I kind of promised myself at one point that I wouldn’t do this. I don’t want to be that guy. I really don’t. I just can’t stop myself.
Recently I got a Droid. It was a big deal, because I finally left behind the shackles of an ancient cell phone and entered the world of obsessive Facebook posting of pictures from every little event. Want to see another picture of my kids eating breakfast? Don’t worry, it’s on the way.
One of the things that caused me to get the Droid over the “hipper” iPhone is
- I bear a fair amount of animosity toward the iPhone because it’s not been switched to a decent phone carrier;
- Apple is run by a dictatorial fathead;
- They can’t just release upgrades to the software?;
- Its stench of “hipness” is an immediate turn-off to someone like me;
- I have a mortgage and kids. Unless I want to sell one of them off, I can’t afford a bajillion dollar phone.
Numbers two and five are really the biggest issues for me. I could even get over the first four, but price point is huge.
In fact, price point has always been what kept me out of the Apple market all these years. Why would I willingly spend $1300 or more for a computer, when I could get essentially the same thing for less than half that price? What could possibly compel me to do it?
“The operating system?”
I can cope with that. Virus issues? Don’t go to dirty sites (I don’t), don’t trust random downloads or file sharing sites (I don’t) and then get Firefox and gird it with the NoScript extension, killing any potential drive-by infection attempts (and freeing you from 85% of the advertising on sites). So completely for free, I’ve negated any argument you can throw at me for spending twice as much for my machine.
“The robustness of the hardware?”
Do the math. I can elect to replace my computer once every five to seven years to keep pace with advances (I don’t need the newest thing on the planet) at a cost each time at about one-third of what I’ll pay for an Apple computer. The argument for the Apple at this point sounds more like someone insisting it’s better to pay for a Lexus when I can make do with a Ford and if I take care of the Ford, it’ll last me just as long if not longer.
OK, Windows Millenium Edition was a joke. I’ll give you that one. And honestly, Windows 7 has not delivered as well as advertised, but honestly, it’s never been enough of a problem to cause issues for me. Seriously, I’m not trying to calculate Pi to the billionth digit. I’ve not had anything that I would consider a serious issue (with the exception of Millenium Edition, which I was trapped into because that’s what Stacey had when we got together, so I count that as a mulligan).
It does a job. I don’t care that it looks sleek or dazzling. I need it to do a job. That’s all. It’s just a machine. It has no feelings and it can’t make me feel better about myself. If I can get something that does the same stuff, is compatible with what I need and is going to provide better service…for a lower price…then why the Hell would I choose to get the MacBook/Apple/iPhone?
I really don’t get it. I know there are Mac cultists out there, but the hardware market has caught up to you. Even if you had an argument for the superiority of the hardware in the past, that argument is shot today.
That’s just how I see it. Not thrilling, I know, but that’s what it is.