The Hills Are Greener: Apple Of My Ire

I came across an interesting graph recently, compiled by Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper. It shows how well Android tablets have sold compared to obscure video game systems, with the iPad’s 30 million units sold not listed “because it distorted the graph’s scale too much.” Now, facts are facts and discussing why Android tablets are so lagging behind the iPad would be an interesting topic to write about sometime. That’s not what fascinates me here, though. Why is it that people are willing to evangelize for Apple’s products, and willing to commit intellectual dishonesty in order to justify it?

The information is clearly presented in a way that is trying to equate Android tablets to these irrelevant platforms of the past; the Virtual Boy isn’t remembered for being a wonderful piece of hardware, after all. Marco Arment is someone who writes about tech and Apple products regularly, and a large part of his business is on iOS; Instapaper is not yet available as an app on Android, after all. The problem is that he’s very much implying that Android tablets are inferior products not because of any actual quality reasons, but because they’re less popular. For someone who seems to use a wide variety of Apple products to make this assertion is absolutely ridiculous and hypocritical. Following the logic here leads to some asinine conclusions I’m sure he and other Apple evangelists would find silly. Many of the best apps on the iOS App Store are not the best sellers. Android sells more phones than Apple does. Heck, I might as well just go ahead and remind everyone that Windows computers still have the leg up on Mac computers; tell a Mac owner that Windows is better because it is more popular might cause a sudden transformation into an abomination from the annals of H.P. Lovecraft’s tomes. Again, the graph is not false; it’s the implication that is dishonest.

Taking this all into account, why should we say that the iPad is a superior product based solely on the fact that it has outsold the 3DO and Android tablets haven’t? Apple products have never been superior due to sales, and their fans have basically preached this line of “quality over quantity (of sales)” for years now; why should we believe these lines now? Facts are facts, but it’s the presentation of the facts here that is intellectually dishonest.I came across an interesting graph recently, compiled by Marco Ament, creator of Instapaper. It shows how well Android tablets have sold compared to obscure video game systems, with the iPad’s 30 million units sold not listed “because it would distort the graph too much.” Now, facts are facts and the numbers are not wrong at all, and discussing why Android tablets are so lagging behind the iPad would be an interesting topic to write about, that’s not what fascinates me. What fascinates me here is just how much people are willing to evangelize for Apple’s products, and willing to commit intellectual dishonesty in order to justify it.

What is it about Apple products that causes this kind of evangelism and intellectual dishonesty? It feels almost religious in nature. Android fans by contrast seem to be the geekier and nerdier types. Sometimes they’re out of touch with the value of user-friendly products (an admitted strength of iOS), but the love of Android’s power and flexibility is always clear and more grounded than the more ethereal worship of ‘design’ that the evangelical Apple lovers seem to share. Android fans can be jerks like iOS ones can, but they do often have technical superiority on their side.

Facts are facts, but the information is clearly presented in a way that is trying to equate Android tablets to these irrelevant platforms of the past; the Virtual Boy isn’t remembered for being a wonderful piece of hardware, after all. It’s just difficult to consider the implications someone like Marco Arment can make and fans of Apple can repeat and just wonder why this hypocrisy exists.

Carter Dotson
Carter Dotson, editor of Android Rundown, has been covering Android since late 2010, and the mobile industry as a whole since 2009. Originally from Texas, he has recently moved to Chicago. He loves both iOS and Android for what they are - we can all get along!
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