idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
I only have 3 problems with Apple, and none are enough for me to hate them.
1. I don't like the fact that they release a new version of their products every damn year. It actively repels me from buying, because I can't afford to upgrade that often and don't like feeling like waiting will always be better. I much prefer systems designed to be updated via software, with more comprehensive upgrades released every few years. I don't think it's a bad business practice, per se, but it makes me uninterested in their products.
2. I don't like the fact that they are definitely overpriced based on their specs. This is not limited to them by any means, with Sony being a good PC counterpart.
3. The only legitimate gripe I have with them as a company is the way they've changed with regards to IP. Now, they sue everyone who gets remotely close to theirs (like a Korean company because their logo was an apple that looked, in no way, like their own). To be clear, yes--every company does this nowadays. The reason I consider Apple worse above those is because they made their fame shamelessly using the ideas of others, which I actually don't have a problem with. They never outright stole IP, to the best of my knowledge, but they were definitely cutting it closer than any other company--Steve Jobs was quite open about that, because he considered it (and I agree) part of the creative process.
Which is why I dislike them as hypocrites nowadays.
None of this would be enough to convince me, if they released a product I really wanted. I use an iPod (granted, it's one of the earliest Nano models I've had for 7-8 years now). If I get a job in NYC, I'll probably buy a tablet to help pass time when commuting (though I'd look seriously at the Kindle Fire as well).
As for laptops, I'll never buy Apple. Not for any moral reason, but because I abhor having to use the Fn key to right click.
1. Dell/HP/Alienware/Motorola/HTC upgrade far more often than Apple, actually. There's a new Android phone every other month and Dell/HP seem to upgrade as often as Apple if not more frequently.
2. Sony doesn't have the same software capabilities as an out-of-the-box Mac. Sorry, just truth. You pay an extra couple hundred bucks for the creativity software you get with a Mac.
3. Apple does everything they (we) can to protect what we believe is ours within the law and if others care enough, they can do the same. Every massively successful company does the exact same thing, so it baffles me that you refuse to buy Apple products based on this when every PC maker (hell, every major corporation) does the same.
You can enable right click by tapping on the bottom-right corner of the trackpad. Apple laptops are the best in the business. Towers and all-in-ones Apple may be a little pricey, but their laptops are much better quality. I've owned one laptop that wasn't an Apple, and I'll never own one again because the build quality was sh*t (it was a $2000 Alienware, BTW).
The only objection I have to apple products is that it seems like you can get a similar product from Windows for cheaper that works just as well. At least when it comes to PC's. You can pry my ipod from my cold dead hands. I've tried using other MP3 players with WMP, and blech.
Most of what Apple does is about software integration. For instance, I can click a time/date in my email app and it automatically pulls all of the relevant info from that email and makes a calendar event for me, with zero effort from me. I can then send that calendar event to anyone in my address book with a couple clicks (or taps if on my phone).
I can also put a schedule in my computer (or my phone/tablet) and it's automatically pushed to my other devices. Change it and that gets pushed as well.
It's a small thing, but it makes a pretty big difference. I freak out when I don't have any of my devices around to check weather, schedule, email, etc.
Of course you can get something cheaper from Dell or HP, but for comparable software solutions you're going to be spending as much as an Apple product. The only true way to get something much cheaper than an Apple is to build it yourself, which 90% of the population isn't comfortable/capable of doing. That's what I did with my current gaming PC, but I also have a dual-monitor iMac for work and basically everything but gaming.
Also, there's nothing that compares to an iPad in the tablet market. If there was, the iPad wouldn't have the colossal market share that it does.
From an objective point of view, no one device really compares to the iPhone/iPad/iPod. CPUs Apple will obviously not be a leader in market share for a long time (if ever), but in mobile computing/entertainment it's really hard to say any other company does it better.
I've got a fake hackintosh? As in, it just pretends to run OSX but doesn't really.
Hackintoshes are actually a lot of fun. I got a cheap netbook from a friend and put OS X on it. It runs like sh*t because netbooks are stupid and have no resources, but it's fun to confuse people.