To the OP:
If you are so worried about what other people think about your choices, then why not yield to their desires, and conform, already?
Seriously, life is too short for so much aggravation over a tablet or a smartphone, isn't it?
I do NOT own my Pre+ to be "different" - but, that choice does have its consequences - most people talk about any smartphone like it HAS to be an Adroid or an iPhone, and, to them, anything else is just a cheap knockoff, a "wannabe"..
To me, because I know better, I just giggle quietly to myself, because, I have a device that really suits my needs very well, better than anything Ive tried.. they, on the other hand, just drew into an ecosystem because it was "what everyone else does, so it must be the best".
To each their own, but, if what everyone else thinks of you and your choices is much more important to you than the actual benefit of the choices that you make, then, perhaps you need to rethink them?