This won't quite be the Apple bashing that people probably expect. To start off, I don't hate Apple. I think that they're a spectacular company that does a lot of very smart things. I think that they build relatively high quality products and do a good job of supporting them.
Even if I don't buy any of their products, I'm glad that Apple is around. They're responsible for pushing forward a lot of technologies that are later adapted and improved on by companies I do buy things from.
I also think that Apple makes the right product for a lot of people, maybe even you. An iPod is probably the right music player for more people than any other music player. The average consumer will probably do better with a Mac laptop than the average PC laptop.
I say all this to make a point: I don't hate Apple as some sort of partisan groupthink. I think they have their place, but it's just not in my gear bag.
Here's why: Apple is a mass market company with a simple lineup. Their strategy is to appeal to as many people as possible. That makes sense. They make easy to use computers that do most of what most people would want. As I said before, they're a good choice for a lot of people.
The problem is that they can't afford to make products for everyone. They make five different laptops. There are hundreds of models of PC laptops available. What are the odds that the best hardware (forget about software for now...) specs for your specific needs are found in one of those five computers?
In my specific case, my number one priority is to have a high resolution display. The more pixels on the screen, the more I can fit on it, and the more I can get done. Text is crisper, video and photos look better. The system interface takes up less room proportionally. This is critically important to me.
The thirteen inch MacBooks have 1280x800 pixel screens. That's just over a million pixels, or one megapixel. The screen on my laptop, a Lenovo X200s is 1440x900, which is 1.3 megapixels. Same size screen, but I can fit thirty percent more stuff on it. Incidentally, that's the same resolution of the fifteen inch MacBook.
I also hate Trackpads. I've used a Lenovo one that was okay and some Mac ones are okay. Apple is doing some smart things with multitouch, but I'd still much rather have a trackpoint in the middle of my keyboard. It's harder to get used to, but better in the long run-- you don't have to move your fingers from the typing position to use the mouse.
Those are the big problems I have with MacBooks. There are minor issues too like lack of a fingerprint reader, suboptimal size to power ratio options, and less upgrade potential.
The iPhone has similar problems for me. Its screen is 320x480. My phone's screen is slightly larger, but the resolution is 800x480, which is two and a half times better than the iPhone. I also NEED a real keyboard. Soft keyboards have come a long way and are okay for short messages, but I actually write posts and emails on my phone sometimes.
My point isn't that real keyboards are better than touchscreens for everyone, but rather that if you want a product that is really customized to your needs, you ought to look outside Apple's sphere. I think that many people have Apple products because they're cool and trendy, not because they meet their needs better than any other product.
Up until recently, there was one product by Apple that I coveted: OSX. It's so much better than XP and Vista that it's not worth the space to explain why. I actually spent two days trying to get it to run properly on my last Thinkpad.
I imagine that some people switched to Apple just for OSX. The hardware wasn't as good, but they like OSX so much that it was worth the sacrifice.
Personally I find that my operating system has almost no bearing on my productivity. Windows XP is at least as fast as OSX, so I can launch and navigate between my programs quickly and easily. It isn't as flashy or fun as OSX, but that's not particularly important to mee.
The one thing I really loved about OSX, though, was its beautiful font rendering. Windows XP renders fonts very poorly, and this makes a bit of a difference on a daily basis.
I recently installed Windows 7 and forced myself to use it for a week. At first I tried to make it look like Windows XP and found it extremely annoying. By the end of the week I started using it as it was intended to be used and have fallen in love with it. I never thought that would be the outcome of the experiment, but it is.
The font rendering is beautiful, the new taskbar is pretty efficient, and there are a lot of new features that I appreciate. Unlike Vista, which seemed to be all flash and no function, Windows 7 feels like it was built by people who actually care about making a great operating system.
If you told me that I could install OSX on my laptop and it would work perfectly, I'd decline and stick with Windows 7.
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I mainly wrote this so that when people tell me I should get an iPhone, I can point them here instead of explaining why I will never buy an iPhone or any other (current) Mac product.
At the end of the day I don't think it matters much which computer you have, as long as you thought about what's important to you and what isn't, and made the decision based on that. I personally think that most people could find a Lenovo laptop that serves their needs perfectly.
Lol, even why not like Apple is still written about, what a company.
I am a fairly recent convert to Apple product and have to say that since moving over I cannot go back. I have a 13 inch mac book pro and touch and they, along with my dslr and watch ase the only things I own of value.
Also, Apple are actually not that innovative a company. They tend to let othesr drive innovation then copy the technology and put a sexy candy shell around it.
