“Oh, hello,” a 25-year-old professional’s recent post on Craigslist begins. The writer, who is looking for a one-year lease in Manhattan, maybe Soho, is interesting for two reasons. Firstly, because he’s willing to spend up to $1,400 per month for a room in an apartment, which is a lot more than most 20-somethings feel comfortable with.
Secondly, he is fine with everyone but Apple fans.
“I refuse to live with anyone that has sold their immortal soul to Steve Jobs,” he writes. “I don’t care about your app that tells you when you need to water your plants. I don’t care that your phone can function as a Speak N Spell. I don’t care that your phone has a million ‘exciting’ features that exist elsewhere. NO IPHONES. Oh, and probably no iPads, either. Upon meeting, you must show me your phone (no scammers! I will be calling it in person to confirm that it is indeed your phone).” He also says that knowledge of a real-time strategy video game called StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a “big plus,” so the post doesn’t seem to be a fake, or a Microsoft plant.
Update: Indeed, it’s not. “Right now I work for a software company in Chicago, and I’m transferring to our New York office,” the writer, Vince Thomas, just said by phone. In Chicago, he lives with a college friend. “He’s a really big Mac guy, he’s always kind of inundating me with information about how sexy his new iPhone is,” he said. “Lots of iPhone talk. Completely unsolicited. I just can’t take it anymore.”
In case he doesn’t hear back from a Manhattan-based non-iPhone roommate, he’ll publish a less tech-related post later today. “I use a Motorola Droid. I love it. I’m a big Android fan,” he said. “The stereotype you hear is true: The typical iPhone user is going to be so enamored of his or her phone, he’ll insist on showing all the featuers he has that, in all honesty, exist in other phones.”
Still, Mr. Thomas isn’t blind to the brand’s charms. “I commend Apple on the sleek, simple, brilliant design,” he said. “It is great, I don’t refute that. But there are other great phones out there.”