Tech Advice: Go with the iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy gives you the cooties

The Samsung Galaxy SIII gives you cooties!

I am the de facto techie in my circles.

Even though I don’t have a technical bone in my body, I stay abreast of the goings-on in the digital tech space, and know a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’.

So I often am asked (and share) my opinion about this, that and the other, when it comes to technology.

Case in point: my 23 year old baby sitter is upgrading her phone.

She’s had a Crackberry Blackberry for two years, and she’s debating between the Samsung Galaxy and the iPhone.

The exchange went something like this:

Me: So do you like your Blackberry?

Her: No. I’m definitely over it.

Me: Well what kind of computer do you have?

Her: A MacBook Pro.

Me: (Incredulous) You’ve got a Mac and you’re thinking about going outside of the family? AND it’s cheaper? What’s wrong with you?

Her: I’m just really digging that big screen.

Me: You realize that both the iPhone and the Galaxy have way bigger screens than that Blackberry right? It’s going to be like pulling a flat screen TV out of your pocket.

Her: I know! And I like that. But with my trade in and upgrade, I can get the iPhone for less.

Me: So I’m not seeing your problem. You own a Mac. The iPhone is cheaper. You’re asking an Apple dude if you should go Apple or Android.

Her: I just like that Galaxy!

Me: So what? You’re just looking for a co-sign so you don’t feel guilty spending more money on a WACK phone? Get out of my house! You’re not welcome anymore!

Now that last part didn’t really happen, but I did go on to extoll the virtues of Apple and the integrated nature of its products.

I also lambasted Android and the ‘buggy’ nature of products running that OS.

But in fairness to Samsung, I told her that it was a good device, with favorable ratings, and lots of features.

I also talked about it’s large form factor, and how it’s size approached that of smaller tablet devices, making it an excellent device for anyone interested in owning a tablet but not wanting to have two separate devices.

In the final analysis, I told her it was really a personal decision.

Were it my choice, I wouldn’t be pulling a massive phone with a huge screen out of my pocket.

And then I remembered the first time I saw the Samsung Galaxy in the wild.

And I had to share.

I was on the PATH train headed back to NJ.

The train was packed, as is typical for after work.

I found myself standing next to over a smaller Asiany man, who pulled out his phone just as we started to pull away from the station.

I watched him swipe a geometric pattern across a series of dots to unlock his phone, navigate to his calendar, pull up a date and begin typing.



What a responsible fellow.

Donating his blood…wait…still typing…


Hepatitis B! WTF!

Let me switch cars right quick and get away from this dirty mutha…

Shut yo mouth!

I’m just talking ’bout Hep B y’all!


After that cautionary tale, I sent her off, hoping I had assisted her in deciding which phone to ultimately choose.

I felt good…and like I needed a shower…

But, hey! If you’re looking for assistance or advice, and it involves technology, feel free to drop me a line.

Perhaps I can help you avoid the cooties too!


Filed under digital advocacy, iPhone, mobile, opinion, social media, technology

2 responses to “Tech Advice: Go with the iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy gives you the cooties

  1. Winston Clayton

    I have to disagree with you on this on this one Mr. Chukumba the Android Galaxly is way superior than the iphone; I swear you apple kool-aid drinkers will consume anything with an “i” attached to it. Steve Jobs could’ve released irocks or idirt and you guys would wait in line for days just to have the newest and greatest apple product. The processor, specs, apps, just the phone in general makes the Android way mor better than the iphone. Why do you think apple is really grasping at straws by filing so many frivilous lawsuits to stop or hinder the sale of what they know is a superior product. Apple’s iphones are over-rated and I don’t see why all the hype, oh I forgot how’s that “Siri” thingamagig going, hmmm isn’t there some litigation as it’s not performing as advertised and sometimes giving misinformation. But at the end of the day it’s all about preference some may like the Android while others like the iphone and others the rest; me I would NEVER get an iphone, team Android all day everyday…


    • Winston, I appreciate the feedback. But I’ll never stand in line for anything. So while I’m an advocate, I’m not a zealot. There’s a difference. The reason (in my opinion) Apple is superior to everything else in the marketplace can be summed up in one word: integration. Everything in the world of Apple works with everything else. I don’t need to look hither and tither to find a charger for this or that. I don’t need to worry if my content has synched up. I’m never concerned about putting things on one device and not having another contain the same information. It’s not buggy. Crashes are infrequent. It’s a known commodity. Android users never know what they’re getting. And the frequency with which I hear Android users complain about their devices tells me that it’s not the OS you’re making it out to be. Trust me, I rock with mobile devices and tablets all day. And like I said in the post, the Galaxy has its features and benefits. But, those don’t equal the pure symmetry you find in the world of Apple. So you can have you Android. Give me an Apple any day!


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