Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Oct 2009 21:43 UTC
Apple It's getting a little bit predictable, but Apple has reported yet another stellar set of quarterly financial results. The company has sold more Macs and iPhones than the same quarter last year, but sales of the iPod were down compared to the same quarter last year. Profits and gross-margins were also up.
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RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash
by moondevil on Tue 20th Oct 2009 08:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash"
moondevil
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2005-07-08

Here in Europe, if you compare OEM prices with Apple ones, you might end up paying around 800€ more for the Apple hardware.

It is true that their build quality and service is better than most PC OEMs, but most people don't give a damn about it.

For example, consider this Sony Vaio, HD ready with 1 GB graphics card and blue ray reader/writer for around 1600€.

http://www.sony.de/product/vn-fw-series/vgn-fw41zj-h

Now check which Mac Book Pro you might get for that price and which hardware it brings.

http://store.apple.com/de/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro?m...

Sure you will get more battery with the Mac and the MacOS X.

For many europeans the "power" of the hardware we can get is more important than the OEM service, because in the end we always have a computer friend to sort out problems.

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RE[4]: Comment by Tony Swash
by darknexus on Tue 20th Oct 2009 13:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Sure, if you leave out the rather questionable build quality of Sony machines, the crapware one has to remove (Sony is particularly bad with crapware) and some of the worst tech support around. I won't claim Apple hardware doesn't have issues, it does as can all hardware. The user experience as well as the tech support experience is certainly better than Sony though. It's a gamble you take with anything you buy, sometimes in the end you end up paying more for a cheaper product, and sometimes the higher priced product turns out defective. In other words, price doesn't mean jack when it comes to quality.

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