Another weekend is upon us. It is another time for us to ponder and rant on mobile and tech issues. Today, we’re looking at the

Are you a fan boy or a platform agnostic?

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Another weekend is upon us. It is another time for us to ponder and rant on mobile and tech issues. Today, we’re looking at the concept of platform agnosticism. What does it mean? How does it affect our lives? Follow me as we explore.

Who is a Platform Agnostic?

Techopedia defines platform agnostic as follows:

  • A platform agnostic product runs equally well across more than one platform.
  • ..the term refers to user choices. For example, users that are true believers of a given platform may refer to radically different platform users as platform agnostic.

From the definition above, we can deduce that a platform agnostic is a user or group of users that patronize “radically different platforms”.


We may define platform agnosticism as a state of mind where you accept any platform or device for the good things it has to offer. You embrace it for it’s strengths and/or weaknesses. You are one that doesn’t discriminate or hate on users of other platforms or go as far as regarding others fools for making their radical purchase/decisions.

If you’re a techie, a phone freak, or gadget lover like me, you love gadgets and how they make you feel. Then two patterns may ensue. I’ll describe the two scenarios below:

You find yourself buying a particular class of device, having very similar traits, running similar software, emanating from a particular manufacturer.

You find yourself buying gadgets from any brand that appeals to you. You may own a whole range of devices from various manufacturers, running a variety of software. You want to have that “change of environment” experience with your gadgets. You buy to quench a thirst or satisfy a curiosity.

If you find yourself exhibiting traits of CASE 1, then you’re probably a fan boy (Android fan boys, anyone?). If you find yourself following traits of CASE 2, then you may yet be the platform agnostic.

Problem of Fan boys

Fan boys use just one platform or devices from one manufacturer. Their eyes can’t see anything from any other brand or running any other software. Sometimes even when it is clear another out there maybe better. They follow blindly, and can be very vocal with their assertions.

Fan boys are bad for phone recommendations, because they aim to bring everyone into their fold. They believe as far as it works for them, then it should work for every other person.

Problem of Platform Agnosticism

The platform agnostic has his problems too. He likes almost every gadget that comes his way. Were it not for financial constraints, he would have a taste of every device that catches his fancy. He runs a loss because of having to buy and do away with these devices.

People call him crazy, a phone freak. Ibo’s will call him, “Onye Ara phone!!” 😆 (I’ve been called that countless times) “How many phones you wan use?” they always ask him.

Another problem with platform agnostics. People suddenly assume you’re rich. Flip out two smartphones, and they be like, “Big boy !!”, “Big Man!!”, “You get money!!”. They suddenly conclude you have a reservoir of cash from which you dip in to purchase your choice gadgets. Without knowing the reverse might just be the case. Diaris God !!

On the bright side, there are joys to being a platform agnostic. You know gadgets, what ticks and what doesn’t. Your curiosity is always satisfied with any gadget or platform you get to use. You’re the ideal go-to guy for phone recommendations, because you’ve been at the other side and know what it feels and tastes like. Unlike the unidirectional fan boys that believes one size fits all.

Now over to you. Are you a fanboy? Or Are you a platform agnostic? Your thoughts.

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  1. Recognizing the superiority of a platform over the others (in things that matter most to you) is not fanboyish. It’s just being pragmatic

    I know Android is better for me, on the.major important points (money included.. I don’t believe in throwing money into the gutters).

    Am I a fanboy because of this?

  2. Am an Android guy through and through,yeah nothin but an Android in me..but on the manufacturer angle 4 of my last 5 Smartphones have been Samsung though am recently having an Epiphany and just ordered for a Xiaomi Redmi Note 2,just so I can taste a different flavour of Android..

  3. I’m no fanboy. So long as a platform handles my needs without making me pull my hair out then I’m good. On manufacturer’ font, I’m very partial to LG. Their thin bezel, double tap to wake (I accidentally double tapped my iPhone screen expecting the darn thing to open), battery life and impressive design means I would be staying with them till I can get my hand on Letv one pro

  4. You really can’t do an article like this without taking a stand, Lord Elroy. You have to at least mention the greatest fanboys of all time.

    For clarification purposes, these are Lord EyeBeeKay and Lord Harry. They are both great Android fanboys. Fanboys believe so much in proselyting. And platform-superiority.

    A gadget lover or those in the platform agnostic fold, love gadgets for the gadget’s sake. They make the world go round. Like I guess you know, there is nothing like a perfect device it there.

    And that’s all.

  5. Seeing that I am not biologically male I can’t be a fan boy, I put my hands up and admit to being unapologetically a platform agnostic. It is a heavy cross to bear but I love it and yes, I get people asking for all kinds of advice in relation to technology.

    My agnosticism has worked well in recent weeks as the company I work for have issued staff with Windows Phones. Although we have an “office champion”, I’m the go to person when people want to know how to do anything on their device. And it has been interesting watching people’s reaction to the phone – the people who hate it most are iPhone users, whilst Android users have been pleasantly surprised at what it can do. And then there are the people who don’t care either way and aren’t tech savvy (my boss uses a Nokia 105) who will quite happily get on with it, cheer at their successes and don’t feel the need to rant.

    A couple of days ago I bumped into a delivery guy and noticed his Sony smart watch. We got talking and he said he’s very anti-Apple but then proceeded to tell me about his iPod 😀 people are funny.

  6. I’ll say I’m platform agnostic.
    I’ve used smart devices and OSes from different companies.
    However, I’m partial to Nokia and Blackberry.
    And I really detest Apple products.

  7. platform agnostic, with a strong preference for Android and Windows Phone (or is it Windows Mobile?)

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