Why did you choose an Apple computer?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Personaly I "need" it for Graphic Design - I dont want to start a huge PC vs Mac debate... but I am interested to know why other people buy them as I would not have brought it otherwise because I think their price is too expensive (as nice as they are and all).


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    me, to write music

    my family, to avoid viruses and to stop asking me how to fix the pc
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    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    Reliability, looks, stability, intuition, Photoshop, bragging rights... Also, I don't like to use Windows and don't want to support the direction they are headed. (MS's DRM)

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    Our (the family) first computer was an amiga. Then a Macintosh LC which was handing down to me. My dad handed every computer he had down to me when he got a new one and they where all Macs. When I finially bought my own computer I was NOT about to get PC, So here I sit on my dual 533 with 1GB of RAM and a 19inch (flat) and 17 inch monitor. I will be paying this for the rest of my life. Maybe I should have got a PC huh?
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    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    First computer in my household was an Apple ][ GS. My dad convinced my mom we should have one because computer were starting to get more and more popular and he likes to stay up to date with technology, so we got one...I really don't think he even had a use for it. After that since my mom was in the field of desktop publishing and stuff the PowerMac 6115CD was the next choice so she could work at home. Then my oldest brother convinced them to get a StarMax 4000/200, an awesome computer I will say! Since then we've either used that or one of my two brothers computers they got for college when they are home. Recently I bought myself (thanks to a summers earnings) an AlBook 15".

    Ok history/why

    But the reason I bought a mac is simple. I loathe windows. I've never used an OS other then Mac OS then I've liked except maybe for some breeds of linux. But once OS X hit, nothing could even come close.
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    I like the PPC arch.

    My dad does graphic design... it puts the food on the table.
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    lainlain Posts: 140member

    Originally posted by Mount_my_floppy

    Our (the family) first computer was an amiga...

    oh, yes, shame Commodore went bust, I think that had they continued on, they would have had a loyal community of customers similar to Apple.
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    kelibkelib Posts: 740member
    The Mac was just so much more solid than the IBM clone I had access to. The keyboard, everything. I had the choice of IIsi and Hyundai 386 16MHZ and everything about the Mac made sense. I ended up with the Mac and there's been no looking back
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    cosmocosmo Posts: 662member
    I've used macs all my life (first one was the family's LC)

    I hate windows, can't stand using it. Feel so out of place when i'm in windows, with a mac i feel at home.

    I'm also in a multimedia program at school, so macs are used for a lot of stuff.

    overall it came down to what i'm comfortable with though.
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    the way i decided was: i pulled out my trusty eightball, did a line, shook it up, and said "hey! eightball, should i get a computer?" the eight ball said, "yes. and it should be an apple." this, of course, made no sense, as i didn't then associate the term "apple" with "computer company". i was also wondering what was in that coke, because 8balls don't usually talk. now, stricken by hunger since the 8ball poisoned my mind with ideas of fruit, i walked confusedly to th' store, and asked the grocer for an apple. he rubbed a quadra 605 on his shirt, then tossed it to me. i went home hungry. i later discovered that it wasn't an eightball afterall. turns out i was just tripping on mescaline.
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    me? cause it looks good, is light, and I can start huge debates over it

    Besides, we all know the motto. Apple- Asian Abercrombie
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    lainlain Posts: 140member

    Originally posted by Ichiban_jay

    me? cause it looks good, is light, and I can start huge debates over it

    LOL... when I went to pick up my G5 I was worried that somebody would try to steal it from me (on the way to my car) and run away with it ... but when I picked the box up I realised that that happening would be quite an unlikely event...
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    nofeernofeer Posts: 2,422member
    think different

    live different

    OS different

    Mac for life and is elegant

    windows confusing and wastes my time

    my first computer was a mac in 84 always excellent, reliable, and best design. never dissapointed with a mac. windows problems since day one.

    a computer is a tool, if you spend more time maintaining the tool it loses it's usefullness

    just because everyone has a tool doen't make it good, it's now just a commodity, also supporting windows supports mediocrity

    no innovation the spark of technology helping people is lost to cheap and common
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    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    Because I needed a computer that was as cool as I am.

    But seriously, it's all touched on above: the field I was in probably being THE biggest factor, at first. I didn't know, all I knew is that our school had Macs in its graphics/DTP lab and my first job upon moving to California was typesetting office forms...and they had a Mac. Who was I to go against the grain and try to get cute?

    It never really crossed my mind that there was anything else, honestly.

