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12-13-2009, 12:46 PM #1
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.
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.
12-13-2009, 12:48 PM #2
12-13-2009, 12:53 PM #3
12-13-2009, 12:53 PM #4
Sounds about right. Why is the "O RLY" picture up there?
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12-13-2009, 01:04 PM #5
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.
12-13-2009, 01:11 PM #6
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!
12-13-2009, 01:17 PM #7
man thats how I always felt about apple fansboys
12-13-2009, 01:19 PM #8
hahaha people need to get a life!
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.
12-13-2009, 01:26 PM #9
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.I'm MYAATT DAAAMOOON!!!
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12-13-2009, 01:44 PM #12
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.
12-13-2009, 01:49 PM #13
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?
12-13-2009, 01:53 PM #14
12-13-2009, 02:10 PM #15
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...
12-13-2009, 02:11 PM #16
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
12-13-2009, 02:14 PM #17
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.
12-13-2009, 02:23 PM #18
12-13-2009, 02:37 PM #19
What ever dude, get a droid then.
12-13-2009, 02:58 PM #20
I don't know what this fool is talking about, my phone is perfect.Screw #Winning, I'm #Juanning
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