My gadget is better than yours

My gadget is better than yours

Summary: I love all gadgets, even the ones with glaring faults. I honestly don't believe that my gadget is better than yours. I like your gadget too.

TOPICS: Hardware

A question I get asked frequently, all the time as a matter of fact, is what is my favorite gadget? I test a lot of different gadgets, from the laptop-sized clamshell variety to the smallest of smartphones, and folks naturally want to know what is my favorite one? The truth is, and this flies in the face of the fanboy attitude common with gadget lovers, I don't have one. I love all of them, even the ones with glaring faults. I honestly don't believe that my gadget is better than yours. I like your gadget too.

I cover gadgets of all types running all of the mobile platforms, and no matter what I may be writing about at a given time I can bet what the first comment to the article will be. "Your platform sucks, mine is better. I can't believe you'd write about platform X and not mention how platform Y is superior in every way!" That comment will usually appear within just a few minutes of an article getting published. The common mantra of "my gadget is better than yours" is rampant on the web.

If I write anything about Apple products, the bashers come out of the woodworks in droves. The adage you either love Apple or hate it is definitely true on the web, there is no medium ground. The Android crowd in particular is getting very vocal in the Apple hate club.

Apple fans are not any better; let me write an article about another platform and the nay-sayers arrive in a mob. It's as if the mindset dictates that since Apple products are so much better than everything else, how dare you write about anything other than Apple products? It is so regular it is comical.

I understand how mobile devices can become a near religious experience, they are very personal in nature and people spend so much time with them in hand they become very close to them. Even so, folks should look at the competition objectively, as every device and platform has strong points. It's not always cut-and-dried and there are always things to learn from others.

I love gadgets of every make and type, and enjoy seeing how they do things differently. That's how I learn what works best for my needs, by keeping my eyes open. It's amazing how much you can learn about things when you get past the "my gadget is better than yours" mentality. It's all good in the mobile space.

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Topic: Hardware

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  • Many people define themselves buy what they buy, and not what they do

    And if you insult what they buy, then you're insulting them, as it's their device that makes them cool (or smart, or popular, ect)

    When people define and accept themselves by what they do, they learn to look at possessions alot more level headed.
    Will Pharaoh
    • RE: My gadget is better than yours

      @Will Pharaoh
      You always manage to post quick on EVERY article.
      I am starting to believe that unemployment rates are actually rising in the States now.
      S. DeGarnd
      • Not every article.

        @S. DeGarnd
        Some days are darn slow, other days I'm off and running the moment I walk through the door.

        This is a slow day. :)
        Will Pharaoh
    • I could not agree more.

      @Will Pharaoh
      If you buy something that makes you happy, then congrats, you found what we all are looking for.

      If you buy something because it makes someone else happier then it does you, then you have to live with your choices, and please don't dare complain to me about it.
      John Zern
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      @Will Pharaoh Agreed... although it is amusing to stir up the rampant frothing at the mouth fanbois...
    • RE: My gadget is better than yours

      @Will Pharaoh
      "And if you insult what they buy . . ."

      And therein is the problem. Too many people, on fora such as these, want to insult and disparage the purchases of others. Why? If a person does not like a particular type of technology or tech company, well and good; but there is no need to be insulting. Everyone purchases items to suit their own, individual needs. There is no perfect device; there is no perfect company.
      • My bad, ptorning

        Maybe "insult" wasn't the precise term as I didn't mean as insulting the device itself ('Hey iPhone, your mudda was a trash compactor!') instead if you slight the phone, for whatever reason (iPhone reception not good, Android too crashy, WP7 ugly tiles) yes, they're valid reasons.

        I'm not slighting them, or their choice, just answering why what they bought doesn't work for me. But since they let things like that define them, then any shortcoming of something they bought is taken as a shortcoming of them.

        Then you get people like that Donnieboy that calls anyone who buys an MS based product a moron or idiot, so yeah I think they buy on what they feel will let them "fit in", so the moment a bad review comes up for that item, he's defending it tooth and nail, because in truth he's defending "his honor", not the phone's.
        Will Pharaoh
      • RE: My gadget is better than yours

        @ptorning <br><br>I understood that you were, perhaps, searching for a different word, but, nonetheless, you are correct and I agree with you. You chose the right word. Too often posts on these fora are straight-out insulting; and quite unnecessarily so. There is nothing wrong with engaging in discussion and debate and a lot can be learnt by debating and discussing the pros and cons of various tech; but when people insult each other, that is not debate and it is not discussion.
  • It may make you want to give up...

    ...blogging on gadgets.<br><i>If I write anything about Apple products, the bashers come out of the woodworks in droves.</i><br><br>Substitute the name "Apple" for Microsoft, Google, Amazon, or anyone other name with a following, and you'll get the same reactions. Honestly, it's tiresome after a while.<br><br>Of course, blogging about gadgets probably gets you more gadgets to blog with, at least more than the average person. I'm not sure if that is an addiction or a perk, blessing or curse. Anyhow, keep up the good work.
    • RE: My gadget is better than yours

      Will Pharaoh
  • They're just computers. They're just tools.

    I think you have to be pretty "special" to love one tech and hate another. The real computer people I know, they got excited yesterday at wwdc, they love their Android phones and can't wait for Win8. They like them all.

    In the computer field, once you adopt one technology at the expense of all others, you're outdated.
    • RE: My gadget is better than yours

      @IAmMarty Not really. It's human nature. It's the same switch that triggers the "Us against Them" mentality in everyone, whether it's about gadgets, operating systems, political positions, religions, culture or race. We are tribal creatures with a desire to belong to a group. No matter how civilized or technically advanced we become, when it comes down to it, we're still primates having just climbed down from the branches. Oh yeah, there's another one: Evolution vs Creationism.
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      Unfortunately, you really do need to adopt one technology over another if you want to see it in depth and become familiar with it.

