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Old 11-20-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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CNET's no stranger to the vitriol being hurled around by passionate handset users. (Skim through the comments section of any major phone review and you'll see.) But we just had to ask: Why all the hate?
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Rawson, along with everyone else lining the block down Stockton Street, is waiting for the Apple store to open so he can get his hands on the iPhone 5S. Tall and burly, he sports a lush beard that clashes with the faded pink highlights he has sprinkled throughout his bleached hair. Then again, maybe Rawson is full of contradictions. He's owned four Android phones over the last three years, but here he is -- in line on a Thursday night, waiting for the newest iPhone.

When asked about what he thought of the Samsung commercials that openly mocked Apple line-goers such as himself, Rawson retorts brusquely.
"Samsung wishes they had people wait all night for their phones."


iSheep, Fandroids, and why we care so damn much about our smartphones | Smartphones - CNET Reviews
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: New York City
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The author missed one key point: social class. Apple refuses to compete in the low-end market. This creates resentment because many people simply can’t afford their products and it makes Apple seem arrogant and snobbish. It also perpetuates the stereotype that Apple products are for white, Creative Class types in New York and San Francisco.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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The author missed one key point: social class. Apple refuses to compete in the low-end market. This creates resentment because many people simply can’t afford their products and it makes Apple seem arrogant and snobbish. It also perpetuates the stereotype that Apple products are for white, Creative Class types in New York and San Francisco.
When it comes to their Macs, sure. But nobody had to wait in line to purchase an iPhone at full retail price from an Apple store.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Why all the hate?
Well, try being a BlackBerry 10 user. Believe me, I get the "you are sooooo stupid" all the time. Never could figure out why people care so much, they are not the one's using the phone.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Well, try being a BlackBerry 10 user. Believe me, I get the "you are sooooo stupid" all the time. Never could figure out why people care so much, they are not the one's using the phone.
I know what you mean. Team Android cheers when it was announced that android phones captured 83% of the world market. Like I care. I only care about what I like in a phone. I have an iPhone. It's not that I don't like android, it's just that I prefer iPhones.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Disagree with the Social Class comment. I don't know anyone that is JHEALOUS because someone else has an iPhone. Maybe, possibly, I might give a little back when they were brand new... but they are far to ubiquitous, and cost just as much as Android and Windows phones do on a contract....
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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The author missed one key point: social class. Apple refuses to compete in the low-end market. This creates resentment because many people simply can’t afford their products and it makes Apple seem arrogant and snobbish.
Uhhh...this isn't 2008.

The high-end Android phones cost as much (and sometimes more) than the newest iPhone.

I can afford to buy ANY phone on the market many times over and not lose a wink of sleep. I CHOOSE to buy Android phones (for personal and business use) because I prefer the platform.

I took a count in a business meeting recently. There were 13 people in the meeting and everyone had their phone sitting on the table in front of them (why is that what everyone does?). There were two BlackBerry users, four iPhone users, and seven Android users. Sorry, Windows, nobody home.

These were not poor people who cannot afford an iPhone.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:10 PM
 
Location: New York City
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These were not poor people who cannot afford an iPhone.
My point is not that there are no high-end Android phones, but that there are no cheap iPhones—or Apple products in general. Some people resent Apple (and by extension Apple users) because their products are expensive. The price-point creates a stereotype of Apple users: hipsters, creative types, and gentrifiers who shop at Whole Foods and drink expensive coffee, etc.

Apple itself is partly responsible for creating the stereotype with the old “I’m a Mac” commercials.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Toledo
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I thought the iPhone 5c is a lower end version.

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I thought the iPhone 5c is a lower end version.
It is, but it's not that much lower.
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