You know, I love the cop-out answer people give when asked to compare two things… Say, a tank to a fishing boat. Which one’s best? “Oh, apples and oranges. Can’t compare.” Sure you can, which one’s best? A tank can drive over just about any solid surface, blow away anything in its path, and can’t be stopped short of using explosives on them. Then you have the fishing boat. Small, unstable, but it can drive on water.
Different uses? Yes. Uncomparable? Nah.
The “apples and oranges” statement is all well and good until you find someone who hates eating oranges and will naturally choose apples every time.
Which one’s better? The apple or the orange? “Oh, they’re tanks and fishing boats. Can’t compare.” Okay, here, have the orange! “But oranges taste terrible! Give me the apple.”
Which one’s better? The piano or the kazoo? “Oh, they’re apples and oranges. Can’t compare.” Okay, let’s use the kazoo. “But it sounds lame! Let’s use the piano.”
Which one’s better? The Wii or the PS3? “Oh, they’re apples and oranges!” Okay, let’s play with the PS3. “But there aren’t any good games for it! Let’s play the Wii.”
Which one’s better? Mac or Windows? “Apples and oranges!” Okay, buy the Mac. “But my programs aren’t for Mac. I need to buy Windows.”
Sure, all comparisons have a personal opinion involved. But that’s how decisions are made, aren’t they! Comparing one item to another based on personal opinion. So maybe the “apples and oranges” statement is for people smart enough to leave personal opinion out of it? Nah… Humans aren’t capable of being unbiased like that.