a world where someone will bash someone else because of the phone they have. Who cares? It just seems like something 13 year-olds fight about.

    • redraider133

      You should check out the crackberry forums where they talk about bb10( which hasn’t even been fully shown yet) will beat android and how defensive everyone gets. It is crazy, I have no loyalty to any brand or OS I have used bb, android, and iphones. It is almost like people feel they need to defend their choice and bash others for pretty ridiculous reasons. Choice is a good thing and I dont understand why people bash others on what phone or OS they choose.

      • pekosROB

        Seriously! I used to be on CB when I had a Pearl and Curve but only to check for updates and stuff. I really think it’s too late for RIM and I’m not saying that out of spite, just looking at what’s going on over there.

        But wow I can’t believe people actually think BB10 will be that great and have that much of an impact!

  • mkstvns

    Loving the responses here, some very level-headed attitudes. Way to go, all of you.

    I feel the same way. I’ve owned an iPhone and I currently have a GS2, and my ongoing feeling is that both platforms have their pros and cons, their own unique user experience and neither is light years ahead of the other.

    My preference is the Android OS because of its customisable nature and deep settings options, but I also like the polish of iOS, the simplicity of it, the “everything you need, nothing you don’t” approach.

    It’s not always perfect, there are things I don’t like about iOS, features I’m surprised to see missing, etc, but all-in-all it’s a good platform.

    As a physical device, the iPhone is also top of the pops. The screen is too small for me, and it’s got the unfortunate habit of exploding (I exaggerate) when dropped, but otherwise it’s a gorgeous piece of technology.

    In the end, I go where the quality is, where the overall experience, with its balance of pros and cons, is ideal for me. I don’t believe in brand loyalty. Would a brand jump in front of a bullet for you? Of course not, so I’m certainly not going to back any brand that isn’t offering me the best product possible.

    For now, I’m an Android boy. Let’s see what iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 have to offer.

  • TAM_the_MAN

    I play with both platforms. I would have to say that Andriod’s experience vary among devices. One thing I want to see improve is the OS updates on Andriod devices but that would have to depend on the manufactures. Some people are lazy and don’t want to research. For the most part it’s depends on your needs and preferences. I can’t force people to desire tinger with their devices. I do enjoy the multi media aspects of iOS but I like the versatility of Android. With Android , I look at pdf’s, read epubs, and snyc my google apps with Android.