Top 5 reasons i bought an Iphone, and regrettes the decision
Let me start by telling you a little something about myself. I am a techno-freak, especially, when it comes to mobile phones. There was a time, when my family, friends or anyone else who knew me would be surprised if they find me using the same phone for more than three months. Now that I’m a little older and a whole lot wiser, I wait for six months before changing it. You get the gist, right?
So, two months back, after I sold off my 126th phone (Yes, I keep count. Told you I’m a freak), I did the unthinkable. I went ahead and bought an iPhone, and my friends and family were not surprised, they were aghast. Me, one of the biggest crusader of the anti-iPhone campaign, buying one for myself? Anyhow, the fact remains that I bought it; and it didn’t take me more than two days to regret my decision. Why, you ask? OK, let me give you reasons for both, why I bought it in the first place and why I regretted it. Read along…
1) PEER PRESSURE: It is scientifically proven that there is a limit to the amount of pressure a human body and mind can take, beyond which it just snaps. Mine did too.
What else do you expect when five out of nine in your group are iPhone users; and two out of the rest aspire to be one? You succumb, right? Well, I didn’t, not until then at least. It happened later… much later, although the pressure did leave a lasting impression on my subconscious.
2) SYMBOL OF STATUS: Let’s agree on this, carrying an iPhone is- rather made out to be- a status symbol. It is a sign of achievement, a sign that you have arrived. Although, with all those easy payment plans and EMIs being offered by retailers today, you can come across kids hardly a few months into their very first job, flaunting the latest model of the ‘i’.
So much for the ‘status symbol’ crap!
3) HAD TO KNOW: Curiosity killed the cat, I know that. What I didn’t know that ‘cat’ is a metaphor, and that it might also refer to human. ‘iPhone is iPhone’, ‘iPhone is a completely different world altogether’, ‘It’s completely different’; we’ve all heard (or said) those at one point or the other, right? I did too, and being the inquisitive techno-freak that I was, I had to find out what that ‘different’ was.
Two months later, I’m still trying to find out.
4) EVERYTHING ELSE LOOKED THE SAME:
Despite and also in spite of all the above reasons, the one that ultimately tilted the balance in favor of iPhone was that every other phone (android, in absence of another option), looked like a clone of each other. HTC looks like Samsung, which looks like Panasonic, which in turn, looks like an illegitimate child of Lenovo and Motorola. Sorry, I can’t go any lower that that.
Where’s the novelty factor? iphone, at least has that round button thingy at the bottom (Heard they’ve taken that off in the new 8 and X. WHY?), and that half-eaten apple at the back.
5) I HATE SAMSUNG:
At the risk of being called a racist/ brandist/ whatever, I’d admit, I hate Samsung. Don’t ask me for the reason why, I just do. May be it’s their holier than though attitude, or the fact that their service centers are the same that caters to the likes of Micromax, Karbon, and Lava; the fact is that I just couldn’t gather the courage to buy a Samsung (Why courage? Have you ever been to one of those service centers?).
Dude, you’re selling me a mobile phone worth 50000, have some shame and give me a decent enough place to rest while my phone is being serviced. Honestly, I haven’t had to visit one of iPhone service centers, yet. So, I wouldn’t know if it’s any better either, I just hope it is.
Overall, I regret having to let go of one of the most user-friendly, albeit middle-class OS, for something that has (in my limited view) nothing new or unique to offer apart from a whole lot of usage restrictions. Having said that, I guess those very restrictions are what makes an iPhone unique and far more safer than anything else out there. In today’s world, when an average Indian has started to do more and more of his banking on the phone, it makes sense to go for an OS that is safe and secure. iOS, at least gives you that. So, go ahead and buy an iPhone for its safety features, if not for anything else.