You know what, I love Macs. I have used them since the early 90s, and work with them every day and use them every night.
iPhones too. I aspired to own an iPhone but couldn't justify one until last year, when I finally got myself an iPhone 4.
I even convinced my brother to dump his Galaxy S2 and get a 4s when it came out, and entiher of us are unhappy with that choice.
I own an iPad, and have extolled its virtues to anyone who will listen, and use it for virtually anything that doesnt need a big screen to do. My 5 year old iMac 24" survived a couple of years longer as a result of me not needing it so much for general internet browsing as a result of this!
It does, however, make me unconfortable to read all these negative headlines in the general press about Apple and their litigiousness of late.
While I support their need to protect their uniqueness, and cant understand how anybody else cant see that Samsung quite clearly are using Apple as their template for success in the smartphone business, I do feel that there is, at least in the technology industry, and amongst more tech savvy consumers, an image of 'Apple is Evil'.
I know that they arent trying to dominate the market by patent litigation, and are quite happy to see other scompeting on a fair and even playing feild, but right now I feel Samsung has the mindshare.
The oft repeated "Patenting rounded rectangles'" keeps being thrown up in discussions, despite it never actually being about that. Or the "They dont want any competition" argument, which holds no ground to anyone who actually followed the case with any degree of open mindedness.
That said, I sit here contemplating my next computer and Smartphone purchase.
Samsung have, in my eyes, designed some extremely tempting products. The Galaxy Note 2 in particular has me salivating at the prospects of having a mini tablet that does everything I want and more.
As for my computer, I can no longer justify the Apple Premium, and instead am looking to buy a Windows machine instead.
I come to this forum to see a multitude of people polarized on either side. Why cant anyone ever be in the middle gorund?