Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Nov 2010 23:49 UTC
Apple Now this is interesting. My brand-new MacBook Air 11.6" is at my local Apple retailer because either the SATA part of the logic board or the SSD died mysteriously, and here we have Apple blocking PhotoFast from selling their faster, more spacious replacement drives.
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Are Apple products really worth this?
by cmost on Wed 1st Dec 2010 00:13 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

I'm not an Apple user nor do I own any Apple products, however, based on the number of news items like this one lately, I can't help but wonder why anyone would want to "own" (I use the term loosely) a product from a company that obviously believes it can exert total control over that product and how the consumer uses it long after it's left the Apple store? I mean, come on! I think Apple products are cool and sleek but I refuse to let my hardware supplier tell me what I can and cannot do with MY hardware after I've paid good money for it. Is Steve Jobs Tony Soprano? Even Balmer isn't this bad.

Edited 2010-12-01 00:13 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes but... Have you SEEN the new Macbook Air 11.6"?

It's the laptop equivalent of a kitten.

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coreyography Member since:
2009-03-06

Funny...I'm allergic to cats. I never would have imagined this had any connection to why I don't own any Apple products ;)

Edited 2010-12-01 01:16 UTC

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Some people need 2 or 3 sips of the Kool-Aid before it starts to make sense. Drink up!!

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I can't help but wonder why anyone would want to "own" (I use the term loosely) a product from a company that obviously believes it can exert total control over that product and how the consumer uses it long after it's left the Apple store?


Well, Apple products are like chicks... it's amazing the amount of shit you will put up with, as long as they're hot ;)

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mkools Member since:
2005-10-11

I know it's just a joke, but it amazes me that people start comparing Apple products with girls now, little bit scary if you'd ask me.

Anyway, I don't see the point of the Macbook Air. I mean if you buy an Apple desktop because it fits good into your interior I still don't get that but I can imagine it a little bit.

But a Macbook air 'netbook', I've seen it in the Apple store starting at $999,-. Ok it looks nice but it's in your laptop bag most of the times anyway. Why would the design of a laptop even matter? It's what you can do with it, it's all about productivity.

Anyway, I went to the Sony store and bought a Vaio for $399, saving myself $600!

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Thats one of the best analogies I have seen for Apple products... Really. Just to pile on...

Top 10 Ways Apple Products are like Hot Women

10. If you don't pay enough attention to them they start to act weird.
9. The more accessories they have the better they look.
8. No matter how much trouble they give you, you can't help but love them anyway.
7. Men tend to stare at them a lot when they see another man with one.
6. If you treat them really good they tend to stay sexy longer.
5. They ain't cheap.
4. A newer better version of them comes along just when you get tired of the last one (but they are better than woman in this respect because you natural inclination to kick the old one to the curb is actually encouraged).
3. A single one is ok... but they are REALLY great if you get 2 or 3 of them together at the same time.
2. About once a month during routine updates they tend to go nuts.

and....

1. They can be bitchy as hell if you don't do things just they way they like them done. But if you do things just so they are GREAT.

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BeamishBoy Member since:
2010-10-27

It's not just the commercial model that prevents me from buying Apple products any more. It's precisely the problem Thom has pointed out.

In the past seven years I've owned five Apple computers (two desktops and three laptops). Every single one of them has had a serious hardware failure within eighteen months of purchase. The graphics card died on one of the desktops a month after I got it and the logic boards failed on the other four.

Perhaps I'm just an outlier but my experience of Apple hardware is that it's universally rubbish. I love the software, particularly the OS, but as long as I have to run that OS on their own hardware, I'll never purchase anything from Apple again.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Agreed.

It's like Heather Graham, basically. She can be riddled with STDs and I'd still do her.

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

This is why I turn beet red whenever I hear "rated highest in customer satisfaction".
So was Ronald Reagan, for a period of time.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

It's a myth that they lead in reliability and use the best parts available. I went over this issue in detail:
http://www.binplay.com/2010/09/reason-5-why-i-will-not-buy-macbook-...

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