Having an iPhone makes me feel that I am a fun-loving adult who hasn't lost touch with her childhood. Partly in jest, I usually deride BlackBerry owners as stuck up business person wannabes who think they look professional just for owning one. Of course BB users retort by making fun of my "toy". The Android phone owners take a different stance. They are at a higher moral ground because they support open-source solutions, instead of the "fascist" closed-source that is Mac (Yes. I have heard the word used in that specific context). Of course the counter-argument by iPhone users is that no one who spends over 700 dollars on a mobile can claim any moral superiority.
I am not exaggerating. In the past couple of weeks, I have heard (and sometimes used) all of these arguments in very heated debates. This got me thinking. Why are we linking our own identity, moral stance and image with a phone that we buy? It's like giving value to our choice of soap and defining ourselves with it. Have we forgotten that the phone is meant to simply serve us and provide certain functions and tools? To make our lives easier? All I am seeing are a bunch of people (me included) spending loads of money on a device that, quite frankly, most of what we do on them is play games, and in some cases the same game. Yes. You heard me Angry Bird obsessives.
I know this is a sign of excellent marketing strategies by the companies that make the phones, and I'm sure they're relishing and even feeding this debate. But seriously, aren't we mature enough to know that if you can't prove you're cooler because of who you are, your iPhone 5 never will? So just enjoy your phone and what it can do for you, because at the rate we are going, it will become obsolete in no time, as will this meaningless debate.