Are Samsung Fanboys Becoming Just As Bad As Apple Fanboys?

| April 22, 2013 | 15 Replies


For a while now, there has been one clear war in the mobile phone market, and that’s iOS vs Android. Over the last year or so, however, Samsung has sprung from the ground to become one of the top single phone manufacturers, taking the spot from HTC and Apple. This has ignited a new flame in the ongoing smartphone wars, HTC vs Samsung. Recently, both companies have announced their 2013 Android flagships. For HTC, it’s the HTC One, and for Samsung it’s the Galaxy S4. The latter of those devices is rather unchanged from its predecessor, aside from the screen size being increased slightly and the power being beefed up under the hood. The HTC One, however, is a complete remake for HTC. They are starting from scratch, looking to take back the crown as the top Android manufacturer.

But, Samsung has obtained something that no other manufacturer aside from Apple has, and that’s a devoted following of users. Some may call them fanboys. One of the most vocal group of fanboys, are of course, the iOS fanboys. They’ve been known to criticize nearly everything Google and Android manufacturers do. As HTC One reviews start to filter out, however, Samsung fanboys have become more and more vocal. Go to almost any HTC One review and read the comments, and you’ll notice that most of them are from disgruntled Samsung fanboys.

Usually, when fanboys start to emerge from their dungeons with nothing but negative comments, it’s a sign that they feel threatened. We saw it with Apple fanboys when Android started to improve and Samsung caught on, and now the same thing appears to be happening with Samsung fanboys. The HTC One has been receiving extremely positive reviews from the press, while Samsung has been receiving a fair amount of criticism because of the all-plastic design still found on the Galaxy S4. Samsung fanboys have started to nitpick about the smallest thing that HTC did “wrong” with the One. This includes things such as the Ultrapixel camera, lack of microSD card slot, and a nonremovable battery.

It all comes down to this though: competition is good. If the HTC One proves to be successful, maybe it will show Samsung that it’s hold on the Android market isn’t as strong as it thinks. Maybe it will show them that they will not be able to stick with the same all-plastic design while HTC is making all aluminum devices.

Category: Android News, Android Phone News

About Chance Miller ()

I've had an interest in technology my whole life, with Android dominating the last few years. My first Android device was the Motorola Cliq. Since then, I've filtered through countless phones, with my current being a Galaxy Note II, which I love.
  • Jeramy Tarbell

    I was an apple fan for 4 years had the iphone switched to galaxy note 2 features are sweet battery life is awesome but if iphone ever come out with 5 inch screen id go back in a minute apps and games are way better just my opinion

  • Anthony Washington

    I’m in the Nexus camp. Everything else can EAD

  • Lady Di

    I support Samsung, probably for life, but I am NOT going to become a fangirl, errr hhhmmm, over it. I’m not arguing with anyone over a phone. That’s why there’s as many manufacturers as there are. Choices for everyone. Fanboys/girls included.

  • Richard Yarrell

    It wouldn’t be right for me to skip over this article so I will respond. In my mind there is NO ios vs android war that ended years ago. The Apple/ios platform is nothing more than a total bore totally dull and useless. As far as Samsung they own 40plus% market share of the android platform. Something they earned with great products and hard work over 2yrs. The closest android manufacturer to Samsung is Hauwei at 6% market share Htc needs to worry and focus on Hauwei NOT Samsung. I am the proud owner of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 and will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 3 in September and possibly the Galaxy Note 8.0 if it makes it to tmobile. Nothing on the market today is better than the current Galaxy Note 2. It’s the ONLY TRUE productivity/multitasking Phablet on the market. If you want the run of the mill smartphone experience purchase the Htc One or Lg Nexus 4, or Optimus G pro. I do applaud the build quality of the Htc One with it’s lovely thought out blinkfeed and great front facing speakers. This should help HTC to remain more solidly on the android platform with better sales. Will it sell more than the Galaxy S4 of course not it’s not suppose too.

