To the smartphone haters of the Web

Chase Bonar
 from Winter Springs, FL
Published: January 17, 2013

Calling all haters: you may have 99 problems, but your smartphone ain’t one. So, what’s the problem?

It’s you.

I regularly surf YouTube’s popular videos. I have a lengthy subscription of channels that cover a wide variety of subjects, too. When I’m not on YouTube, I surf plenty of tech sites. I like to see what the general consensus is of a new product before I say I want it. Nine times out of ten, I want it anyway. Having said this, I always read the comments and reviews. This is where we need to relax.

It’s getting to be too much. People need to lighten up.

I admit to being slightly partial to what Android has to offer me. Most notably, the latest version of Jelly Bean has done me in for the long haul. I regularly use my girlfriend’s iPhone 5 and love it for the first 45 seconds. Then I miss my home screen and widgets. Having said this, I still find Apple’s hardware impossible to ignore compared to my Galaxy Nexus. Especially the camera. I mean it. We are talking dinosaurs versus aliens. From a software perspective, there’s that much of a difference in my eyes.

Let’s look at the big picture. There are three major players in the mobile industry, so there's an oddball in the mobile race. Windows Phone 8 is getting there, but they're not quite up to par yet. However, for the sake of accuracy, they're included here. When there are alternatives, they tend to offer certain competitive advantages. When one opposes another, there is disagreement. And when there is disagreement, there are irrational opinions and false pretenses that set hate into motion.

I’m tired of the hate. This isn’t 1963 and I’m sick of feeling like MLK. Am I really that far off with the idea that all phones are awesome? It might sound preachy, but if phones were people, we’d have a serious civil rights problem going on, and it’s getting exhausting. As long as we have a choice, we should be thankful. It’s a choice we didn’t have before.

Calling all iPhone users – you have serious competition, but it made your phone better.

Look at it this way, any Android phone released in the past year is faster than my computer. That’s amazing even though I hate it. Android’s offerings are on the bleeding edge of innovation. Whether you have a DROID DNA, LG Optimus G, or Galaxy Note II, there isn’t another mobile operating system out there that can handle the multitude of CPU intensive tasks Android has been evolved to cope with. On the flip side, just because you can watch a video while you’re surfing the Internet in a tiny window on the screen of your phone doesn’t mean your phone is better. Your phone stutters sometimes. It overheats. Sometimes, it slips out of your pocket, and the screen cracks like any other. It has happened to all of us, and it’ll happen again. Other times, your phone completely crashes, lags, and for lack of a better description, dies on spot. Then you have the option of doing a battery pull, a quick ADB reboot if your bootloader is unlocked, and you’re back up and running within about 30 seconds. Point being: you have options.

To the Android fans who don’t want to get an iPhone, but can’t quite convince themselves to jump ship to the polar opposite – you might be convinced by Windows Phone 8 soon.

Windows Phone fans are the fast followers of the group, and Microsoft has learned quick. I believe WP8 devices are viable alternatives to Android and iOS. The fluidity of WP8 is much more consistent and user-friendly than Android. WP8 is just as powerful despite being closed-source as well. WP8 is the guy on the football team that didn’t train, didn’t come to practice, and schooled you on the field. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but in WP8’s case, lack of innovation could soon come back to haunt them. In the meantime, I hate that guy on the field. He didn’t earn it. He was gifted the ability. If I were Steve Ballmer’s masseuse, I’d ask for a raise because we know he/she is working overtime. We needed a personal assistant yesterday, Mr. Ballmer. I truly believe that WP8 cannot directly compete with Android and iOS until it has a personal assistant like Google Now and Siri.

To the Android fans out there - there isn’t a more dedicated crowd of followers in the world than iPhone users.

You might want to remember the company that sparked the cascade of innovation which rests comfortably in your pocket. With all due respect, you need to be mindful of your surroundings, el GOOG. Apple created your market and Android has just started to take a piece of it away from Steve Jobs’ legacy ecosystem. If you bite the hand that feeds, you might end up with too much to swallow. There is absolutely no problem with wanting all your apps in front of you all the time. I like having all my food organized on my plate at dinner. What’s the big deal? It could be a sign of age, but I call it maturity. Unfortunately, stagnation leads to deflation and ultimately, depression, so if there ever was a time to change the world again, it was yesterday for Apple.

So, how do you feel about all the hating on the web? Does it justify the benefits, or disadvantages between smartphones? Should Apple, Google, or Microsoft acknowledge their symbiotic relationship? Or am I just a total hippie looking for world peace? Let me know in the comments below. Leave the hate out of there!