I do not play football. At least not since secondary school when my friends let me play in the defence. I suspect that it was more out of pity. Or they just liked me. I was good at ballooning the ball though. They must have enjoyed the spectacle too. I probably played more like a clown than like a footballer.
Anyway, history class is over. Believe it or not, there is a very strong common denominator between football and mobile. The similarities are shocking. Mobile is my world, and I know it like the back of my hand. While I do not quite follow football, it is really hard to escape it. On match days, my Timeline is full of fans throwing jabs at one another. I make a deliberate effort not to follow the conversations, but then a few snippets slip through the cracks anyway. The passion with which fans of the various football clubs go about supporting their clubs is something else.
Well, it is the same here in mobile. Hard-core Apple fans. Unrepentant BlackBerry fans. Team Android die-hards. Nokia fanboys. Fans and fanboys. That’s what football has in common with mobile.
How else do you explain that someone passes a favourable comment about say a Nokia phone, and another responds to ask him if he works for Nokia? How else do you explain that people are unable to grasp that your having something to say about one smartphone platform does not mean that you must hate the others? How else do you explain that people often cannot stand any criticism of their favourite mobile brand, even when those criticisms are valid?
Yes; that’s the sort of scenario that is played before me when football fans go all out dissing one another and their respective clubs of allegiance. The exact same goes on here in the mobile technology neck of the woods. We just switch the football clubs with the mobile brands, and then have a go at one another again and again. It can be fun, and it often is. Sometimes, it is taken to such extremes that it is just plain silly. But then what would humanity be if we lost our ability to be silly?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.