iChanged… Who’d have thunk it?
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a massive gadget- and tech-lover. This includes, but is not limited to, smart phones, computers, software, hardware, everything – you name it.
So I find it hard to explain why when Apple came out with the first iPhone back in 2007 I didn’t jump all over this shiny new piece of tech. In fact, the stranger thing is that I absolutely loathed it.
All I can attribute this phenomenon to is that in those days I was more of a ‘classic’ nerd. I valued functionality over form. It was all about brains over brawn… I mean, that was, and is, the motto of all nerds. So I was against iPhones because I only ever looked at the technical specifications and it didn’t stack up to other smart phones at the time… at least on paper. It lacked basic functionality like copy and paste, picture messaging and other things that my 5 year old Nokia could do. Furthermore, its media playing functionality was just that of an iPod, which I also loathed – mainly because of it’s reliance on iTunes (that still bothers me today). And then people went gaga over it. This just annoyed me because I felt that it was all just a gimmick and these poor uneducated souls were falling for it.
Fast-forward 4 years and I now own an iPhone, an iPad and a Macbook Pro. So what changed? Well firstly it became clear that Apple was on to something, and something big. It wasn’t just a gimmick after all. This intrigued me, and it became nearly impossible to ignore Apple and all the Apple-centric goodies that were flooding the tech market. My new home theatre system boasted ‘iPod Connectivity’, my new car stereo came with an ‘iPod Control System’ – it was everywhere!
After growing tired of my HTC Windows Mobile (yuck) and Blackberry (yawn), I finally gave in and bought myself an iPhone to see what all the hype was about. It was the 3GS, mind you – I’m no fool. I waited until the product matured into something that did look good on paper as well as aesthetically. And boy was I impressed. Virtually overnight my transformation into an Apple ‘fanboy’ began. I began to appreciate Apple’s style and approach. Their way of marrying together quality and functionality into a very, very sexy package.
I still consider myself to be a nerd, but I think it’s the definition of nerd that has changed – not so much me. No longer do we have to make the choice between something that looks good and something that works well. Apple have truly raised the bar and revolutionised the way we look at things. If you look at the cross-section of Apple users today, and smartphone and tablet users in general, you’ll find that it’s difficult to label that group. Times have changed – nerds are no longer the minority anymore. We still have the ‘classic’ nerd who will stick to Unix and Linux and never use Windows, let alone Apple, but this group is fading away. It’s the time of the modern nerd now… and if you’re not one of us yet, it’s only a matter of time…
PS. This blog post has been submitted entirely from my shiny new iPad 2… oh, the joy!