An Anti iPhone Rant

Anti-Smartphone……Maybe, ……but Anti-iphone….. Definitely……!!!

Guest Author  – Biswajit Patowari

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I represent (part-timely) a small, but significant, group of radical thinkers known as the Anti-Smartphone…rs!!! Well, my stand on Smart phone is bit shaky, sometimes questionable and sometimes,…. I am not proud of it, hypocritical but one thing is sure, I am definitely Anti  iPhone.

I don’t know how or when the seeds of the hatred towards iPhone were planted in me but as long as I could remember I have always been against it. May be it has to do with the fact that Apple has always ignored the Indian Cell phone market. Its strategy in Indian market is, if I am not wrong, filled with biased. May be this is the fact why people in India don’t line up to an Apple store when the new iPhone is launched. The iPad is virtually non-existent in India. But here in Singapore, it’s a totally different story. I remember, when I first came here, and whenever I used take out my Nokia phone in a subway or bus, people used to look at me with sympathy and empathy, as if asking to themselves ‘What is that thing in his hand???’

Not so long ago, I was a proud owner of a Nokia Flip phone. Ya that’s right, a flip phone. I know it sounds like a page from a history or like saying I love antiques. But my flip phone has served me well. I bought this phone, not because it has the best technical features. But because I liked the idea of flipping a phone to pick-up a call or to message somebody. And then at the end slamming it back with a bang. You cant do that with an iPhone. Right here, I can tell you few advantages of my phone over iPhone.

1)      Do you remember the phrase ‘slamming the phone’, its when you slam your phone with a bang if the conversation with the person at the other end is not going well. It was a rage with those cord phone, mostly popularised by movies and TV.  The flip phone was a special tribute this phrase. With a flip phone, you can slam the phone on a person’s face but with an iphone all you can do is to take the phone in your hand and touch it gently, not hurting the phone, to end the call, then shout to phone ‘Fuck U!!!!’.

2)      For this next reason, I would like to take the example from a movie. You must have seen the Leonardo di Caprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon movie ‘The Departed’. I have seen this movie 2 – 3 times. And, if you have too, then  you must remember the scene in which cops have rigged a meeting place, where Jack Nicholson gang is meeting with an asian gang. In that scene, the gang meeting switched to a place where there isn’t any camera. Leo was aware of this, he had to improvise, so he messaged Martin Sheen character from his phone without taking it out of the pocket and without looking at the phone screen. Now tell me, can you do that with an iPhone.

I can jolt down here many other advantages, but I think you have got the idea.

As long as we are talking about movies, imagine a scene in your head. A hero slamming his flip phone after getting a distress call and then giving a badass expression. Done..!!! Now imagine the same scene with an Iphone. Not cool enough right?

For me, phone such as Neo’s phone in the ‘The Matrix’, remember the sliding phone which you need to slide everytime he had to call or pick-up a call, were legen…..dary. Now that was a stylish. I may be a bit old fashioned but I think there is big difference between Stylish and Sleek. An iPhone is just plain sleek.

You may argue here that the iPhone is good because of the feature it has which, in turns, helps us in our daily life. If this is the case, then does a phone really needs those features and should’nt it be used just for calling someone. Would you prefer to text someone or rather actually call to hear what he/she has to say? Would you connect to a person by actually talking to him/her or by waiting for a reply to your text or status or tweet?

This is what an iPhone has done. In the name of connecting people, it had, actually, built a wall of uncertainty around us.

iPhone has built a world where a person is judged by what phone he is carrying.

Well, hold your thoughts, these are not actually my thoughts, These questions were actually on the minds of the revolutionary thinkers, who created the legendary “JohnPhone”. Check out the link

I seriously think, the phone is named John Phone, simply to piss-off iPhone. The tagline of the phone says ‘World’s Simplest Cell Phone’. And that’s what it is. It has no display, just a key-pad.  And ya, you cannot save your numbers in this phone. Guess what you have to do save numbers in phone, well you will have to write it down. On the back of the phone there is a small booklet, where you can write down your preferred numbers. The phone accessories are a pen and an ear-phone. The battery will run for atleast a week without charging.

Sounds more like a concept than a phone …..right????. But it’s a reality. I couldn’t believe it at first. It’s amazing how people thought of what smartphones are doing to today’s society, and actually came up with a solution. And from what I have read, these are a rage in Europe.


You may notice I keep blaming iPhone, but the fact is all the other smartphone makers are doing the same. Samsung, Motorola, Sony, Nokia and others are equally to blame for. But fact is iPhone started all this brouhaha. In the beginning, Apple was the rebel in the block. Just watch its eighties Machintosh ad video in the youtube and you will get the idea. Back then it was sole torchbearer against big companies. But now its becoming the same what it fought for? Steve Jobs is regarded as God. No disrespect to him, but what is his contribution to science? iPod, iPad iPhone. I remember when Steve Jobs died, the facebook was filled with RIP messages and in the small corner the FB wall there was a small RIP about Dennis Ritchie ‘Father of C language and Unix’. I am sure even Steve Jobs would have praised the efforts of Dennis Ritchie if he would alive.  It’s actually e….We have created the monster known as Apple. Today if someone is buying a new phone, people will laugh if he is not thinking about iPhone. iPhone has become the very definition of a cellphone.


All these thoughts and the events in Foxconn made me change my mind and stopped me from joining the masses by buying an iPhone. Would you believe it, I had even selected the Iphone cover in internet before buying one.

But instead I bought a Samsung Galaxy W. Well ya Ok…. it’s a smart phone…….but atleast its not an iPhone…..


P.S. I have nothing against my friends who owns an iPhone………


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