'Please Stop Fighting About Your Smartphone'

Mat Honan, writing for Wired:

The phone wars, the platform wars, should be left to people who work for Apple and Samsung and Google and Microsoft and Nokia and BlackBerry. Do you work for Apple? Do you work for Samsung? No? Then shut up.

Nobody cares what kind of smartphone you believe in. It’s not a religion. It’s not your local sports team even. Stop being a soldier. You are not a soldier. You are just wrong. Shut up. You there, with the blog, in the comments, in the pages of the newspaper or the magazine or on Twitter or Facebook. Whatever your opinion is, as soon as you employ it in partisan fashion, it’s deeply and profoundly wrong. Just by sharing it, you are wrong. And nobody cares. Except for the people who do. And they are wrong too. Myself included.

This is a topic I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and I entirely agree with Mat’s (albeit emotional) sentiments. Arguing for or against one platform over another, to me, feels not unlike arguing politics or religion. (In fact, at this point, it’d probably be safer to discuss the latter.) The anger that is elicited by some makes me uncomfortable, and I worry about people’s priorities. It’s not matter of great importance in the grand scheme of the universe, after all.

That said, I admit to partaking in the “war”. I’ve gotten into some fairly heated discussions with a few friends who are devout Android users over iOS and Apple in general. Being that I follow the company so closely, I like to think I understand them better than my friends, but we still go back and forth. More often than not, though, I just prefer to agree to disagree and leave sleeping dogs lie. It’s a lot easier on my brain and my blood pressure.

See also: Matt Alexander's thoughts on this. Smart take.

(via Stephen Hackett)