Just call me Eve

Posted by redsaid
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on Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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At the risk of alienating a lot of geeks, I have a confession to make: I used to believe that Brand Apple was too hyped up. I'm even more embarrassed to admit that this viewpoint was completely unmerited. Like many other, equally ignorant Apple critics, I had never even touched an iPod Touch, let alone owned that or any other Apple device. 

Yes, I agreed that the company's products have always been easy on the eyes. I was even persuaded that it made sense for professionals in design and photography to use Macs. 

From where I had been firmly ensconced behind Windows (often uncomfortably so, but never mind), I booed and hissed, mocking Apple fans from a distance and calling them cultish for buying into the hype. Of course, they were far too busy rocking out to their iPods and staring lovingly at the brilliant displays on their Macs to even notice the jealous whingeing going on around them. I've since choked on my uninformed opinion.

Just like Eve, I too have been seduced into taking a bite out of the - if not forbidden, exactly, very expensive - fruit. And oh my, has it been ever as sweet as its wholesome namesake!   My temptation happened gradually. It took me becoming a technology blogger first to remove the peels from my eyes. Time after time, I noticed how the reviews of most new Apple devices were almost always as glowing as the logo on a Macbook's lid.

Then I began to flaunt my crush at every opportunity by lovingly stroking the Macbook Pros on display at the store. I listened to a few songs on my sister's iPod and suddenly, my vintage Creative Zen didn't sound up to snuff anymore. But Apple remained out of my reach due to budgetary constraints. So the Zen had to suffice for a while longer (at least I figured out that a bulky and heavy old mp3 player can pull double duty as a music provider AND a muscle building arm weight during workout sessions!).

Last year, during a trip to Taiwan, I finally became the proud owner of my very first Apple device when I bought an iPod Touch. The purchase was wholly justified. Back at home in South Africa, the Zen had finally given up the ghost (in the process killing my own zen-like feelings for it), so I was going to invest in a new mp3 player anyway. I was not necessarily planning on taking a bite out of Apple yet, but then my newly purchased digital point and shoot promptly gave out on me too, right in the middle of a snapshot worthy sunset in Danshui.

MyDL editor and fellow blogger Charmed, who had travelled to Taiwan with me, convinced me (quite easily) to go for the Touch, due to it's built-in front and rear camera.  I have not regretted making that investment for a second. Apart from becoming my primary camera during my trip, I took advantage of the free and fast WiFi in Taiwan to download loads of cool apps.

When my sister bought herself a Kindle, I turned green with envy until I figured out that I could actually read eBooks on my Touch too, courtesy of the nifty Kindle app. 

A while ago, as I was chatting to my brother-in law about his Kindle, I smugly told him about reading on my iPod. "What? No!" he said, sounding most incredulous and distressed. "You can't possibly read on a small screen like that! It must be far too terrible!" I assured him that it was fine, that I actually enjoyed reading that way, but he remained unconvinced.

Forward to this past Friday night when my sister came for a visit, bearing a spectacular gift for me from the aforementioned bro-in-law.

I'll give you a clue: I'm typing on it right now!  Oh, all right, calm down already: I'll tell you! I have just become the proud and more spoilt-than-a-rotten-Apple owner of an iPad!!!!!! It is the previous generation, 64 GB, WiFi only version, and I'm still in utter stunned disbelief about it. I tried to turn it down (okay, so I didn't really want to, but it felt like the polite thing to do since it's way too extravagant a gift), but he and my sister would have none of it.Says it was just a white elephant to him and he knows I would get far more use out of it! And he is right.

Four days in, and I can't believe I ever read, let alone enjoyed reading, on the tiny screen of the Touch! I'm writing on this bad boy, reading, listening to music, writing this blog post on it... I don't know how I've ever survived without it!

And yes, I have to admit, I experience a frisson of pure pleasure every time I get to send off an e-mail with the signature "Sent from my iPad" unabashedly at the bottom...

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

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Charmed
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Charmed Tuesday, 29 May 2012

iPad

I can even predict what your next phone will be! :)

Awesome! I'm assuming you already have the Kindle app? If you want a real time wasting game, download Bejeweled Blitz :p Also you need to start visiting places with free WiFi!

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redsaid Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Stellies Free

Now HOW did I know that you would be pleased about my news?? :)

Luckily for me, my town of Stellenbosch (AKA Silicone Stellies) has recently launched free WiFi downtown. Okay, so never mind that I have yet to successfully latch onto it, but I remain hopeful that our little hotspot will indeed manage to become hot one day! Until then, I'm becoming a regular at many of the coffee shops in town, where they dole out WiFi in "generous" 75 MB doses... Per DAY!

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MikeZilla Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Sheep :)

bah humbug.

redsaid
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redsaid Tuesday, 29 May 2012

iLamb?

Yeah, yeah, Scrooge! I'm blindly following the rest of Jobs' flock straight into the slaughter house, probably! But hey, you know what they say: never look a gift horse (sheep?) in the mouth! :p

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redsaid Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Kindle app

Just realized that I never answered your question, C. Yes, the Kindle app was my first download! LOVE it!!!

