About two months ago, I went from slowly tipping my toes into the edges of a pool to jumping in – a full on giant-splashing cannon ball. I got an iPhone. A few B-sides posts ago I shared how I finally purchased a Mac, that after years of being cheap and angry, I wrote the big check and started closing Word tabs from the left. Now, just a few months later, I bought my second Apple product and became a card-carrying member.
It wasn’t some revelation that made me betray my former PC ways. I was never for either side – Macs and PCs just floated through my life idly and unaware. I was just too cheap to justify buying Apple products. But, once electronics became my livelihood (I spend roughly 7 hours a day on the computer), I gave Macs a second look.
Then, once it was time to give up my two-year stint with a phone that had clicking buttons and no internet access, buying a phone of the same brand just made sense. Rather than having to mix and match PC brands or products, I ordered my iPhone knowing it was not only compatible with my constant sidekick (my MacBook Pro), but that they were made for each other. They automatically sync. My iTunes (both music and work-related apps) takes care of itself. The chargers don’t have to be checked for compatibility. And in an extremely petty comparison, their cords are color-coded for easy locating.
For someone who spends a ridiculous amount of time staring at a computer screen, I am limited in the ways of fixing one when it goes wrong. Has my Mac broken? Yes. But in comparison to my former PCs (may they be rotting in wherever computers go to die), they’re still winning by a landslide. When my computer does have an issue, I call my 16-year-old brother – who could be fan club chapter president of Apple, Inc. – to fix it. His longest diagnosis? Roughly 30 minutes. When he was on-call for my PCs, he’d restore them twice per week. (All the while encouraging me to get a Mac.)
As far as my on-going goal to save as much money as possible, going Mac was much cheaper than I thought it would be. Thanks to my obsession with Amazon, I bought my computer, brand new, for $400 cheaper than sticker price. And my iPhone? I got a $50 online discount. Just by shopping around, I was able to save money while simultaneously cutting down the probability the equipment will break.
After years of using a PC, years of fixing PCs, it simply became too much of a hassle. Standing up for the PC felt a lot like giving money to a drug addict. “This is the last time I’ll let you down,” they constantly told me. Then two days later my computer was loaded and asking for a more permanent fix.
So, as it turns out, I guess I’m kind of a Mac. While I still don’t consider myself to be a die-hard Mac-buyer, it’s hard to argue with the fact that I spend most of my time looking directly into the face of Apple. Because, if it came down to it, recess fight style, I’d stand boldly behind Apple, cheering loudly for him to kick PC in the face.
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