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  • iPhone Fanbois Called Delusional


    In a report that is raising eyebrows and some laughs throughout the iPhone user community, a marketing firm in Denmark announced that dedicated fans of Apple's smartphones are suffering from a delusional syndrome akin to that experienced by kidnap victims.

    Analyst firm Strand Consult released a report called “How will psychologists describe the iPhone syndrome in the future?” in which they compare the often-defensive attitude shown by iPhone owners to ”Stockholm Syndrome.” Stockholm Syndrome is described as a psychological response, in which hostages develop sympathy and loyalty towards their captors.

    The reports explains that iPhone fans spend lots of their energy “defending the product despite the shortcomings and limitations of both past and present versions of the iPhone.”

    Apple has launched a beautiful phone with a fantastic user interface that has had a number of technological shortcomings that many iPhone users have accepted and defended, despite those shortcomings resulting in limitations in iPhone users’ daily lives.

    When we examine the iPhone users’ arguments defending the iPhone, it reminds us of the famous Stockholm Syndrome – a term that was invented by psychologists after a hostage drama in Stockholm. Here hostages reacted to the psychological pressure they were experiencing, by defending the people that had held them hostage for 6 days.
    The report lists the shortcomings of the iPhone - such as the inability to change the battery, or the lack of multitasking - and what they consider to be standard fanboi responses, such as "How many customers run around with spare batteries? None or very few."

    Strand also publishes a free report entitled " The Moment of Truth, a portrait of the iPhone" that claims that "many of the conclusions that the media have published about the significance of the iPhone for mobile operators are not documented in the operators’ - or other key market players - financial statements" and that positive media reports about the iPhone correlate with how close a relationship the media outlet has to Apple.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Fanbois Called Delusional started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Hiii...
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      lmao
    1. Blowfish64's Avatar
      Blowfish64 -
      Sounds about right. Why is the "O RLY" picture up there?
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      I wouldn't say they are delusional really, just grossly biased to the point of ridiculousness. They just defended the indefensible when it came to basic features. To this day I sincerely wish they had a removable battery. I use my phone enough during the day having a second battery would be awesome. When I had a BlackJack I carried my spare battery everywhere I went, it was in my truck, but I always had it close by. Plus it's not like the iPhones battery life hasn't been an issue that's not been complained about at length. I deal with poor battery life every day, by the time I get off work I'm usually at 30% or less on battery and I don't want to deal with having to wait for it to charge to take it with me. Yes I could get a car charger but that's not the point, a quick swap and I'd be back in business. That way I can charge one while using the other, precisely what alot of people did with removable MacBook batteries.

      Another gripe I have is with bluetooth. Why am I not able to send info to another phone that isn't an iPhone or iPod Touch? Why must the bluetooth on this phone be so crippled? Two years for A2DP? I tried to send a picture to an older gentleman that's a coworker and was extremely embarrassed that his $50 phone could do it flawlessly yet my full price $553 iPhone 3GS couldn't. Why can a 50 dollar phone do basics that a 553 dollar phone can't? That to me is inexcusable. It's not hard to implement but Apple has the ethos that they know what's better for the customer than the customer does. For even the subsidized price this should be included, it doesn't cost anything since it's an industry standard worldwide.

      All that said, the iPhone is by far the best software/hardware integrated phone I've ever had the pleasure to use. I'm constantly under withering fire about AT&T though! That's not the phones fault though.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      I'd always wanted to compare the loyalty to Stockholm Syndrome, but I felt it was a stretch. I guess it's not so much after all!
    1. gotjpeg's Avatar
      gotjpeg -
      man thats how I always felt about apple fansboys
    1. addictedto3gs's Avatar
      addictedto3gs -
      I will admit the iPhone has its shortcomings to say the least but for people to keep ******** about the same stuff over and over is what is getting ridiculous. If you don't like how your phone works out of the box then jailbreak it and customize it to how you want. If you don't want to jailbreak it then you should of read the reviews on a non-modded iPhone before you jumped into such an expensive phone. Boo hoo Apple restricts my freedom on my phone. Seriously sell your iPhone and get a Droid if you want and then you will really be sad you left your phone for that piece of crap.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Not one phone is perfect but the iPhone is what I like the best. And I am willing to accept its few shortcomings(which I dont really care) for its amazing features. Can't change batteries lol k. Multitasking, well there's always jailbreaking so I don't care as long as I can do it.
    1. gotjpeg's Avatar
      gotjpeg -
      Quote Originally Posted by addictedto3gs View Post
      I will admit the iPhone has its shortcomings to say the least but for people to keep ******** about the same stuff over and over is what is getting ridiculous. If you don't like how your phone works out of the box then jailbreak it and customize it to how you want. If you don't want to jailbreak it then you should of read the reviews on a non-modded iPhone before you jumped into such an expensive phone. Boo hoo Apple restricts my freedom on my phone. Seriously sell your iPhone and get a Droid if you want and then you will really be sad you left your phone for that piece of crap.

      i dunno man I have both the droid and the 3gs, the droid is very sexy. I just hate the lack of good apps.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Quote Originally Posted by addictedto3gs View Post
      I will admit the iPhone has its shortcomings to say the least but for people to keep ******** about the same stuff over and over is what is getting ridiculous. If you don't like how your phone works out of the box then jailbreak it and customize it to how you want. If you don't want to jailbreak it then you should of read the reviews on a non-modded iPhone before you jumped into such an expensive phone. Boo hoo Apple restricts my freedom on my phone. Seriously sell your iPhone and get a Droid if you want and then you will really be sad you left your phone for that piece of crap.
      This guy just proved the point of this whole article. Typical Fanboy!
    1. weazle23's Avatar
      weazle23 -
      there definately are apple and mac fanboys. but whats worse being a fanboy on a iphone websight or coming to a iphone websight only to flame those who use iphones.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I think the authors are more biased than those who defend the iPhone. Obviously those that had bought the phone bought it for a reason. Why wouldn't we defend it? The lack of multitasking is partially incorrect because it can do that but only with default applications. I've really never had a reason to remove my battery so oh well.

