Originally Posted by al_bundy
like my wife's iphone and will probably get one this year for myself, but mac's are overpriced
it's not like the old days when computers cost a lot of money and you bought one to last. technology moves fast, computers are cheap, cell phones are cheap and it makes sense to buy something cheaper and dump it in 2-3 years and buy the new thing that's out.
most people don't care that an imac has a better quality LCD than a Dell and that you have to upgrade the LCD on the Dell to get the same one. most people will never notice the difference
I must disagree. Yes, even Apple has said that they expect the average user to use their computers for around 3 years, but to be honest with you, I am a big Apple fan but disagree completely with this idea. I am not extreme in my frugality, but I do tend to run my computers into the ground.
I am currently typing on an iBook G4 that is 5 years old. This replaced an iMac G3 that is almost 10 years old and which is now being used as our "kidputer." In another year or two we will likely replace this iBook with an iMac and will transition this laptop to the "kidputer, " although I have every reason to suspect that the iMac G3 will serve as a great kidputer for another 5+ years.
Point is that although many things (printers, some DVD players, some phones, etc.) are becoming "disposable," as you say, I do not believe that the same goes for a computer, which is meant to be a tool, and when running software that fills a need can still fill that need years and years later if the need does not change.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.