Post # 1
Right now I just have a desktop which I use for work and my Android phone. I would like to get some sort of portable computing device (ipad, laptop, non-apple tablet, etc), but I am unsure what direction to go in. So far, I have only ever used Microsoft operating computers.
I’ve been considering making the switch to Apple. I’ve been doing alot of research and it seems people either really love Apple or totally hate it.
So I wanted to take a little poll here and see what the concensus is. Do you use Apple products or Non-Apple products, or some of both?
Post # 3
We are an Apple family – MacBooks, iPhones, iPods, etc. I love love it. Will probably never change 🙂
The arguments I have heard against products are typically from people who are much more tech-savvy than I am and want more independence in their computers/phones with things like programming, but I think Apples are really made for the average user with incredibly easy interfaces.
Post # 4
Apples are overrated and overpriced, IMO. FI and I don’t believe in that type of consumerism. No offense to anyone bc I know they are great products.. just not for us.
Post # 5
We’re mainly Windows/Android users here, but have iPod Touches for music. However, we rarely use them.
Post # 6
@futuremrsk18: Tell us how you really feel 😉
Post # 7
@MrsWrangler: lol sorry! I hope that didn’t offend anyone. FI’s family loves Apple products and I certainly enjoy playing with their ipad, but my Galaxy S3 doesn’t lack anything that the iPhone has and we’re not big on tablets, but I’m sure there are ones that are comparable to the iPad that don’t cost as much. And while I had my HP laptop, it was only $300 and FI’s $600 Sony Vaio is amazing and all my Dells have lasted me years. I don’t see Apple being better than their counterparts enough to secure the type of pricing they do.
ETA: We do have an iPod and a Touch for music – I think their mp3 players are better than the rest.
Post # 8
Apple is way over-priced for what you get. It’s never the “smartest” buy, even used.
Then again their products are designed to be super-easy for the average user. For people who are novices with technology I always recommend Apple. My mom still struggles with turning her desktop on (too many buttons) but she was like a fish in the sea with her i-pad!
Post # 9
We are a “both” family. DH and I both have iphones and will probably continue to have them (for the standarization of accessories/docks/cases that you don;t get with a droid).
Both of our desktops are Windows, however and will always be so (both are custom builds). His laptop is windows and I’m playing around with Linux Mint on my laptop.
Our tablet is a droid and I love it. I prefer it over my friends’ ipads in terms of day-to-day use (but it’d be nice to have the tablet match the phone for apps sharing).
DH is an engineer so Macbooks are 100% out of the question for him. None of his programs would even run on a Mac. I’m not in the same boat and have considered getting a Macbook to replace my laptop eventually but just can’t justify the price for the specs. It seems like a $2k Macbook has the same specs as a $1k windows laptop from a good brand. That said, if Windows 8 is still around when I upgrade then I’ll be going Mac.
Post # 10
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@mandanjoe: I love Apple products but I can’t justify the price, especially when they come out with a replacement product pretty much every year that makes the old products obsolete.
Post # 11
SO and I are MACS 100% We are not computer geeks and like the simplicity of the software. That does not mean however it is for everyone. My brother swears by microsoft and much prefered his android to his new iphone. I would go to the store and try some different products and see what you like!
Post # 12
@beachbride1216: it doesnt make it obsolete. Just because they market a new item every year doesnt mean you HAVE to have it. Thats the marketing working. My old mac lasted me 5 years and now i have a new one that will hopefully have a good life as well.
Post # 13
@futuremrsk18: Of course I wasn’t offended! To each her own type of technology.
I don’t have particular beliefs on “consumerism”, I just know I’ve had terrible experiences with a range of PCs and the Macs have lasted perfectly for years (well, until my cat spilled an extra large Coke on a 4-year-old MacBook – that’ll kill it for sure).
Post # 14
We are iPhone lovers!! I’ve used other phones and honestly, I’ll never make the switch. We keep getting grandfathered in to the unlimited data when we upgrade, so that’s a nice draw. We used some of our wedding money to get an iPad and love that too! I used to only use PC computers, but after losing two laptops due to hardware failures, we got an iMac and it has worked out amazingly. I did recently get a cheap PC laptop so I could play all my old games and do some other PC-only things, but I can not complain about apple!
As far as consumerism goes…. I buy what makes me happy and what I can afford. It is what it is.
Post # 15
I’ve had Mac computers from the time I was taking graphic design courses in college (10 yrs ago) and I’m on my second iPhone. They’re not overrated… professional designers rely on them for a reason. They may be overkill for some people, but I love how reliable they are. I tried going back to a PC, but I was really frustrated by hardware problems and bad customer service. My first Mac laptop lasted through 5 years and multiple drops onto hard floors. My desktop is still working great after 7 years. My PC lasted 9 months.
Post # 16
I haven’t touched my ipod or ipad in years…