The really issue is that everyone feels the need to defend their purchase in order to not feel foolish or inferior. Everyone should ask themselves, "What do I want my phone to do for me?" If you want it to make you look "cool" to all your friends, that's not a reason to buy a phone. Unfortunately, the majority of iPhone customers fit in this catagory. If you want it to browse the internet the way the internet is meant to be, this is also not a reason to buy the iPhone.. If you want your phone to work as a phone, this is not a good reason to buy an iPhone. If you want your phone to sync flawlessly with your Mac, iPod, and iTunes, this is a great reason to buy an iPhone. If you don't have any other Apple products, there a MANY phones out there that do things better than the iPhone. If you have an iPhone and no other Apple products, you probably bought it for the cool factor, and that's ok! Just own up to the fact that you like it even though it may not do all the things another phone may do. You are not inferior or foolish. You are just suceptible to advertising, peer pressure, or trends. You are probably not a leader and that is ok too! With too many leaders, nothing gets done. If you don't want this to be you, educate yourself on technology. If you find that iPhone is still the best choice for you, start looking into the world of Apple. Buy other Apple products. Become and Apple person. Apple makes great, albeit very proprietary, products. Just don't buy for status.
AND, Android people...stop picking on them! you may have the fastest, biggest, most advanced phones with the highest percentage of free apps and support flash, but that just makes you a technophile nerd and not cool like iPhone owners!