Originally Posted by dm3
But its unfortunate when there is no one left in the middle that can discuss differences.
I wish there was a less inflammatory way to share accurate information.
I think that some people here are very defensive, but for reasons I don't fully understand.
It has been proposed that some of them have blurred the line between the crap they own and their personal identities, so that if a bad point of their phone is mentioned, it becomes a personal insult. I've seen evidence of that here.
Another theory is that Apple was an industry rounding error for decades, and its fans constantly had to defend their choice of platform. Now that Apple has significant market penetration in non-computer products, they relive their past, but they now play the part of their former tormentors. That one seems more far-fetched to me, but I don't really know.
What I find especially amusing is how many of the former Apple defenses are now turned on their head due to the favorable market share that Apple has in its portable CE devices. For example, back in the days when there was relatively little software available for the Mac, a common defense was that Mac software was high quality, so that lack of variety in Mac apps meant nothing.
But now Apple sells billions of craplications for the iPhone, and the former "quality is better than quantity" defense is no longer applicable. Now the line is "More software, More choices: That is Better."
Another example: Back in the old days (and even today) people defend the Mac hardware against charges that it is not very powerful. But when the iPhone matured with the 3GS, it was easily among the best and most powerful hardware on the market, and Apple people magically started touting the iPhone's (then) unique and powerful hardware.
I find the mobile space to be very exciting right now, with lots of things turning upside down very quickly. Everything old (like cut and paste?) becomes new again. These days people are again arguing the merits of thin clients vs local storage, apps running on servers instead of the local hardware, open OSs versus locked-down ones, etc.
And pocketable computers are finally starting to become very, very cool. I bought my first one back in the mid-1990's, a Sony Treo, and today's choices make that device look like a Model T.