This year’s CES seems to have raised an interesting question, and it’s one that I’ve pondered myself on occasion. It’s an issue that often comes around whenever there is a trade show that Apple does not attend, so that’s basically all of them these days.

Take the recent CES as an example. Apple has not attended, and that has led many Apple blogs and fans to take a dim view upon anything and everything that has taken place. What it boils down to is this: if Apple doesn’t do it, it must be rubbish. Pointless, even. Why would anyone be even remotely interested?

So the question is this: why do some people seem to be such diehard Apple fans, or even that awful term “fanboys,” that they just cannot seem to appreciate anything that comes out of a company that doesn’t have a half-eaten fruit on its masthead…

I think it’s a valid question.

I like to think I’m a fairly well adjusted tech enthusiast. Yes, this is being written on a 13-inch MacBook – the first unibody machine before they decided to call it the “Pro” – and I can glance over to the coffee table and spy an iPad 2 and my iPhone 4S. My wife has another iPhone 4S somewhere and then there is the 11-inch MacBook Air that is floating around somewhere. Sorry, that’s a pun I just could not resist!

But all that is not to say that I can’t appreciate the competition.

I’ve had a few Android phones, the last of which was a Samsung Nexus S. I’ve had a Windows Phone 7 handset in the guise of the HTC HD7. I like toys, no matter the name. Hell, I even went through a spell of wanting to pick up a Palm Pre, and I’m still juggling with the idea of buying my third Android phone, a Galaxy Nexus.

See, technology is just so damn cool. Look at it all. There are so many smartphones these days that anyone, and I mean anyone, can find one to fit their budget and requirements. Why would we just decide one is rubbish because it doesn’t suit us, or has the wrong label on it?  I’m all for being a fan of Apple’s products – they make some of the best around – but that doesn’t mean the various Android smartphones aren’t killing it, either. Or Windows Phone 7. OK, RIM might not be so hot, I’ll give you that one.

So why is CES being called a waste of time? We’ve seen some great-looking tablets come out of the show, and the awesome Nokia Lumia 900, too. There’s the umpteen televisions that have been shown off. The Ford electric cars and in-car entertainment stuff. There have been more Intel Ultrabooks shown than I dare count, and that’s just off the top of my head.

Any of that have an Apple logo on? No, but I’m sure I’m going to want plenty of the stuff that’s been announced anyway.

We’ll start with one of those Lumias I think…

  • I was at a T-mobile store yesterday looking at the Nokia Lumia. I’m not so crazy about it but it looked nice and was really cheap!!:)

    • Anonymous

      Lol… “Morons”

  • I’m with you on this, but there was always also something with all the tech I owned, that bugged me. Most of my non-Apple products were not always polished, and I learned to live with the little defects.

    Until I bought my first iPod. My view on the gadgets I owned changed.

    Unfortunately, most other non-Apple products still do note care about the little details and quality – that’s why most Apple fan-boys (sometimes myself) go “meh” on stuff. I don’t see myself using any other phone then the iPhone. I also don’t see myself getting an ultra-book and running Windows again instead of my Mac OS X. The build quality, even most of you might agree with me, is still not on par with the MacBook Air. The MacBook Pro still has the best design in the industry by far, and this current design iteration has been around since 2008!

    So yes, when Apple is in the market, it makes sure that it gives a damn, and gives it all to us. Some people appreciate that, and are grateful for it, some don’t. That’s why, most of Apple fan-boys do not care about CES.

    • Anonymous

      No brand of computer laptop/desktop beats Ubuntu Linux……………………..Nothing……………………….No Mac OS X…………No Windows version OS………………………Nothing will ever beat Linux………………Linux computers are just like a jailbroken iPhone (Open Source and can basically anything for free)……………Except it’s a computer……………………….But like a jialbroken iPhone………………You must research anything you may want to install(check compatibility and dependencies)………………Or problems are bound to happen…………………..And the stability is the exact equal value of any Mac…………..privided you didn’t just install whatever looks cool…………..without checking it out first.

      The “ONLY” downside about Linux is:

      You basically have to choose between…….how awesome the UI…and the stabilty of your computer…………………..I choose stability……………………Mac can offer both……………….But is no where near as “free” as a Linux is…………………Like a jailbroken iPhone for example.lol

      • Well, I’m more interested in plug-and-play features – something Ubuntu never offered me, and never will. Not to mention awesome apps such as the iLife Suite and Logic Pro.

