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Side By Side
tekochip   9/25/2012 10:16:38 AM
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My wife has an iPad and I have an Android tablet.  Side by side the Apple looks sleeker, and  has a much better display.  Without question, the Apple packaging and appearance is superior to anything else on the market, but that is where Apple has always put most of their engineering effort.  I'm tempted to bash the Apple for all the problems we've had with the tablet, but I know that there are followers so loyal that their allegiance borders on religion.  We found that the Android tablet is far easier to use and much less restrictive when adding new software or features.  All and all, the Android was less quirky, with fewer, "what the heck is it doing?", and "how do I do this?"
 
The new tablets are great, but I really miss my little Toshiba Pocket PC.  The size, power, and feature set was really perfect.  I wish that platform had been expanded.


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Re: Serious competitor
Beth Stackpole   9/26/2012 7:07:04 AM
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@Nancy: Agreed that Apple has great marketing, but so do a lot of companies and then again, there's a lot of great brands that don't have the same follow-through in terms of blue-chip marketing. I think the bottom line with the devotion to Apple products is the overall user experience when using the technology. It's seamless, it's effortless, and to me, it can't be beat. While many technology products are indeed commodities and thus trapped in the price play,  Apple gear provides a wholly different experience and it's not just about feel-good or feel-proud commercials. (That, of course, IMHO)

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Re: Serious competitor
Nancy Golden   9/26/2012 12:18:03 PM
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You know, Beth, you make some really valid points and it makes me want to go out and try Apple products. When I reflect back on my technology choices, I think it amounts to "dancing with the one that brung you" in that I started out with PCs and as a poor student I could never really afford to go with the more expensive stuff. In Dallas we had what was known as the first Saturday sidewalk sale in downtown and we would get up at the crack of dawn to get the best deals. I bought my first 286 motherboard for $75 there and built my own computer. That was just not being done with Mac boards back then so my natural inclination has always been towards PCs. Macs have such a great following and I have always heard how superior they are especially regarding graphics applications but I just never needed that much power in those areas. Also, it just seemed to me that back in the day there was a lot more software being coded for PCs. Of course all of that has changed but I am still stuck in that old mindset...or at least my pocketbook is. I completely agree with you and have always been a fan of paying more for a quality product but I am also a fan of simplicity and have just not needed to make any changes - I still prefer the feel of a real book in my hands rather than an E-book. Maybe when this lap top dies I'll take another look... 

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Re: Serious competitor
Beth Stackpole   9/27/2012 7:09:08 AM
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@Nancy: Nancy, you raise some valid points as well about pricing and particularly about the software available for the Mac. In earlier days, there was a lack of real business software for the Mac, especially as it pertains to serious engineering tools--CAD and CAE, for example. I think some of that has changed--there are versions of Autodesk tools for the Mac and obviously the slew of new design tool apps are optimized for Apple's iOS mobile platform. Yet there isn't the same deep pool of tried and true engineering software for the Apple platform so that would definitely be a game changer for using the Mac as a professional engineering workstation, despite its killer graphics capabilities. Still, I'd cajole you into taking a new model for a test drive when it's time to buy your next computer!

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Re: Side By Side
ttemple   9/27/2012 7:56:24 AM
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Tek,

Thanks for some "side by side" comparison insight.  I find that much more helpful (and believable) than a lot of what I read about apple.

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Re: Serious competitor
Nancy Golden   9/27/2012 10:29:18 AM
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The more I think about it Beth, the more intrigued I am by such brand loyalty to Apple - I will definitely give one a test drive when it's time to make another technology purchase. My boys are always bragging on the Macs they get to use in their media arts classes at school.

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Re: Side By Side
Mydesign   9/28/2012 3:25:44 AM
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Tekochip, if you are comparing the price also Apple is superior. For Apple, the user has only limited choices in selection, but if we are opting for any Android based tablets, the choices are wide open from different companies with different features and functionalities. The prices are also too less and in most of the cases, that’s too half of an IPad.

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Re: Serious competitor
ttemple   9/28/2012 8:23:41 AM
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Nancy,

I watched my wife's iphone fly across the room this morning because it wasn't doing something that it was supposed to do.  I can report first hand that they fly very well too.

 

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Re: Serious competitor
Nancy Golden   9/28/2012 9:12:45 AM
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My Sprint Rumor flies too, ttemple - I think that is an inherent characteristic to the general design and not brand sensitive...

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Re: Side By Side
tekochip   9/28/2012 10:05:04 AM
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The company has a loyal following and when you have that level of devotion the consumers diminish the disadvantages and magnify the advantages.  As an example; I watched my sister, a very loyal Apple fan, spend over an hour reloading the Operating System back into her phone because she needed the latest version.  A feature had stopped working when Apple upgraded iTunes, and now she couldn't access features that were in the cloud. 

My son had an iPod and eventually switched to a Creative device because of all issues with iTunes and syncing.  My son has a very extensive music library of around 60Meg, and the constant library corruption was costing him hours of use in re-syncing with iTunes.  In contrast, Creative has a simple drag and drop interface which doesn't require the cloud to listen to a CD that you already own, and the library never became corrupted.

 Certainly, another issue is iTunes itself. Everything runs through iTunes, even if you don't want to download music you MUST have an iTunes or Apple Store account to run the device.  I find this Big Brother philosophy rather ironic since Apple was famous for their 1984 commercial depicting a group of cult followers mindlessly following a leader until someone shatters the video image with a hammer.  Apple tells people in their advertising that owning an Apple product expounds creativity and personal freedom, but the truth is that owning an Apple product forces the user to register every aspect of product use through Apple's corporation. 

Apple is much like religion and politics, so I really don't intend to sound harsh or injure the party loyal.  As an Engineer, an Apple product is just a black box and there are very many black boxes to chose from.

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