    • squiddy20

      Says the guy who runs around screaming his ignorant head off about how “boss”, “pimp slapping”, and “gold standard” Samsung is… Epitome of fanboy right here, folks.

    • Psychosys

      Thanks for presenting us with a live example of how annoying these samboys are getting..

    • Alan Maris

      I did not even read your post. can you summarize in one sentence everything you put in there?

    • carlisimo

      I feel the same way about people who don’t drive the same kind of car I do, or don’t wipe their butts with the same toilet paper I use. They’re missing out with their boring and useless products, and that obviously means they’re idiots.

      • squiddy20

        What’s funny about your statement is, he really is an idiot. 2 years ago, he seriously told me that rooting was for “2plus year old devices” and then a year later stated he was “looking into” rooting his Galaxy Nexus for 2 whole months. He also “knew” the S4 would have 3GB of RAM, a flexible display, wireless charging, and “a pad” on the device to measure blood pressure/blood glucose levels. A few weeks ago, he also “knew” the T-Mobile/Metro PCS deal would go through “as is and before the deadline”.

    • Zach

      Wow, the HTC one is anything but a run of the mil smartphone…

  • CK

    HTC has lost a ton of credibility in the past year. SS has done well to steal Apple’s crown but I am an LG fan myself. The IPS HD display and quad-core processor on my Optimus G is tops!

  • Pablo

    I don’t care about the preferences of other people. As long as they don’t attack other brands. My HTC one is unique and sexy inside out, and that is enough for me. I don’t want too many people holding the same phone too..

  • Anatoly Nechaev

    I won’t buy a phone without battery cover. I don’t subscribe to dependence on single battery and vendor-defined memory capacity. And it seems like nobody but big S (and a whole bunch of Chinese manufacturers) are willing to build phones like that.

    In my view it was a reason of HTC’s decay. People wasn’t happy with slick phones that just aren’t good enough.

    Last year i bought SGS2 and quite happy with it.

  • Alexander Ramos

    The problem that I see is the intolerant that many “Android stock users” can be.
    Android offers options and OEMs are options, skins are options but many “Android purist” are not confortable with that.
    Something Samsung have made to have so big customer base using an Android skinned version… and this is not just because it is Samsung… it is because its product and it have learned to heard its customers.
    Now Samsung gives Android upgrades faster than any other OEM, its products keep on the top of the market with good hardware and TouchWiz is getting more useful than Vanilla.
    In the other way are people that just want a design… the same thing we critized of Apple fan… people now seems don’t pay attention to the software capabilities, functionality or flexibility simple as change a battery and remove a SD Card… features too critized in the iPhone but now we embrace because we want to be the next “cool person”.
    Tech forum people think they are the only Android users, they believe Android is for them and it exist for them when the reality is regular customer are not even aware what kind of software is inside their phone.
    Form a market point of view Google is doing somthing wrong with Vanilla when you compare with TouchWiz and when people simple believe TouchWiz is real Android.
    Android non-TouchWiz users aren too sensitive about what Android version get the top and that’s the reason people feel Samsung users are becoming S-Sheep, but when users learn to accept options and Android has not just to be a Nexus phone between 4.5 and 5″ we won’t feel that kind of menace that Samsung virtually represent for Android stock fans.

    • K el F

      But no. There are actual reasons for the few arguments there I understood properly, like nexus phones and version numbers and expandable storage that all have logical and rational reasons and have nothing to do with end users psyche or the Samsung menace. No one cares about version numbers, they do care about the features brought with them. Other statements u made are valid but I’m not sure anyone disagrees or what they have to do with Samsung fanboy ism , if you are trying to say its justified because touch wiz has software features that stock doesn’t that’s ridiculous, they’re just features that come on your phone instead of in the App Store and the negatives far outweigh whatever perceived positives. Htc made a great phone, many Samsung fanboys reacted in the same way they criticize apple fans for, that’s really it.