The technology industry is no stranger to brand wars, nor the fanboys that accompany them. For decades, battles have been waged in the school yard, workplace, arcade, any place where over-excited tech geeks gather, all over issues that seem inconsequential to the casaul observer. Whether it be Apple vs IBM, Amiga vs IBM, Microsoft vs everone else or Sonic vs Mario, opposing forces are willing to defend their claim to throne right down to the last soldier.
This sort of behaviour usually occurs when you make a significant financial outlay and have to choose between competing products that do essentially the same thing, either because it’s only practical to own one of the devices or because you can only afford one. It’s the reason that Ford and Holden owners don’t get along, and why the console wars are so intense. If you’d just spend $40,000 on a car or were 14 years old and had spent 3 years of savings on a games console then you’d want to justify the purchase when it came under fire. Computers and Gadgets are not exactly known for being cheap, so it’s no wonder that the industry is rife with commentators and consumers who are rather vocal about the choices they have made. After all, who would want to admit to being on the losing side of a technology war, especially after laying down a few hundred or thousand dollars on a new purchase?
N95 owners, of which I am one, are one of the latest groups to join in the self justification to avoid feeling like they have just purchased $800 of FAIL. The iPhone, with it’s fancy touch screen and vast amounts of media coverage, has become somewhat of an affront to everything an upstanding Nokia user should stand for, and a scourge that must be wiped from the face of the Earth. The only logical way to accomplish this feat is through the release of many “anything you can do, I can do better” YouTube videos. Now why didn’t I think of that?
Amidst all the kerfuffle, one of my close friends has said “why can’t I have both??”. He’s a recent N95 8Gb owner, and being a total gadget geek, simply had to have an iPhone 3G as soon as they launched in Australia. He’s started blogging about his experiences running both devices simultaneously, the N95 8Gb as a work phone and the iPhone for personal use. He’s a long time Nokia user but also an Apple fanboy, so it will be very interesting to see how it goes. Will he remain objective? Will he throw one of the devices out the window? Will he have to buy a whole new stylish wardrobe to accompany his new iPhone? Only time will tell!