      All that matters is that you can see that platform developing and improving. I started with cards and mainframes, moved through CP/M, then MS/DOS and the various flavours of Windows. Yes I dabbled in Unix, Vax/VMS, Linux and a variety of other mainframe and min OSs, but in the end I chose the most sophisticated development tools and they came from MS.

      The problem with my gadget is better than yours, is that occasionally it actually is and people's inability to accept facts often causes frustration. Coupled with the fact that their toy is now an extension of their opersonality, pointing out its flaws is equivalent to insulting them personally.

      All I can say is that I've used the development tools on other platforms and they are worse than MS. I have a WP7 phone and not only does it work beautifully, it's modern and stylish and a great deal of effort has gone into designing the UI. An iPhone feels heavy and clunky and its UI looks like a crowded desktop and very dated. You can dismiss my opinions, but at least I've used all the gadgets (I have to test our web apps) which is more than can be said for most of the fanbois here of any persusaion ;-)

      In the end, it really doesn't matter if my gadget is better than yours, it's whether it does what you want it to.
    • RE: My gadget is better than yours

      Great post. This is so true. I wish your statment could be posted over at engadget and a couple other sites.
  • RE: My gadget is better than yours

    Great article. My gadget is still better than yours. J/K. =)
  • RE: My gadget is better than yours

    You make good points.<br>The more different gadgets we have the better. If any one platform becomes dominant, it will kill competition and well end up with a stagnant lousy one.
  • So, you're...

    ...multigadgetic? :)
  • RE: My gadget is better than yours

    I hear what you're saying. And it's true to some degree. But, in reality, all things are not created equal. What's important is that the device a person picks is what serves them best! And I think that when you hear criticism or the mine is better, you have to look past the mine is better and at the why is yours better (for you)! For example, I will say right off that I'm not an apple fan and I always believe what I buy is better than what apple sells. But why do I believe that? what is important to me in a smart phone (not necessarily to everyone else) is that I can eliminate devices with it. I want a cell phone that has a great camera and good video recorder so that I can get great pictures of my daughter wherever and whenever without having to carry a camera or video recorder. I want a phone that gets great reception so that I can talk on it without hangups and without poor voice quality. I want a great GPS and voice narrated turn by turn directions on my phone so that a) I don't have to purchase a seperate GPS unit, and b) so that I have it with me in any car I may find myself in. It is also important to me that the phone has a microSD slot on it, a music player, and that it is solidly built. And it must be a smart phone so i can get email from work and personal accounts. On the other hand, great games or funny apps are not important to me. Hip must have social status devices isn't important to me either. So, in regard to my needs/wants, certain phones, no matter how popular or how great they may be in some areas, are poor choices as far as i'm concerned. And as a product reviewer you must realize that people choose one product over another often because of what is important to them and what it offers them. So, to get back to the phone example, I don't think iPhones are particulary good because they don't meet my requirements. The camera is mediocre, the flash is mediocre, call quality is in my experience poor, the GPS options on it are mediocre, and it doesn't have an option to use a microSD card. I have a Nokia N8. It has a GREAT camera, great flash, great optics, so it meets my requirements for camera/video. It has free GPS and the GPS is every bit as good as TeleNav which I was using before and better than what is available on the iPhone and most others. (did I mention GPS turn by turn directions was free on the Nokia N8). the N8 is solidly built. The N8 gets GREAT reception and has great call quality. And the N8 has a microSD slot. So, all of the things that are important to me. It also comes with added bonuses like cables such as 2 usb cables, and an HDMI cable for it's HDMI port. All of which I would have to spend extra money on if I went with an iPhone. So, to me, my device IS better because it fits my needs. My daughters needs/wants are much different than mine and the best phone as far as she is concerned is the iPhone.

    so, the point is that you shouldn't look at the comments in general as negative. Instead, you should examine why people feel the way they do. And by listening, you could even offer better reviews in the future (I've always enjoyed your reviews, but adding comparitive data more often would be nice). For example, instead of starting a review with, "What a great phone this is", start it with, "For those that are looking for a good phone with a great camera, this phone is the one you want/don't want". Or, "this is a great phone for those of you that want the largest and best selection of apps". Or, "this phone is going to appeal to those that find these features important becasue..."

    if you open your reviews like that, then it does a couple things. First, it sets the stage and tells people that this phone ISN'T the best phone, but that for a certain group of people it will be exactly what they are looking for. And by saying first that it isn't the best phone for those with certain needs/wants, they don't need to be defensive and say theirs is better. then, they can start agreeing with you. you might hear things like, "James, you're absolutely right! A great camera is very important to me and this phone doesn't meet my needs". Or you might hear, "James, WOW, I didn't know that this phone (gadget) fit my needs so perfectly. I would have never given it a look, but now that I know it has so many features that are important to me, i'm going to check it out".

    And for those that are say, hey, the iPhone is soooo much better than the Nokia N8, well, let me say that Nokia's music store bites, and that the phone isn't near as cool as the iPhone, and let me say that neither of those are important to me. And neither is the number of apps that are available to me. So, based on my needs and wants, there is no better phone out on the market right now. But, I acknowledge based on certain criterion, the iPhone would be a better phone/selection, just not for me.
  • RE: My gadget is better than yours

    I will never buy an Apple desktop or laptop, but I love my iPhone way too much to ever give it up. What I can't do with my iPhone, I have my rooted ASUS Transformer running Honeycomb 3.1 for all my open source needs. I am happy all around. There is room for both platforms, you just have to have an open mind about it.