Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Dec 2013 11:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

PhoneArena's Micheal H. addresses an article at Forbes:

The conclusion may sound redundant at this point, but it is fairly simple: if you want to have a discussion about Android and iOS (and there are plenty of incredibly interesting discussions to be had), think about the issues you want to cover, and break each down on their own terms. Trying to bundle arguments under and umbrella term like "fragmentation" is just lazy and it holds very little meaning at this point.

At the end of the day, I always get the feeling that the people yelling the loudest about "fragmentation" are people on the sidelines, who've never coded for Android at all. That's not to say it's not a problem at all - it's just to say that it's an area where the competition does a better job. Android's device diversity certainly creates additional challenges for Android developers, much in the same way that Apple's inconsistent App Store policies creates additional challenges for iOS developers.

Each platform has its weaknesses, but none have been as aggressively made larger than it really seems to be than Android's supposed fragmentation. Unravelling this positive feedback loop among these bloggers should make for fascinating material.

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RE[3]: From the sidelines?
by MichaelH on Mon 16th Dec 2013 02:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: From the sidelines?"
MichaelH
Member since:
2011-05-25

So:
People who like Windows are "advocates", technically knowledgable, and calmly rational.
People who like Macs OS or iOS are "fanboys", "obsessive", and similar to people who spout catch phrases from celebrities.
Yeah, you sound unbiased.
Whoops: just caught the BallmerKnowsBest nickname. Sorry to have fed the troll.

Edited 2013-12-16 02:10 UTC

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

So:
People who like Windows are "advocates", technically knowledgable, and calmly rational.
People who like Macs OS or iOS are "fanboys", "obsessive", and similar to people who spout catch phrases from celebrities.
Yeah, you sound unbiased.


*Sigh* It's really not that difficult, at least TRY to keep up.

Techies/IT folk are the only ones who care enough about Windows to bother advocating for it, and most of them have more sense than to descend into fanboyism - because they realize it's a tool, and not a pseudo-intellectual status symbol. Even then, "advocacy" is mainly limited to countering the endless stream of lies and irrelevant BS from the "Anything But Microsoft" anti-fanboys.

Whereas most Apple cheerleaders are decidedly non-technical, the type of people who think that it's sensible to feel "passionate" about a software product from a multi-billion dollar multi-national corporation. To the point where the less technically-literate they are, the more fanboyish they're likely to be - and Apple has been very good at deliberately manipulating them with things like the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads. Sure the ads are overly simplistic & filled with inaccuracies (nothing new for Apple), but they're specifically not targeted at people with the wits to realize that - they're aimed at people who will accept & repeat "talking points" without question. And with that demographic, Apple's marketing (evidently) works perfectly.

Contrary to your lazy Strawman interpretation, I'm not saying that ALL Apple advocates are fanboys (though the reverse holds true, of course). I'm sure there must be at least one Apple advocate who isn't also a mindless fanboy, like.... um.... oh, and there's.... no, wait, sorry... hmm..... OH! I got one, Douglas Adams! I'll get back to you if I can think of any who are still living...

Whoops: just caught the BallmerKnowsBest nickname. Sorry to have fed the troll.


It truly is overwhelming to be in the presence of a master-debater such as yourself.

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RE[4]: From the sidelines?
by phylos on Tue 17th Dec 2013 02:10 in reply to "RE[3]: From the sidelines?"
phylos Member since:
2013-12-15

Lol, thank you, I hadn't noticed his nickname either and I was about to reply again, close one.

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