      Comparing those that defend a phone they like because they bought it to a kidnapping situation seems like a hater's article to me. And of course we're labeled as the "fanboi" another bandwagon statement to make themselves feel outstanding.

      Who really cares what phone you have? As long as you're happy with it then that's all that matters. Whether it be a google phone, blackberry, nokia, or apple..why do you care?
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blowfish64 View Post
      Sounds about right. Why is the "O RLY" picture up there?
      they're showing their own personal bias
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      I agree with Kartracer. Battery replacement and better battery life are a must. Bluetooth A2DP absolutely. AND let's not forget the crappy service through ATT...
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Yep the iPhone is crap and what I have to do just to make it work like I want is also crap.... Will i get the 4g....HELL YEAH
    1. weazle23's Avatar
      weazle23 -
      I could care less about the physical keyboard or removable battery but would love working bluetooth. I'm suprised there hasnt been one done on cydia actually.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      This guy just proved the point of this whole article. Typical Fanboy!
      Um, pretty sure that guy didnt defend Apple or the iPhone in any way. He actually told people to go buy a droid....
    1. atm_10142k's Avatar
      atm_10142k -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      This guy just proved the point of this whole article. Typical Fanboy!
      Fanboy, what ever, some of us don't use what some people are complain about. Even those individuals that do complain don't even use the feature they are crying about probably no more than 3 times. And the few features that are missing are not even that important.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      I don't know what this fool is talking about, my phone is perfect.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by addictedto3gs View Post
      I will admit the iPhone has its shortcomings to say the least but for people to keep ******** about the same stuff over and over is what is getting ridiculous. If you don't like how your phone works out of the box then jailbreak it and customize it to how you want. If you don't want to jailbreak it then you should of read the reviews on a non-modded iPhone before you jumped into such an expensive phone. Boo hoo Apple restricts my freedom on my phone. Seriously sell your iPhone and get a Droid if you want and then you will really be sad you left your phone for that piece of crap.
      I think most of the complaints are everyday uses that it needs to improve upon. Battery life can't be improved by jailbreaking, and Apple has boasted about how good it is and it's nowhere near close to what they say. I get great battery life when it's locked in my pocket and I'm in an area that has good signal. When I actually use it to listen to music or surf the web (and doing that at the same time) it drains extremely fast. I don't have the luxury of plugging it in at work because I don't work in an office setting.

      Bluetooth A2DP was a huge gripe for two years and it took them that long to implement a feature that other crappy phones could do years ago. That's inexcusable, and Apple ignored it until the complaints came to a fever pitch and they got dinged by reviewers for it. Still to this day the iPhone has a very dumbed down bluetooth capability. I can't understand why anyone would do this, it costs them no money to stick the profiles in their OS. So what's the deal?

      I agree you should do your research before buying anything to make sure it fits your needs, but after a few years of ignoring user requests about updating to features that are very old and widespread gets old. I didn't know the iPhone had such crippled bluetooth until I actually tried it and found out it does streaming audio and handsfree. That's it. Jailbreak additions don't work. So why can't Apple include this, or MMS on the 2g iPhone? That's a huge slap in the face to the 2g crowd. It's doable but Apple would rather you spend more money on things that should 'just work'.

      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Um, pretty sure that guy didnt defend Apple or the iPhone in any way. He actually told people to go buy a droid....
      Actually in a way he did. His username is 'addictedto3gs'. Is that not the epitome of a fanboy? Basically he said if you don't like it go buy 'a droid' and then called it a piece of crap. They promised better battery life and haven't delivered. They have crippled bluetooth, which is a mainstream feature by the way. Quite a few things that were pointed out to be laughably missing from the first iPhone got the defenders almost foaming at the mouth to defend Apple. Still no flash, complaints only got us video when the 2g iPhone was capable of it and they completely skipped it on the 3g. Just about everything that's been a huge complaint from everyone has gotten fixed or at least improved. Not complaining about features that are missing or broken is just plain stupid and so is anyone that says you shouldn't. With that attitude there would be no innovation because you'd buy whatever companies decided you needed and gave you nothing more. That's why his response was a typical fanboy response. Like what Apple gives you or go elsewhere. None of the things mentioned can be fixed permanently by jailbreaking, it's up to Apple to give the customers what they want.

      It's actually kind of sad to see people so fervently defend a company and it's CEO that doesn't care one single bit about the average user of their products. There are a few other gripes, but like he said they can be solved by jailbreak sometimes. I just want a better battery and bluetooth that has an actual use. That so hard to do? Not like Apple isn't raking in billions in profit these days.