With over 70 million iPhones already been sold, iPhones have made a huge impact on the society. We see an iPhone in every fourth hand. But are all these users alike? Over the last 4 years of iPhonedom, several different types of users have emerged. Lets meet some of them.
The 8 iPhone users
The Fanboy is excited about everything ‘Apple‘. He owns every previous version of the iPhone and frequently posts on Mac rumour forums. He proudly wears an Apple t-shirt, bought off ebay from a disgruntled former Genius Bar technician, so often you suspect he’s not laundering it in order to prevent it from fading.
He blames any and all problems on AT&T, and is fully prepared to scapegoat Verizon as well, come February.
This guy also owns a blackberry, from which he simply can’t cut the cord. He carries both phones around with him,and mainly uses the iPhone as a glorified iPod at the gym. His corporate job pays for the phone plan, so the extra $100 a month for a phone he never makes calls on doesn’t phase him. You can see him sometimes walking around with in-ear bluetooth.
This particular type, got the iPhone because it was trendy, or someone gifted it to her. She is not aware of the raw computing capability in her hand, and probably wouldn’t care anyway.
The Unappreciative has never bought an app, doesn’t use a case, and complains about how big the phone is.
This guy thinks how he was living without the iPhone. It means the entire world to him. He uses the iPhone to full extent. In fact he’s so much into the iPhone that it’s impossible to hold a conversation. He brought a bullet proof case for the device, and downloads apps out of sheer boredom.
The Hacker uses his iPhone to remotely start his car, turn his neighors’ TV on and off from across the street and almost every other use he can find on the Internet. He has never heard of words like “FCC” or “Terms of Service”. He makes free calls from Skype via WiFi instead of using phone plan.
He tries to convince The Fanboy to also jailbreak his iPhone so he can tether to his laptop, but The Fanboy is too scared to do it.
The Senior Citizen
No one’s really sure of how this guy ended up with an iPhone, perhaps his son, living abroad gifted it during his last visit. He holds it really far away from his face to use it and types at 1WPM. You wonder why this guy has a cell phone in the first place, specially when the default iPhone ring tone play ceasingly from his jacket pocket while he tinkers with his hearing aid.
The complainer does nothing but whine about the iPhone, from the touch keyboard to censorship, to Steve Jobs’s sweaters. He says he likes Android and will get the next model of Samsung smartphone.
He’s probably going to get the next iPhone anyways.
The Virtual User
This guy knows everything about the iPhone. He knows the date when the first iPhone was showcased to the number of iPhones been sold till the moment. He closely monitors any new app featured on the app store and gives striking reviews about them. You just wonder why you have not seen his iPhone yet. Perhaps he will show it some day when he owns it.