Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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That's it! I think Apple do a fantastic job of polishing their products and providing a better experience due to it. It's not anything truly groundbreaking, but it is development and integration you simply don't see anywhere else in the industry. I can see why Apple are suing left, right and centre, but I don't think it's right. If something is a blatant rip-off, then yes, but they're not really. They're similar, but the user experience is different. The competitors seem to be lacking some of the Apple polish, and that being the case, let them. Let people decide between the cheaper tablet with some extra features but a sightly more disjointed experience, or pay extra for the more robust experience and the shininess.

The analogy that springs to mind is pens (since I have one in my hand) - I have a rather nice Cross pen which is lovely to write with, looks the part and is reliable. However the pen in my hand right now is a 20 cent Bic biro which feels cheap, doesn't write as well, but gets the job done just fine. There's space in the market for both, and people will always buy both for various reasons, be it snobbery, appreciation of that extra polish, financial considerations or whatever.

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