Ok, ok, ok !! It’s time to call a truce on the Apple iPhone vs. Samsung Galaxy smartphone wars that have developed among their most avid supporters. Here’s the bottomline. Both phones are remarkable pieces of technology and Apple, Samsung, and Google (the company behind the Android platform on which the Galaxy is built) are all more than reputable technology companies with a long track record of innovation. It’s time to call a truce because supporters of both phones are pretty solidly locked into their position. I am hard pressed to think of a technology company with a more rabid following than Apple, so the most loyal devotees of the iPhone aren’t switching over to something new anywhere in the near future. Likewise, as many fans (or “fanboys” as they are often mockingly called) as Apple has they have twice as many haters, so when Samsung came along with the Galaxy to bring some serious competition to the market that Apple created and dominated, champagne bottles were popping all over the world except in Cupertino, California, home to the technology juggernaut that is Apple. A serious legitimate and innovative competitor had arrived.
It’s time to call a truce because persuasion in either direction is unlikely to happen. The seamless integration and simplicity of use of the iPhone, iPad, and iEverything products is a pretty convincing reason why many won’t even consider learning how to spell g.a.l.a.x.y. much less consider it as an alternative. Galaxy users will continue to sing the praises of their rich set of features like “looking away to stop a video from playing” and other bells and whistles they claim they can’t live without. As arguable as that may be, those minds aren’t changing any time soon.
I respect both companies, I respect their innovative spirit, I respect the spirit of competition that has resulted in increasingly better products, and I respect the friendly competitive banter that has developed among friends and family in this debate. I had no respect for Blackberry as a competitor and felt they were a dying breed with subpar technology as far back in the day when I opted for the Samsung Blackjack instead of the Whackberry Crackberry Blackberry. That competition with Apple was over before it even really started. Now, however, Samsung poses a legitimate competitive threat to Apple. Though I don’t believe that there will be a clear winner and loser, as I don’t believe this to be a zero sum game, I believe this intense competition is good for the industry and GREAT for us as customers. Now put away your weapons and CEASE FIRE !!
So are you TeamiPhone or TeamGalaxy ?