Strand says iPhone owners are deluded

Rating: Suffering from the Stockholm syndrome, apparently

Mobile market watcher, Strand Consult, has been pondering the question: given the iPhone’s many and obvious flaws, why do owners defend it so fiercely? Strand’s solution – because they’re all suffering from the famous Stockholm Syndrome. Just iPhone users? Surely all Apple device owners?
For those unfamiliar with it, the Stockholm Syndrome was invented by psychologists after a hostage drama in Stockholm. Hostages reacted to the psychological pressure they were placed under by defending the very people that had held them hostage for six days.

In other words, they were in complete denial.

It’s easy to see why some of the excuses given by iPhone users for blatant flaws in the iPhone’s design are very flimsy indeed. Strand list some twenty of these excuses and here are a selection …

No 5 In answer to the suggest that the iPhone isn’t a real Smartphone because it cannot multitask, owners suggest that the handset has all the necessary functions and the OS is technically superior compared to other smartphone OSs currently on the mobile market.

Fine, if you’re not accustomed to multitasking. So,  it is quite easy to see why iPhone users can live without it.

No 7 To the criticism that you cannot change battery on the iPhone, owners ask, “How many people run around with spare batteries? None or very few.”

Wait until the handset gets old and ask the question again. Plus this is reminiscent of the fact that today’s Macs have to give discs back through a software command. Not so celver when it gets stuck and you have to pay a service centre £100 to extract it.

No 17 The iPhone does not support memory cards. The iPhone’ defenders say the handsets already offer the necessary memory people require. Consumers can choose between two models: – one with a little memory and one with a great deal of memory.

Again, ask owners of old Macs how frustrating it was to be unable to open the computer’s casing and add more memory (like PCs) when applications became memory hungry. That will certainly happen with the iPhone.

Some of Strand’s criticisms were very flimsy, though. Take No 3 The fact that you couldn’t forward a SMS. Users retorted that this is a function that hardly anybody uses and was therefore not included in the first iPhones. That seems a perfectly reasonably argument to GoMo News.

What Strand Consult has discovered is the fact that the more criticism is heaped on the iPhone (which is obviously a smash hit with many consumers), the prouder they become of owning one.

Having dealt with Apple’s supporters for over 25 years, GoMo News agrees with the Stockholm Syndrome diagnosis. Still, it’s not unique to the iPhone and will certainly apply to those who buy an iPad in future, too.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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9 Responses to Strand says iPhone owners are deluded

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  2. Susan says:

    Huh? The iphone hardware and software *DOES* multitask. It always has. Since day #1. But only a few apps do… because all the others can do something far BETTER than multitask. They can notify you of anything you want to know… WITHOUT the app even running.

    Where did you hear “no iphone multitasks”????

  3. Kimberly says:

    The iphone’s battery can be fully discharged/recharged about 500 times.
    Even if you do that every 3 days (very unlikely) the battery will last over 4 years.
    (Do you know what amazing new iphone that will be out in 2014 for $50. Why in the world would you keep your 4 year old iphone????)

  4. Alice says:

    Even with VERY heavy use… I can’t seem to use more than about 25% of my 16gig memory.

    (There’s no need to really store songs, TV shows, or videos on the device. I simply play them through the network instead.)

    Do you know ANYTHING about the iphone at all?

  5. Karen says:

    > Fine, if you’re not accustomed to multitasking.

    Name 10 apps that you *MUST* have running on your multitasking phone at all times.

    I’ll name the same 10 apps.. that do the same thing *WITHOUT* multitasking… on the iphone.

    Try it.

  6. Way to lose readers. (Small typo on “clever” too.)

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  8. Michael says:

    I hope this post is sarcastic and you’re making fun of Strand for their “many and obvious flaws” angle: if those are “obvious flaws” then 99% of ALL phone users are just as oblivious to them as iPhone users.

    When people are actually keeping phones long enough to need a battery change, or actually multitasking beyond combining phone/music/internet (which the iPhone can do), or (lol) using memory cards in their phones, then there might be a point to this.

    But until then, to most people this kind of thing sounds like when gamers complain that most consumer video cards have an atrocious frame rate: the average user not only doesn’t care, he has no reason to.

  9. Jan says:

    I can switch back into a program excatly where I where faster than many socalled mulititaske smartphone users can switch between to runing programs and I do not burn as much battery doing so as the So called mulitask smartphone users do. I have friends that has depleted their batteries because they forgot that they had programs running in the background. the iPhone is about ease of use. It will not add functions until Apple has found a easy way of using that fuction. Thats the reason why copy pasted was not added until version 3 of the OS. They will not add Multitasking until 1. they have found a way that will not burn through your battery like a flamethourch through paper or until they release hardware with improved battery life to compensate.

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