I admit that I am a fanboy

Summary:As a result of the constant barrage of accusations that I am a fanboy, I must admit that it is true.

"You're a fanboy, how dare you say that Chrome OS is good enough for you! Are you an idiot?"

"You never say anything positive about Windows 8; you must be paid by Apple!"

"The iPad is far superior to Android tablets, you moron!"

"I can't believe you'd say that the Note 2 is a great phone. The iPhone is better, you fandroid."

That represents the gist of a lot of correspondence I receive on a continual basis, cleaned up for publication. The focus of the outrage largely follows whatever topic I have covered at the time. The constant barrage of such vehement reactions has led me to realize that I am, indeed, a fanboy.

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Galaxy Note 2 not depicted as it was used to take this photo. Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet

I am a fanboy, but of what, exactly?

I love mobile technology and meet the definition of a fanboy when I think about it. I love everything about mobile technology, from the advances I have seen in the field over the years to the fantastic hardware of today. I love how much I can do with just about every mobile gadget at my disposal. I am fanatical about mobile tech, so obviously, I am a fanboy.

You have to look at the gear I use and what I think about it to understand how much of a fanboy I really am.

My Galaxy Note 2 is a fantastic phone that I love. I can do all sorts of things with it that were unheard of just a few years ago. I like Android, I like the apps, and I like the hardware.

My iPhone 4S is not the latest model from Apple but it's still a nice phone for me. I like the OS, I like the apps, and I like the hardware.

I adore the newest acquisition in my moble arsenal, the HP Envy x2 laptop that becomes a tablet with a snap. I like the hardware, I like Windows 8, I like a few Metro apps, and a big assortment of desktop apps. I love the long battery life that lets me keep going and going.

I like the Chromebook Pixel with its superb hardware, and the Chrome OS that suits me just fine. I like the web apps and how they run on the outstanding display. I really like how much I can get done with it.

I like my 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina Display. I like OS X, I like the apps I run, and I like the great hardware design.

I like my Nexus 7 and the good value it represents. The hardware is great and I like it, and the Android OS is very nice. The apps are as good as any out there, and make it all work nicely.

I like my iPad with its Retina Display. I like iOS, although I wish it would get a facelift . I like the apps, and how I can use it all heavily and still have lots of battery life left.

I like my iPad mini, which has all the good things I like about its bigger sibling (except the Retina Display). I love reading ebooks on it.

I'm the ultimate fanboy with commitment issues

There you have it, my confession that I am a total fanboy of mobile tech. I love using it every day, and delight in all that I can accomplish with it. I get excited when new tech comes along, and rush to get my hands on it.

Based on the gear I am fanatical about as detailed above, I'm not just a fanboy of mobile tech. I am obviously a Windows 8 fanboy, an iPad fanboy, Android fanboy, Note 2 fanboy, Nexus 7 fanboy, iPhone fanboy, iOS fanboy, OS X fanboy, iPad mini fanboy, Chrome OS fanboy, Chromebook Pixel fanboy, Apple fanboy, MacBook Pro fanboy, Microsoft fanboy, Google fanboy, and HP Envy x2 fanboy.

That's a whole lot of fanboyism going on — and I admit it freely. I like it all, and get excited about it on a regular basis.

I enjoy using it all, not just one platform or gadget. I revel in how each platform has grown into the mature platform it is today. I love how hardware — whether smartphone, tablet, or laptop — has gotten smaller, more portable, and more powerful than ever.

To answer the inevitable question of which one gadget would I want to be stranded on a deserted island with, I can't tell you. In a perfect world, I'd be stranded with all of it. That way, I could go months before all the batteries run dry.

I am indeed the ultimate fanboy with commitment issues.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, iPad, Laptops, Smartphones, Tablets, Windows 8

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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