Product Type: Apple in Misc Systems
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An Apple a Day...
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Advantages: Efficient, easy to use, reliable
Disadvantages: Various minor issues with products over the years
If someone asked me "are you a Mac or a PC?", I would answer "Mac" without hesitation. The first Apple Macintosh computer was introduced in 1984, and since that time the brand has slowly and steadily increased in popularity. I personally appreciate Apple because they are innovators, yet also keen to produce products which are aesthetically pleasing. Of course, Apple don't just make great computers - they have also provided the world with a range of great accessories - anyone heard of the iPod? or the iPhone?
I first bought a Mac in 1999 (although I had 'borrowed one' for an extended period prior to this date) - it was an iMac DV (400ghz with a 10gb hard drive), and it was brilliant. The deep-backed transparent CRT screen (which was the trademark of the early iMac models) also functioned as what would be the 'tower' on a standard PC, and housed the brains of the unit. It looked incredibly space age and very cool - a definite design icon. The computer was a breath of fresh air, and made computing fun again - compared to my previous PC, it was just so much more efficient - running programs with ease and not crashing every hour or so! From this moment onwards I was hooked on the Apple brand, and have only bought Macs ever since.
At the time, Apple Mac's were considered slightly quirky - fun to own, but not especially well catered for in terms of software. In reality, the computer was incredibly functional, running Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Director (the only software that I really used during my University course) miles faster than the old PC did. Similarly, the Mac was pretty much immune to computer viruses - no one really engineered any sort of malicious threat due to the fact that the majority of computer owners used PCs. Today, this still remains the case, and an Apple is undoubtedly a 'safer' computer to own.
When my loyal iMac finally gave up the ghost, I went on to an Apple Laptop - a 12" aluminium Powerbook which was built to last. This was at the time when Apple had launched their revolutionary OSX - the world's most powerful operating system which has had elements consistently 'borrowed' from it by Microsoft in its 'XP' and 'Vista' releases. I've currently got two Apples - an excellent desktop iMac, and a white Powerbook laptop - both have performed beautifully over the years. Nowadays, using a PC feels alien to me, and everything seems to be in the wrong place. If i'm forced to work on a PC, it will take me a long time, due to the fact that I'm so used to a Mac's interface.
The way in which PCs are advertised reminds me once more why I prefer the Apple brand - the annoying "I'm a PC" ads of a year or two ago, actually had the effect of making me want to go out and buy another Mac. Microsoft's most recent ads 'Seven Second Demos' are just really annoying. By comparison, Apple have provided the world with some excellent commercials over the years - check out this retro George Orwell inspired piece from 1984 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8 - not especially groundbreaking by today's standards, but at the time it was pretty unique.
As you can probably tell, I'm quick to defend the Apple brand - but that's not to say that Macs aren't without fault - in fact there have been a few issues with my computers over the years that have needed addressing. My current Macbook is beginning to get a bit slow, and the plastic casing round the edges is starting to crack - but with a Mac it all seems like character, whereas with a PC it would be classed as an annoyance. At the end of the day, buying a computer is a personal choice - and Apple will be my choice for the foreseeable future.
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