For those who berate apple fanbois for liking apple kit you really do yourselves no favours. The fact that many people like Apple kit, are fully aware of what else it out there, quite possibly also having that kit too ... then don't knock us because we have made an evaluated decision. Knock the company that you don't like, knock particular products, but if someone has made a choice then fine ... leave them to it.
If someone has chosen CC3/4 over Vanilla then we have said time and time again that belittling them as people who can't handle a proper network is out of order so why should we stand for that to happen to members who make a choice over a phone, an OS, a choice of applications?
Those of you who have moved to or from an iOS based device ... then fine ... your choice. If you moved because you disliked the ethics of the company then don't harp on to those who preferred to stay because of the UI.
Is there a case of Apple promoting their kit as a status symbol? Hell yes ... they always have so why get surprised by it now? Oh ... because they are not the underdog anymore and it comes out that people like to knock those on top ... human nature.
Remember, some people just like certain things, and starting to say that fanbois (or plain old apple users)* are wrong just because they choose Apple is like saying that Mondeo drivers are wrong, or Drum'n'bass is wrong.
*Interesting to see how frequently it is the case that any Apple user is automatically called a fanboi now. It used to be a fanboi was someone who would choose Apple over everything no matter how good or crud it was because they were part of the dedicated (almost religious) following. A user was someone who had made a choice about what tech they were going to use. A Luser was someone who could hardly be trusted with an etch-a-sketch. Why has this changed?
Personally, I can only speak about my experience with Apple users.
For a start, my brother has had an iPhone for about 2 years. He will not accept that there is anything else on the market that is as good, if not better. Despite the fact that he is struggling financially, he will not give up his £35 a month contract and go to a different phone on £10-20 a month. I call this blind stupidity. (Though this, perhaps, has nothing to do with the overall argument!!).
I work with a couple of people who have iPhones. Man alive, they are the most tedious people to talk to about it. In their eyes, Apple can do NO wrong. Again, they will not accept that there is anything else out there, that could be as good, or better.
My argument will ALWAYS be that it is better to have fewer toys, and play in the big wide world, than it is to have loads of toys, but stay in your walled garden.
Look at children, for instance. Those that are brought up with a well-rounded view of the world, and the ability to make their own decisions are generally better to know. Those that have spent their formative years cosseted by their parents (walled garden, if you like) are always the arrogant, self-centred ones.
***JUST MY OPINION....NEG REP IF YOU MUST!***
I use an iPhone3GS that was supplied by my employer..
I like it..
However, I would not BUY one.
Why? Well to put it simply - its way overpriced for what it does..
The same is true with the iPads - Hell you can buy a laptop or whole PC or 2, or even a new car!! for the same price of the iPad
SMT here are all swanning around with them (and have probably upset most of the staff in the process since they are being told their budgets are getting cut..)
If Apple made an iCar - would they come without wheels and need to buy a special adapter to use it?
Just my 2p - negrep if you like..
I love all the Anti-Apple comments in here. Just shows the out-of-depth knowledge and closed-mindedness of those people (or any sort of jealousy with Apple kit being premium devices). I personally won't fight with their opinions, because the fact it's their opinion. I'll quite happily try and change or show a different perspective. I admit there a few that will use Apple as a coat of being able to show-off, but don't tarnish all Apple users with the same brush. It amazes me the one person we have that's like that (who's from Marketing) won't stop going on about, but doesn't actually own any Mac devices apart from an iPhone. When she discovered I had a MacBook Pro (which was used to record a choir using Logic - she was involved in this), she put on a fake surprise that I'd bought it just because I was a AppleBoi. No. I chose to buy one because I'd preferred the Mac OS X interface for my day-to-day needs (after I'd had the chance to configure them in our new IT suite), they much more cleverly engineered and are worth value for money if you use laptops all the time. I made a technical choice rather than a fashion one.
Back on topic. Apple will now always be ahead with a version of the iPad product after being the first to start off the tablet trend again. It was quite amusing that Steve pointed out all the copycats and personally, I think most of them are. Same basic design, same basic UI and same basic software infrastructure. I think there's a lot of snobbery going on when someone has a negative opinion which is extremely harsh. I think those people haven't used one. I was in the "bigger iPhone" camp until I played with one in the shop. As they rightly said in one of the promo videos, you have to use one to understand it. The new iPad is a stop gap to get the design/tech specs one step ahead knowing all the vaporware (Motorola, Blackberry, HP) alternatives have spoken their voice about the next tablet they have to offer, but haven't released them yet. Pointless IMHO.
On first impressions, I'm impressed about how they've reduced the size and the cleverness of the new smart cover (people will think this is pointless until you've owned a first edition iPad - ALL the covers add unnecessary weight and bulk). I'm not keen on the shape of the rear, but I guess my opinion will be distorted until I use one. However, my original iPad won't get replaced until the 3rd one appears (that's if iOS 5 is compromised on the first version iPad).
As I've always said, don't judge a book by its cover .
New refurbished iPad 1 at £289? Who says they're too expensive?
Last edited by Tunster; 4th March 2011 at 12:51 PM.
Netman (4th March 2011)
Never has a product produced so much ranting from either side of the Apple divide
Don't try to quote refurb prices for a product, as that is not the normal price people pay!
And things missing from the iPhone - 8MP+ camera, Flash support, (dare I say it) porn (for those that want it, which will be a few), user changeable battery, user expandable memory, ability to get apps on it without going via Apple's store or having to hack it. There are many more.
Gatt (4th March 2011)
HTC/Nexus Phone, DELL laptop, Acer PC, Apple Ipad
Big fan of all of the above, for their own merits....just wounded I bought the iPad (Or iFad as several Archos 7 owners have called it) before the price drop this week
ho hum.. My experience shows that on the informal 'friday night couch sessions' the ipad is the weapon of choice for passing around daft websites and videos of people falling over.
What more of a reason can there be to own one?
People get distorted at MegaPixels, phones don't need 8MP - they need better CCDs. The iP4's 5MP is good enough for me. Flash - leave that to desktops/laptops which can take advantage of that tech. Changable Battery/Expandable Memory - personally, batteries don't bother me. isn't 16GB/32GB enough though? Proper techies can't enough with slower SDHC cards I suppose. App's? You can make apps and use them without using the store. I admit that's more for corporate use, but why would you want instability with external apps outside of the store and possibly posing security risks when it doesn't go through checking? Just questions in counter-argument. Not saying you're wrong, but it's a phone (calls/texts/e-mail's matter to me) and extras do better than all the phones I've owned in the past or seen. I'll admit I didn't like the iPhone 3GS/3G/Original.And things missing from the iPhone - 8MP+ camera, Flash support, (dare I say it) porn (for those that want it, which will be a few), user changeable battery, user expandable memory, ability to get apps on it without going via Apple's store or having to hack it. There are many more.
On the price point - it's a balance. You pay more for the engineering or you pay less for a possibly better spec'd product but isn't packaged very well. Day to day use, the extra premium is worth it.
CPLTD (4th March 2011)
I can understand the appeal of Apple products - get them out of the box and they "just work". But that's not enough for me (or most techies, I'd imagine). When something doesn't work as I'd like it to, I want to change it; with Apple products, you just can't. They are so restrictive in the way their products are used, it's suffocating! There are pros and cons to both ways - Android for instance has just been hit by it's first lot of malware, thanks to the open market. But the open market also means that there are no limits (other than the hardware) to what apps can be released on to the platform - which I like!
For a non-tech minded person, by all means go for Apple (if you can afford it!), but I'd never recommend an Apple product to a techie (with the exception of iPods - I do really like the iPod, even if it IS over priced!)
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