    Now, nearly 11 years later, I love them for all the reasons mentioned above. It just feels right. I use it, it doesn't use me. They're gorgeous. The OS is simply better (particularly X and ESPECIALLY Panther!). There's an undeniable aura attached to being "one of those Mac people"...anyone can own a $600 piece-of-crap PC running some Windows variant. I like the "whole widget" aspect of it all: the OS, the hardware and much of the software I use EVERY DAY all under the roof of one company. That's unique and the benefits show every time I sit down at one.

    You can't beat that with any amount of GHz, MHz, bus speed or graphic card, I'm sorry. You just can't.

    Even now, knowing what I know, if I weren't working in this particular field I'm in, I'd STILL buy and own Macs for my computer needs. Especially these days: OS X, the iApps, the sexy hardware, the "it just works" aspect of it all, etc.

    I can't imagine myself using anything else, really. I wouldn't even want to. I'm 100% biased, and proud of it, and I would not budge from this choice. Ever.

    Yeah, it's "just a tool", some might say. But holy crap, what a freakin' awesome tool it is! Everyone should be so lucky as to own one.

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    cause i am an elitist asshole.
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    . . . for the sheer JOY of using a computer/OS whose designers THOUGHT about it.

    I just can't stand the feeling I get using PCs/Windows that if only they had given some thought to what they were doing, then using them wouldn't be such a frustrating experience. I always feel like they were designed to make life easier for the designers, instead of making life easier for me.

    I used to say that if I wanted ease of use, I'd use a Mac; if I wanted power, I'd use unix; and if I wanted neither, I'd use Windows. Now, with OS X I don't even have to choose between power and ease of use: it's all in one handy package! I still miss some features of OS/2's WPS, and the snappyness of BeOS's interface, but Apple's making progress on both those counts. Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, the Mac is where the real action is in innovating the computing user-experience; I always like to be where the action is.
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    and its amazingly simple interface. Even my mom got the hang of how to use iTunes on Windows. Now she says the next computer for the family will be a Mac
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    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    I wanted something that works, that I don't have to worry about viruses and crap, something that's stable, robust, and powerful. Something that I can develop to my heart's content on, and do serious work with.

    I'm finishing my dissertation in computer science (software engineering - theory and tools), and several side projects in UI and realtime imaging simply were not possible on Windows or Linux... but on MacOS X, they were simple.

    The stability, power, ease of use and development tools were my reasons.
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    too many reasons to list.

    ultimately, they do everything I need to do, really well, Apple provides so many "whole widget" things, like the backlight keyboard, bluetooth, and firewire 800, really makes it worth it, they look great doing what they do, and I don't need to worry about virii or crazy random system errors all the time.
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    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    I have a number of reasons:

    The hardware's better. What I mean by that is that it all works seamlessly together, it's more thoughtfully designed, it's more reliable. I don't demand all that much in the way of performance, and the fact that I can just set a Mac up and expect it to work from that point on is something I cherish. Especially after years of banging on Dells at work.

    The operating system's better. This was true even with OS 9, which was a pleasure to use as long as you didn't push it the wrong way, and it's 10 times as true for OS X. It's thoughtful (that word again!), elegant, powerful, stable, and generally worry free. And it has a real command line to go with its best-in-class GUI. The Dock's "if you want it, click it" paradigm rules. There are patches, but not the deluge that makes Windows such an adventure. I'm anticipating a pleasant upgrade to Panther.

    The software's better. This is not true in every conceivable category, of course, but it's true often enough, especially for what I need. Also, since menus and commands and UI are all more consistent on the Mac, all software is just that crucial little bit more easy to use. The more you multitask (and I frequently have a dozen applications running at once) the more grateful I am for this consistency. (This is not to say that everything is absolutely consistent, but that OS X is more consistent.)

    All told, it's worth the extra expense to me. The same people who complain to me that Macs are too expensive also complain that their stuff is broken one way or another on a regular basis, and I just don't understand that. I'd go nuts if I couldn't leave troubleshooting mode behind at work. I'll cheerfully pay a little more to have something that makes my computing experience consistent and pleasant. There's a lot to be said for a tool that lets me concentrate on the work I want to do with it, rather than a tool that is constantly drawing attention to itself. I can use either, and in fact I use both on a daily basis, but I use the latter because I have to, and the former because I want to.
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    satchmosatchmo Posts: 2,699member
    I played with MacPaint's airbrush, the finder's trash can animation and I was hooked.
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