Originally Posted by applebjesus
Sounds like you have tunnel vision for Apple....
You don't seem like a regular troll so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and explain this in simple terms.
Yes, a proportion of the people here have a near-religious devotion to Apple and Apple products and won't even consider anything by another company. That's what you'd expect to find on an Apple forum. Go to an Android forum and you'll find the same feelings for Google products. Go to a Windows Phone 7 and you'll find the same feelings for Microsoft.
But the majority of Apple fans don't buy iPhones because of tunnel vision, they buy them because changing platforms on a regular basis is awkward and expensive.
Right now there are some Android phones that are cool. I don't think there are any that beat the iPhone hands down because Android has a lot of systemic problems (trojan-filled app store, general lack of good design principles or concern for quality amongst the development community, etc) but nonetheless there are some Android phones that are basically as useful as an iPhone and which have a bunch of cool features that the iPhone doesn't have and may never have (NFC, stereo screen/camera, etc).
So if I see an Android phone come out that looks like it might beat the iPhone on a couple of features that I care about, does my decision to buy an iPhone 5 instead make me a fanboy? No, because I'm not just comparing the phone hardware feature-for-feature, I'm also taking into account the ecosystem and my own learned behaviour.
I'm familiar with the iPhone and I've invested a lot of time and money in it. If I switched to another platform, I'd have to spend hundreds of dollars re-purchasing apps and content (iBooks), and I'd have to spend tens of hours relearning/unlearning my current expectations for how a phone should behave. And all of that with no guarantee that once I've done that, I'll like the new experience better (I can't tell how good something as complex as a smartphone is from a few minutes in a showroom).
Sure, some people switch from Mac to PC and back again, but they don't do it every 18 months. If I jumped platform every time I saw a new shiny machine then I'd never get the full benefits of any of the platforms because I would never want to risk investing in their ecosystems properly (that means not buying software or content, which is the very thing that makes a computer or smartphone useful).
I'm guessing you don't buy many apps, don't pay for DRM-encumbered content and don't rely on iPhone or Android for your income (i.e. you aren't a developer). That's not a bad thing - not every iPhone user is a developer, power user or rabid consumer of digital books and apps. But I am, and so are a lot of the other people here, and consequently it will take a lot more than some shiny new features and a nicer screen to make us jump to Android.
Even if iPhone 5 is a turkey, the chances are that when I get one I will get much more use and enjoyment out of it on day one than I would with a brand new Android phone. I don't want to buy a phone that will only become useful to me after several days and several hundred dollars of investment in software.
If I was an Android user, I'm sure I'd feel the same way.