Very recently my ability to give sound tech purchase advice was called into question by a friend of mine. I believe her argument was: “Don’t listen to him! He just hates everything to do with Apple!” Even though I can understand how she came to that conclusion hearing some of my advice out of context, I think it’s a tad unfair to me to state that I hate Apple only for the sake of hating them.
Just because I don’t automatically suggest a Macbook, iPhone, iPod, or iPad when someone asks me for help picking out a laptop, phone, mp3 player, or tablet doesn’t mean I am necessarily biased or disparaging of Apple and their products. I always strive to give advice based on reviews and side-by-side comparisons, along with the person’s needs, taste, and budget. I know that sounds like a bad Best Buy commercial, but it is in actuality what my process is for helping someone with a tech purchase. Most recently I had a friend, let’s call her Alice, ask me to help her find a replacement laptop for the one that quite on her after four years. Currently Alice is working her way through medical school, and like most med school students, she is living off of loans and credit. So she needed something economical that would let her use office, store photos and music, and surf the web. I would venture to say that any rational person who saw the word
Adobe economical in that last sentence would instantly rule out an Apple, as did I, and eventually she ended up with a nice HP for a very reasonable price that far outmatched the entry level Macbook.
I will admit that there are times where I can be found to be biased against Apple products, when I am discussing said products with a dreaded Fanboy(person). This behavior might be childish on my part, but damn is it ever hilarious. Of course this is not just limited to Apple Fanboys, video game system Fanboys are just as bad, but thankfully only really brush off the Cheetos dust and come out if their lairs around launch times of new consoles. So of course my inclination to antagonize these people has often enough led people to believe I hate Apple, regardless of the fact that I own a Macbook Pro and a Mac Mini.
To Apple’s credit though they are incredibly apt at marketing and creating a culture that cultivates and encourages these Fanboys, which is great for their profitability. Even my friend Alice needed some convincing to not get a Macbook. Her reason for wanting one? They are a status symbol, they are cool, pretty much she wanted one so she could tell people she had one. It didn’t matter if she could actually afford it or not!
My last confession involving my bias against Apple is my vehement dislike for iTunes. I would go as far to say that I hate iTunes, and it will be a cold day in hell before I ever enthusiastically recommend a product that requires it…