Originally Posted by Apple v. Samsung
what do you receive by seeing android, blackberry iOS, webOS, or windows phone seven fail? Do you get a fat check by some unknown entity? Does your hours get a an addition? You know what happens? Nothing the consumer sees no benefit, the stock holder sees a slight increase if another player doesn't show up soon. .
Actually, I hope WP7 and WebOS succeed, because I like the way these operating systems try to do things differently. They are not blatant rip-offs, and they are also not run-of-the-mill, thirteen-a-dozen shovelware, that is made to be as cheap and volatile as possible, instead of trying to offer a good experience to customers. My brother has an Omnia 7, and I actually really like that phone, even though it misses a lot of functions other OS's have had for years, and app selection is still very meager.
As much as some people like to think (you seem to be one of them), I don't have the impression the typical reactions on AI are about how everything except Apple should die. Myself, I'm a pretty much the textbook definition of a geek, and I like to dick around with all kinds of technology, at one point I even considered getting a Neo Freerunner or a Nokia N900, so I could mess around with the Linux distributions. Android also had my interest for a short while, when it was just new, but after reading up a little and seeing how the platform was developing, I completely lost interest, since it's not actually that interesting if you really want to hack your phone. Downloading and installing a custom ROM, side-loading applications or overclocking the CPU really is kids stuff if you ask me.
Eventually I decided my phone is too important to me to be a science project, so I picked the phone that had the best selection of applications, the nicest dev tools and SDK (I write iOS apps as a hobby), great hardware, great support (think planned updates, accessories, third-party software compatibility, etc) and a feature set that might not be the biggest, but at least one of the most thought-out ones of all available platforms. If I need to satisfy my inner geek, I'll pull out my OMAP dev board, or try to make my homegrown HTPC-home server system do something new and funky.