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January 29, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Rant of the day: Android hate and Apple love

Dan Lyons went off on the Apple fan chorus today in an essay exploring why Americans choose Apple over Android.

Lyons suggests that Apple cheerleaders are swaying opinion in America while the rest of the world moves toward Android. Then he goes further, accusing them of elitism and worse.

A sample:

“Despite all this name-calling, Apple promoters still claim to have no idea why Android users resent them, or resent Apple. Confronted with the insults that they’ve been hurling at Android users, they effect a faux-naif posture of innocence and disingenuousness.”

The faux naifs have bigger concerns than the Android-loving former Fake Steve Jobs, though.

They are perplexed by Wall Street’s love for Amazon.com, which appears to be absconding with the crown, becoming the most-favored tech stock that begins with A.

Especially disconcerting is investors’ indifference to a spurt of favorable Apple news.

There were purported images of a new iPhone for China and a refreshed Apple TV adapter device.

Apple also fired a torpedo at Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro tablet, releasing a 128 gigabyte version of the iPad aimed in part at business users. Interestingly, tech bloggers the same day began questioning whether Microsoft’s going to stiff Surface Pro buyers on storage space.

A year ago that kind of PR might have had Apple fans talking about the stock climbing toward $1,000. But today it gave AAPL just a 1.9 percent gain, to close at $458.27.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s up 9 percent in late trading, after its tepid earnings report.

Amazon has been selling a lot of Android-based tablets, and rumors are that it could release an Android phone next.

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