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Twar Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Android FTW

I consider myself to be quite fair when judging technology, and even so I don't see myself ever purchasing an iPhone. The iPad I could still understand to a certain extent, but once again something that I would probably stay away from. The only Apple product I definitely would buy is an iPod. I have been considering the iPod nano which could then double as a watch (and look cool whilst doing so).

Don't get me wrong, iPhones/Pads are definitely nice looking and lag free, where the Android counterparts sometimes fail miserably, but the freedom that you have with Android is worth much more to me. Having the choice of any number of keyboards, unofficial apps, widgets and ROMS makes Android my operating system of choice where phones are concerned, as well as tablets. I can't imagine typing without my lightning quick swype-keyboard.

Now I must admit that a jailbroken iPhone can do much of those things, minus the widgets and desktops, but even then it is very limited since the programmers out there don't have access to the code of the OS, which means they can't easily customize anything.

For the average user however this is usually not a problem, but for anyone that wants to do slightly more with their devices it becomes a factor.

The other thing that causes me to choose Android is choice in terms of screen size. I enjoy a bigger screen, and therefore the Samsung Galaxy S3 will definitely be my next phone. And with the specs that monster phone is packing, it will outperform any other phone currently on the market with ease.

Moving on to e-book reading however, I am very surprised that you are happier reading on your iPod/Pad than on a kindle. While it is easy and convenient to read on an iPad, it isn't even comparable to the kindle. I used to read many a book on my phone, but my eyes started getting very sore from the constant staring at a screen that emits light. The fact that the screen of the kindle does not emit light, but is more like a book, makes it much much easier on the eyes, which is why I bought one and have never looked back.
If you only read on your iPad every now and then that is fine, but if like me you read book after book in ebook format then I definitely recommend getting a kindle, for the health of your eyes' sake!

All that said, I have yet to be convinced to buy any kind of tablet. In my opinion I don't need more than a great phone and a PC.

Moving on to Macs. They really are better for graphical design and video editing. But PC's are much better for gaming(Windows PC's anyway), and Linux much better for programming etc. So it all comes down to what you need it for. Since I don't have to edit videos or anything, I will stick happily to my cheaper PC whilst still accomplishing everything that I could want to :)

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Shiraz Tuesday, 29 May 2012

rude & obnoxious!

Apple have always thumbed their nose at Africa! they do not think that as an emerging market globally we can bring value to their stable. also some Apple fanatics are rude and obnoxious almost like the brand itself. BEWARE - not all peeps boycott Apple because of financial reasons. Some of us actually dont like the high-handed approach OR should I say, lack of it!

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SilverSabre Tuesday, 29 May 2012

It was a gift

I think the most important point in your write up was that the iPad was a gift. Is it a very impressive piece of equipment..Yes, does it justify its price tag...Hell no. Would I buy one for myself? Definitely not.

Apple products are great to look at, great in terms of wow factor and bragging rights, but when it comes to bang for your buck you really should be looking elsewhere.
To give you some indication of what I mean, If the Pc I am currently typing on was a Mac, completely equivalent in terms of Everything, it would cost me (using Apples handy website) R38852.55. (converted from the currency of the morbidly obese). I paid R7500. And just so you understand, my Pc does graphics related work as well if not better than most Macs I have seen, but then again I don't know anyone with the Mac I got the quote for. No one I know would be able to afford it.

This ridiculous disparity extends to their peripherals. While the rest of the market uses standards, Apple insists on keeping Everything Apple specific. You need a special bespoke cable to connect a non Apple screen for example.

All of this leads me to believe one thing. Apple is a company that has gotten rich by milking its customer base. They sell products that are beautiful and easy to hype, but do not deal in 'value'. And they definitely don't respect their customers. The cable to connect a screen? R242.15. For a cable. Oh and that's off Store.Apple.com. Import it via TakeAlot and it will cost you a cool R431.

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DBS Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Responses as expected

WHen I saw Eve (Red)'s post I expected to see the comments that I did. As one of the more senior users on this site it is understandable that some people are not aware that the roots of computing are firmly entrenched in proprietary hardware and software.
Univac, Sperry, IBM, Burroughs, ICL all made hardware that was typically available from them only and the operating systems were definately only available from them.
Windows is no different as an operating system and the same is true of Apple.
The "Open" Systems debate of the 1980's and 1980's had some traction especially in sanctions surrounded South Africa but even today the dominant OS in the server and I would venture the desktop is not Unix/Linux etc.
The reason in many ways is simple. Proprietary Operating systems have a roadmap and development strategy that is controlled and defined by one company. Unix and derivatives do not but instead rely on the input of many highly creative and dedicated individuals who have all contributed in some way to improve the product and that is good.
What business wants is a stable platform that in the event of failure they have one organisation to turn to to say this doesnt work please fix.
I too was not a huge fan of Apple. I could cite all the same arguments as above not to have an Apple device. But now that I have an Apple I fully understand the hype. It just works.
Glad you are enjoying it Red (Eve).

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gadgetgirl Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Also took a bite (and then ate the whole damn fruit)

I too thought the Apple Cult was a phenomenon being driven by brainwashed well-moneyed trendoids. Now I have succumbed (3 Apple devices and counting!!) and although poorer in the financial sense, I feel richer in the quality of my gizmo life! And that to me is priceless. Enjoy your new baby!

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