Apple computers aren't bad computers they are just not worth the price. You can get a PC that does everything a mac book pro does for sometimes a third of the price so why pay the apple tax just to say you bought an Apple.
But the thing that cracks me up the most about apple fans is how they have to justify their purchase to anyone that will listen. It is almost as if they are trying to convince themselves that they didn't just over pay for an electronic device. One last thing no matter how cool it is today it will eventually end up in a landfill. Keep your devices as long as you can.
Bought an Ipod classic 160GB from Target... Opened it the day before I was going to wrap it as a gift, wanted to charge it for the recipient. Inside the box was a scratched, dented, 30GB Ipod that doesn't even turn on. Target said it wasn't their issue, Apple won't respond. Cheated out of a $250 Ipod... Gotta love fraud. Thanks, Apple.
Apple is expensive not necessarily more reliable.I had to return first Macbook pro within one week as the screen was freezing 100s of times in one day and had to reboot every few minutes.The next it was 18 month and airport card stopped working,Store wanted me to pay more than 100 dollars and wait few days.
I have several PC laptops and also desktops which are cheaper and most have not required big fix.I think this would be my last MAC.I sill have few iphones and Ipods though.
I switched to macbook about 2 years ago and I have never looked back. As someone involved in a myriad if different style projects - music production/video editing/ tons of online projects I finally bit the bullet.
Mac totally meets my needs and crashes so much less than all my pcs did.
I feel you on the iphone though. I have a blackberry and I love that it's got a real keypad. I am moving back to the states in 2 weeks so I may check out that htc.
I think Apple is just very overpriced. About a week ago I saw an iPod shuffle and a very simillar thing made by another company the iPod shuffle had 2 or 1GB of space and the simillar one had 1GB more the iPod shuffle cost around €50,- and the other thing costs around €30,- and i don't think that €20,- is in the quality of the body.
I want to use the old ipod touch of my son. I cannot activate with my ID without revealing my credit card information. I would call this lack of being user friendly. Does this alone tell a lot about the company?
I don't criticized your points that you discussed above ,But their live different kind of people in this world like poor and rich and they have their own ideologies to buy apple products.
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Of all the bits of gear, the one thing that fundamentally defines how I'm able to travel is my laptop. I use it to keep in touch with people all over the world, make money, find things to do in each country, and buy my plane tickets. It's probably my most important possession, which means that any time a new one comes out that can improve the way I work (better specs) or travel (smaller or lighter weight), I consider buying it.
I went to Japan last month for many reasons, one of which was because there was a laptop there that was unavailable in the states. Its specs were so unbelievably good that no other laptop would substitute. I marveled at how Sony could make a laptop so much better than anyone else, even my beloved Lenovo, and I was determined to buy one.
It took two trips to the Sony Building in Ginza (fruitless) and finally convincing one of my awesome friends (Thanks Elliot!) to buy it for me and ship it to me after I left. Not an easy process. Luckily for you, they released this laptop in the US two days after I got back, for less than I paid. Oh well.
Taking a note out of tynan's books and my experiences travelling, travelling with less is always more. Having heavy bags, having to find a place where to store thing, and being bogged down is not how I like to travel, and thus I choose to travel very very minimalisitcally, Although I think tynan might be pushing it wanting to go sub-19 liters, but to each their own.
Laptop: Macbook Pro 13'
I love this thing, and now that the price is very competitive compared to other windows laptops in the range there is really no reason not to pay the, now, much smaller premium. before mac book would cost 25%+ than windows laptops in the same range, now the differnece is probably only 10%. For example, that asus zenbook 301ux LA (my current favortie windows laptop, I don't like tynans because the processor is not 4258u or 4558u which means lower wattage, worse built in graphics, and slightly worse performance, although his computer does weigh substantially less and due to lower wattage uses less battery. , so to each their own) costs about the same, give or take 100 dollars ( about 7% of the price) as the mac, except with mac you can run mac osx, and other oses, although the mac does weigh a little bit more, but I like the build a bit better.
Overall with the macbook pro you get a top of the line processor with the best built in graphics for ultrabook use, weighs a measly 3.3 pounds, which is a lot compared to the air and such, but you get a rugged build, and a 2560x1600 display resolution. and you can just bootcamp windows and linux. Overall I really like it, and I don't mind the extra weight because I find the gestures and the mac osx environments so useful on a laptop that I can't see myself going back. and I can just run windows apps within mac osx via parallels, whats not to love?
backpack: Tom bihn 19 synapse.