Originally Posted by Steve-J
And is anybody relieved at this news? Apple has always been the underdog that people love to root for. Those people thought different. But with Apple as a mainstream brand, how does that work?
Now iPhone buyers again think different from most smartphone buyers. Some might breathe a sigh of relief that Apple might regain its iconic counter-cultural status, rather than being the choice of the great unwashed ignorant hordes. Them kind got no taste.
I honestly am relieved. Like I said, maybe we'll be harassed less by the Fandroids and I'll see less of iPhone being everywhere just because it's the cool hip thing to do. Let them eat Android! Er... I mean, cake! Er... Wait.
Edit: It's not whether Apple is a mainstream brand or not. The problem is there is too much demand for their products that cannot be fulfilled and supported in a reasonable fashion, particularly in countries outside the US and key European countries. Here in Malaysia, sure it may be a gawdforsaken blip on the equator (I'm exaggerating here, of course)... but still no iPad! And it's going to be a year since it was announced! Macs are around in good number, but no iPad, and still, very limited availability of iPhone 4 despite the official launch several weeks ago.
Edit2: The other issue is that because Apple is so popular, it tends to attract dealers and middlemen (service providers, resellers, trainers, accessory-makers etc. particularly outside the US) which are in it for the quick buck. They want to just take the profits and run, rather than build a strong ecosystem and provide comprehensive solutions for Apple users, cultivate a developer community, and particularly, invest time and effort in the education market etc.
Originally Posted by MacRulez
I don't know about Windows being "better", but it does have more users.
With Android and iPhone the differences seem much less severe than between Mac and Windows.
I still haven't gotten a smart phone (I know, sometimes I'm a total luddite), and for the first time in a long time I'm not yet certain I'll be getting an Apple product. The iPhone has a lot going for them, but I gotta say some of the Androids look pretty nice too.
Can I use an Android phone with my Mac?
I will say if you have a Mac already, don't bother with Android. Feel free to try it out, but when you do get an iPhone, you will probably regret the time spent with Android. Just my prediction. Admittedly I haven't spent more than five minutes each with several Android phones and tablets over the past year, but, there's nothing compelling in it beyond the first few seconds of Wow! Shiny!