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#16 "Apple sells more according to... [plug in your favorite metric]."
The fact is, there are way more Android phones out there then there are iPhones. This is without dispute. The fact also is, the Android market is far more fragmented than the iOS market. This also is without dispute.
I honestly don't consider either of these a valid argument. When picking a phone, you want to know the manufacturer will be around for the long haul, so Samsung and Apple are both good bets, but HTC (with some financial problems) might not be. You want a phone that meets your needs. And you want a large library of apps. While some apps do come out for iOS first, there is clearly no shortage of apps for either market.
Now, if you're talking Windows Phone or BlackBerry, then I'd say that the minimal impact both have made on the market is a cause for concern.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Compared to Windows Phone and BlackBerry, sure. Compared to Android, it's a toss-up to the point that it just doesn't matter (as long as you buy your Android phone from a solid vendor).
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#17 "We have Apple stores."
I don't know what the fuss is about Apple stores, but I've only been in one of them, in Orlando, and it was a zoo. My octogenarian Dad once got sent to a Best Buy when an Apple store couldn't figure out how to get the iPad and printer they'd sold him to work. So my limited experience of Apple stores is meh.
But some of my ZDNet colleagues have waxed poetic about Apple Stores. Just this week, Ken Hess told us, A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Apple store and Jason Perlow has had good experiences there as well.
But I honestly don't think they're all that much better than the local AT&T and Verizon stores. My local AT&T store had some issues, but the Orlando Apple store certainly wasn't more inviting. Our local Verizon store has been quite pleasant, and it's a short distance away, rather than a three-hour round trip.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Apple stores do have the reputation for being quite the spectacle in certain locations, so if you're near one of the spotlight stores, have fun with it. If your Apple store rocks a bus station vibe, then you might as well go to your local carrier store.
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#18 "Apple products are cooler, so that makes me cooler."
Okay, I have a confession. No one specifically said "Apple products are cooler, so that makes me cooler." Many of you have said "Apple products are cooler," and you certainly seemed to imply that your use those products transferred some of their coolness factor directly to you.
Personally, I think coolness is a state of mind, and anything that helps you feel more cool may, in fact, make you more cool. On the other hand, iPhones are starting to seem like the sort of thing grandpa would carry, so perhaps you might want to update your criteria for what makes something cool.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Hey, if it works for you, rock it. Why not?
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