How to Give Someone Advice About a Major Purchase

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Truly blessed are those that purchase at the Apple, iPhone altar. All else be heretics, Burn them! Seriously, an absolutely great troll of Apple lovers/haters. I'm sure the responses comes as a great surprise.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErbuline

I was holding my tongue (or keyboard), but both sides with the 'current OS' BS have driven me over the edge. Terms like 'latest OS' and 'current OS' are so worthless for comparing the two, they are so disconnected from reality, that they are only acceptable by marketing types. The two derive from different ancestries with totally different development processes. Apple's OS derives from BSD, which has a more conservative development path and Android derives from Linux, which is far more dynamic. They are different, and then, there is another irony in the terminology...

No-one that actually knows anything about either OS would ever use the word 'current' in connection with a commercialized product, since only a fly-by-night company would use Current. In both OS's, you can choose between Current and Stable, and these are special terms to differentiate between bleeding edge (Current) and shaken down (Stable). There is another term, though, Legacy, which basically means shaken down and getting a little dusty, and both Android and iOS are probably closer to Legacy, whether the latest commercial offerings or not, in the eyes of the respective Linux and BSD communities.


December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

Let me summarize the majority of the comments in this thread:
Apple partisans: "We don't like Android phones"
Android partisans: "We don't like Apple users"

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermstrange

How can the grammar nazis not catch this: "dumb" is an inability to vocalize, and has nothing to do with intellect. Personally, I carry a Moron-o-phone, and I am (annonymoously) proud of it!

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNot As Dumb

To people responding that Apple makes more then one:

You missed The Point.

Not that I expect anything else from people as defensive as iPhone owners.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeekoid

Cool! We can move on from OS Wars to Grammar Wars!

'Dumb' has more than one meaning. The old meaning of 'unable to speak' has been superseded by the new meaning of 'stupid'. As in "Too dumb to read the entire dictionary entry." ;)

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Turnbull

Kate: IIRC the iPhone isn't available yet for Sprint or T-Mobile.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Matt said:
"Brace Yourselves

The Apple Fanboys are Coming"

Can you get any more sexist and ageist than that? No, please don't try. Doing so would go against one of the current holiday themes of world peace.

Heaven forbid people actually like anything on Earth. Oh, people seem to be doing that well enough on their own with their abasement of others who are enjoying life in some other way. Nevermind.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThom

Ah, yes. The Point. How wonderful it was, so long ago.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Hamburger

I'm pretty sure he meant what type of iPhone. There's only one, but with different generations.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterX

@Paul Turnbull: the dictionary definition of dumb does include stupid, but specifically as a colloquialism; meaning an idiom of conversation. The grammar nazis, as regular BI reader comment readers can recognize, dispute every grammatical flaw Scott uses, despite most of them matching what we do hear in everyday conversation.
Obviously since no one HAS posted regarding the dumb=speechless definition, I am in the wrong, but I will still point out that while I made a comment on the definition, you decided to turn it into a direct insult. So here's my response:
"My phone isn't a smartphone, so I must have a turnbull-phone." There. I just said it out loud, spoken as an idiom of conversation. So by your standards turnbull=stupid as a real definition. Enjoy!
Don't hate the player, hate the game :)

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNot As Dumb

LOL. I believe that "they only make one" means all iPhones are the same. =D

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel

Oh, man, Scott. Great comic, but I think comics about Android vs. iPhone are likely to turn your comments section into a troll-haven. Or at best, a flame swamp.

But nonetheless, I'm happy that you're an android user like me.

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNate

"Is not the very nature of being pedantic the focus, discussion, and detailing of relatively unimportant minutiae to the exclusion of more important and relevant matters?"

Without looking in the dictionary, I believe pedantic means being overly concerned with trivial details, but not necessarily at the exclusion of other details. Probably in addition. That's the point. I mean, it's not about excluding details, but about including minor ones; a pedantic person, then, would be concerned with all of the details, including minor, trivial ones.

Looking in the dictionary, it says, " 2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching."
The first definition is "ostentatious in one's learning."
Which I find almost impossible.

"Oh! Everyone! Look at me! I'm learning!"

One would have to be an intolerable pustule to be ostentatious in LEARNING.

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAtari

Actually, I think every iPhone is the exact same thing just different size. Oh, and price.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGanon

Sometimes “they only make one” is an advantage. Remember how exciting it was when the first iMac came out? Finally, after years of endless variations—do I want the Mac II, IIi, IIc, IIx, IIci, IIxi…?—there was just one computer and they didn’t expect you to choose from a bunch of options, and it sold like crazy. It was such an oasis of clarity. But then the variations started proliferating again.

February 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity

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