October 8, 2007


I've been researching the new LG Voyager lately. It's similar to the Apple iPhone in that it has a touch screen interface. Apparently, any time a product comes out that in any way resembles any feature of an Apple product, there is mass hysteria that it is a rip-off. The reader comments on the articles I've read sound like this:

  • "Looks like a total rip of the iPhone interface down to theft of the icons." As if there's some other intuitive icon for messaging or calendar
  • "This is ridiculous ... another lame rip off of the iPhone." See below
  • "All these pretenders to the crown always compare themselves to iPhone. We know who's really the King of the Hill. It begins with 'i' and ends with 'Phone'." Like arguing religion, no way to convince him otherwise
  • "another phone made to look externally somewhat like Apple's iPhone is free marketing for Apple. Why buy a fake when you can buy the real deal?" I guess only the iPhone can exist in the multimedia phone market
Do all Apple fanatics have a superiority complex? Being the "first" to release something doesn't mean that everything else is a rip-off. Is a Camry a rip-off of an Accord? Is a Sony TV a rip-off of a Magnavox? I get the feeling that these Apple freaks are scared that their toys won't be the coolest thing around. The "hip" non-mainstream/non-conformist fanbase that is Apple, has become the conformist crowd, "MUST GET IPOD...MUST USE ITUNES..." Believe it or not, there are a lot of MP3 players that are just as good, if not better, than the iPod. This new phone looks cool and it's on my network, maybe the iPhone is "cooler," but for the love of all things holy, can the Apple fanbase just RELAX and accept the fact that their toys are NOT the end-all, be-all pinnacle of all human technology? It's not like LG said, "Hey, the iPhone just came out, let's make our own version!" This phone has been in development for a LONG time, if it had been released before July then, using the Apple fanbase logic, the iPhone would be copying the Voyager (I have a feeling that they'd still say it copied the iPhone even if it was released earlier).

Gist of my rant: A lot of Apple stuff is cool, some features and aspects are/were innovative; BUT, don't act like it's the greatest stuff in the world and everything else just aspires to be like Apple.

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