  • Jon Garrett

    A lot of apple fans simply fail to realize that they benefit from competition. when companies compete WE win. Android phones came out with dual core processors and apple followed. Android phones came out with 720p displays and again apple followed.

    How is that anything but a WIN for apple fans? it doesnt matter who came out with what first or whose copying who.

    • Anonymous

      its not android phone, it’s android based phone. iphone didn’t copy android, because android is not a phone. =p

    • Anonymous

      True, competition begets innovation.

    • Im a total apple fan but i totlly agree with u

    • Apple does not care about the consumers “winning”. All they care about is them winning and making crap tons of money off their shiny awesome products and I own several. That’s how apple stays in business by not sharing product ideas or details with anybody. Apple makes quality products and as long as they do people will buy them. Can’t wait for a retina display on an iPad.

  • Anonymous

    ” What it boils down to is this: if Apple doesn’t do it, it must be rubbish. Pointless, even. Why would anyone be even remotely interested?”

    Maybe I’m just living under a rock, but I have never heard these sentiments.

    • Anonymous

      Thats because it is the general opinion of a lot of people……………..You never heard anyone say that exact sentence??????????……….No way??????///

      I haven’t either……………….but I have witnessed first hand the mentality of people that basically say just that “if Apple doesn’t do it, it must be rubbish”………………………………It just was not worded anything like that………………………Are you seriously this naive??????????????

      • Anonymous

        First, I’m no stranger to sarcasm. Secondly adding a lot of dots………..to your comment……………doesn’t reinforce your statement…………………….. It really just makes you look a little ‘slow’ (maybe you were dropped on your head as a child, in that case I apologize)………….see what I mean???????…………Third I said I have not heard those ‘sentiments’ (look up the word and report back to me, it doesn’t mean ‘say that exact sentence’). 4th, Maybe the people I hang out with are not douche bags so they don’t have that mentality. 5th are you seriously that ignorant??

  • Anonymous

    Finally, a not only unbiased, but also reasonable post here at iDB.

    (Unlike Cody’s)

  • Well maybe because apple tents to give a special touch to it’s product that no other company could give. I’m saying that sometimes other manufacters product are way better than apple’s product through specification and experience but it lacks the part where what consumers really want. Apple provides a balance doze for experience, service, product specs, and even the tiniest little bit(the boxing detail, designs, os interface, the gadget or device life-time) everything is just perfect. That’s why sometimes i think that apple product is more worthed than others ( I’m not a hater but i’m just telling what i think)

    • Anonymous

      the way apple markets it’s products is also extraordinary.

  • Anonymous

    What a sensitive topic

  • Anonymous

    Apple is the best. Period!

    • Painman

      This article is not about either punctuation in the English language or the menstrual cycle of the female. Therefore my man, you have missed the point and have no valid reason for posting. Away with you…….

      • Anonymous

        away with me? ok your highness. what are you like 200?

      • Painman

        Yeah about 200. Obviously old enough to know how to switch on a none Apple product

      • Dan

        That reply was not warranted, he simply stated that apple was the best (in his opinion). You must be the menstruated female…

      • Painman

        He wasn’t stating anything he was just being a fanboy and the article didn’t warrant that. If you support that, I have no interest in your opinions.

  • Anonymous

    Innovation is great, but there was hardly any at this CES nor the last one, I don’t think other companies are rubish, but come one, the theme on this CES was lets make something as similar to the Macbook Air as possible, sadly doesn’t matter what they do I love OS-X, if apple shipped their computers with windows I would be excited about these other options.

    Last year’s CES was all about copying the tablet, again I like iOS so anything else with laggy android and lack of apps, well i don’t care about them either.

    Stuff that interested me this CES was Thunderbolt accessories, some Sony future products, definitely the clear glass monitor from LG? was it, and the samsung new monitors since i’ve always wanted a second monitor for my iMac

    Everything else was aluminum this and aluminum that, meh’ i’ve had aluminum computers and accessories for many years now

  • Anonymous

    Yeah ………………Despite having an iPhone 4(and loving it), i personally think it is completely retarded and bias to be dedicated to Apple products only………….And this Android iPhone feud is elementary to say the least…………..Grow up……………….I love my apple iPhone……………but i have no room to bash Android…………….as there is absolutely nothing the makes the Android better than the iPhone and NOTHING that makes the iPhone better than Android………Well the iPhone is a little more secure…………but that does not make it better for a standard user.

