Thursday, January 17, 2008

The true test of an Extreme Apple Fanboy

The other day the new Apple Airbook was announced, and I braced myself for the Apple Fanboy club to swing into action.

Of course it has done, but it's actually helped me to devise a test, to see just how much of an Apple Fanboy someone actually is.

It's really quite simple, though quantifying the results of the test is more tricky.

Basically, the test is to ask the following question:

"What is your opinion on Apple's penchant for captive batteries?"

You will most likely get a fuzzy answer, but your 100% pure unadulterated Apple Fanboy will think they're a work of genius and couldn't imagine buying a device like one. It's hard to imagine such a lunatic existing but I'm sure a few do. Conversely, a total non-fanboy will refuse to buy anything with such a ridiculous limitation, while most people will answer somewhere inbetween.

A fairly high score would be had by someone sticking their fingers in their ears and ignoring the question completely.

At the end of the day, captive batteries don't benefit the user/customer in any way whatsoever. You can't carry a spare, and worst of all the batteries run out of life. And when they do you either have to send the entire unit back to replacement (expensive) or replace the unit entirely (even more expensive). Both are wins for Apple, but not for you.

But Apple need not worry. They have an army of fanboys who willingly ignore such things.

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