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#5 "You're being paid by [fill in the blank]."
This claim is more common than you'd believe, and amusingly seems to happen on opposite sides. One day, I'll pick on Microsoft and some trolls will claim Apple is paying me. The next day, I'll criticize Apple and a couple of cranksters will claim Microsoft is paying me.
It just doesn't happen.
Each of us here on ZDNet publishes a full disclosure of all our business relationships (mine is here — tap the "Disclosure" tab), and, if there's anything that comes up in individual articles, we disclose additional information in the articles themselves. For example, in an article I wrote this week about the NSA, I disclosed I worked with one of the people who was discussed in the article.
The fact is, being critical comes naturally. My wife once told me that I would certainly come up with enough material to be a blogger because I was always talking back to the TV. Lots of us are curmudgeonly, cranky, and have seen and heard it all. We just reports it likes we sees it.
For the record, I paid for both my iPhone and my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone out of my own pocket.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Nah. This dog won't hunt.
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#6 "iPhones are better made and are better quality."
This claim popped up because I wrote that I liked the replaceable plastic back of my Samsung Galaxy S4. Time will tell. While I have yet to have an iPhone fail on me, that certainly wasn't the case with the iPod nano (read What to do when your brand-new iPod nano fails...and it will).
My take on this is that the glass back on the back of the iPhone 4-series phones was simply a bad idea. I locked mine inside a tough Otterbox and that kept it from breaking. But the phone itself was glass. I could drop the plastic back of my S4 on concrete and it might have a scratch. But the glass back of the 4S? The Internet is filled with pictures of broken iPhones.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Not for earlier iPhones, certainly. Maybe new models. For that, we'll have to wait and see.
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#7 "It's old news."
No matter what the criticism, I'll often get back the comment "It's old news." No! If something is a poor design or causes stress among customers, even if you heard about it last year, that doesn't make it old news. That makes it one of the factors you need to consider when judging your next set of purchases.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Not even slightly.
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