    I hear people on forums/blogs all the time saying Android is better than iOS many times because it can do something that iOS cannot………………….Which every single ststement I have heard like that is 100% UNTRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    try me………….Name something that Android can do that the iPhone cannot………….or vice versa…………….I’m down for proving you wrong.lol

    • Anonymous

      If you talk “stock” OS then tbh, quite a few things but with a jailbroken iPhone I can’t think of 1 tbh, one thing I guess is you can play a lot of games like Angry Birds, full and free which you can’t do on an iPhone without jailbreaking lol but I can’t think of a feature as such.

      I agree completely with your annoyance at the squabbling children do about which is better, Apple or Android … What’s better is what suits your needs, simples.

    • Jon Garrett

      Name something Android can do that iPhone cannot? we are talking non-jail broken iPhone here aren’t we?

      1. Widgets
      2. live wall papers
      3. side load apps. (install any app you want and from any source you want)
      4. customize the UI
      5. share ANY file type
      6. upload a photo to Facebook from your gallery
      7. make ANY app my default app, I don’t have to use stock apps for anything.
      8. play .flac files plus about 1/2 dozen other types
      9. add content without iTunes
      10. actually play an mp4 file WITHOUT first having to use 3rd party software to convert it first.
      11. browse your phone like any directory on your computer
      12. support drag and drop
      13. play flash
      12. display Google maps in 3D
      13. integrate ANY 3rd part app into the OS. (example; from my gallery, I can share a folder to dropbox I don’t have to be in the dropbox app)
      14. send ANY type of file to another phone
      15. automatically resend a failed text message when you re-acquire a signal. (like when I send a message while I’m on the subway and there’s no service in the tunnels but when I come out and pick up a signal, the message is sent without any additional input from me.)
      16. turn by turn VOICE navigation from within Google maps
      17. display a photo next to your contacts name in the contacts app
      18. MULTITASK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      19. put as many apps as you want into one folder, no folder limitations on Android.
      20. set any page as your home page.

      now what can iOS do that Android cannot

      1. make a video call without 3rd party software (at least I cant on my Galaxy S II)
      2. use emoji keyboard for EVERYTHING, not limited to just messages
      * back up/restore phone data

      • Anonymous

        samsung kies backs up your phone i believe. I dont use it, but i think it does. I have my gs2 rooted so i have a rom manager that backs-up my phone 100%. Also, number 16, i love that feature. Also, android have bluetooth sharing.

    • Jon Garrett

      Name something Android can do that iPhone cannot? we are talking non-jail broken iPhone here aren’t we?

      1. Widgets
      2. live wall papers
      3. side load apps. (install any app you want and from any source you want)
      4. customize the UI
      5. share ANY file type
      6. upload a photo to Facebook from your gallery
      7. make ANY app my default app, I don’t have to use stock apps for anything.
      8. play .flac files plus about 1/2 dozen other types
      9. add content without iTunes
      10. actually play an mp4 file WITHOUT first having to use 3rd party software to convert it first.
      11. browse your phone like any directory on your computer
      12. support drag and drop
      13. play flash
      12. display Google maps in 3D
      13. integrate ANY 3rd part app into the OS. (example; from my gallery, I can share a folder to dropbox I don’t have to be in the dropbox app)
      14. send ANY type of file to another phone
      15. automatically resend a failed text message when you re-acquire a signal. (like when I send a message while I’m on the subway and there’s no service in the tunnels but when I come out and pick up a signal, the message is sent without any additional input from me.)
      16. turn by turn VOICE navigation from within Google maps
      17. display a photo next to your contacts name in the contacts app
      18. MULTITASK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      19. put as many apps as you want into one folder, no folder limitations on Android.
      20. set any page as your home page.

      now what can iOS do that Android cannot

      1. make a video call without 3rd party software (at least I cant on my Galaxy S II)
      2. use emoji keyboard for EVERYTHING, not limited to just messages
      * back up/restore phone data

  • Lol fanboys

  • G

    The way I see it, Apple is simply making the best products right now. Doesn’t mean they always were, doesn’t mean they always will, but right now Apple is at the top of the game so I’m gonna keep supporting their products