The Rumble In The Jungle

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!

About Garry

I'm a Solution Architect living in Perth, Western Australia. I work primarily with Microsoft technologies, but I have an open mind and like to branch out into other areas in my spare time. I'm also a Microsoft Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (VTSP) in the Integration space and like to stay active in the local development community.

6 Responses to The Rumble In The Jungle

  1. Daniel July 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    Hmm. Let me see, my Nokia 6120 is free on the $29 plan, is actually available, has cheap optional data plans, is actually available, doesn’t need a computer to charge it, has a replaceable battery, is much smaller, has copy and paste, isn’t sold out, doesn’t require iTunes (yes, that *is* a feature), and can have music dragged and dropped onto it. Did I mention that the phone shops actually have enough stock of it so you can actually buy it?

    Anyway I’ll wait, but I’m sure that once I actually have a play with an iPhone I’ll *have to have it* :)

  2. Garry July 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    Heh. See, you’re defending your purchase! Why can’t we all just live in harmony? 😉

    To each his own, I say. I have no particular desire for an iPhone at this point in time, but I’m sure that it makes it’s target audience very happy. My N95 has another year left on it’s contract, at which point I’ll check out the market again and see what I can get. Hopefully by then I’ll be able to get one of those communicator badges from Star Trek: TNG. It has touch capability (i.e. you can touch it and it makes a cool noise).

  3. Daniel July 15, 2008 at 2:56 am #

    Yep, you’re right. Because I got my phone about 5 weeks before the 3G iPhone announcement, I’ve been justifying why I made the right choice since then! :) I’m certainly not anti-iPhone by any stretch (however the phone network companies that have the reselling agreements are another issue!)

  4. Garry July 15, 2008 at 4:34 am #

    “You have a choice of Telstra, Optus, Vodaphone or stabbing a fork into your eye… which will it be?”
    If 3 have whatever the iPhone 3G successor is next year then it’s probably something that I’d look at, but there would definitely have to be a change in providers. X Series is just too good.

  5. Aaron July 15, 2008 at 7:02 am #

    Hey man back off, I had that stylish wardrobe LONG before the iPhone came out! 😛

    Thanks for the link, it’s a lot harder being objective than usual, because my love for Nokia and Apple run so deep I’m constantly switching fanboy states between ‘N95 is AWESOME TO THE MAX’ to ‘OH MY GOD IPHONE IS SOO SHINY SQUEEEE’. Somewhere between that state of flux I’m grasping to find a balance that isn’t too eclectic and hopefully comes out as a somewhat reasoned discussion. *fingers crossed*

  6. Garry July 15, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    You’ll probably find yourself gravitating towards one or the other. Do you have any sort of strict call policy for your work phone? Whether or not you can make free phone calls may have an effect on which one you tend to prefer. The percentage of work calls you get might, too. E.g. if 80% of your calls come through on your personal line right now, then you’ll probably end up using the iPhone a whole lot more.

    Should be interesting to watch, regardless of how it pans out.

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