Apple thinks that popular opinion will support them in their efforts to litigate against other companies in the realm of tablets and smartphones. And Apple is dead wrong. Because people only care about what they can afford. When one company goes after others, reducing options and driving up the price, it smells like nothing so much as a sweatshop monopoly.
Apple isn't all it thinks it is and even companies that push the technology envelope are not guaranteed herds of screaming fanbois and fangurls. Droid made inroads against the iPhone for good reason, and Droid, regardless of the platform, won't go away. Besides, as good as Apple is in terms of hardware and software it's hardware isn't as good as Motorola, nor is it's software as good as Google. Sorry, but both those companies are just really, really good at what they do, in part because they can focus all their resources on just a slice of what is needed to make good technology. But back to the point. Bringing the legal fight here to America, and not keeping it overseas, was a big, fat, fucking mistake.
American's perceive (and I believe rightfully so) that foreign nations technology thieves, copying, stealing, duplicating, taking jobs and money away from hard working companies here in the US. That said, those same hardworking Americans ~like to have choices when they go to the store. They like sales. They like competition. And when one company goes to the trouble of eliminating more affordable alternatives, well, guess who's the bad guy now? What was 'ho hum' abroad suddenly becomes 'omgwtf' when it's here at home.
#BoycottApple won't really change the minds of hardc0re fans, not on either side of the table, but what it will change is people who haven't made up their minds. Trust me there's a lot of those out there. Given the price difference between the iPad vs Galaxy Tab it's a no-brainer for the uncommitted. Furthermore, genuine technologists also believe that technology evolves better and faster with competition. Stifling progress through the courts is a real buzz-kill and brand-basher.
So a world with just Apple products? No thanks, that's not a world for me. It seems like the 1984-Big Brother commercial, but with Apple on the inside of the tube and Google with the sledgehammer.
Guess who my money is on?