I've now had my MacBook for about two weeks and after buying into the Mac revolution that is sweeping college campuses I have but one thing to say: I'm not that impressed.
The biggest appeal of having a Mac is simply in the name and look of the computer itself. I will admit that 90% of the reason I purchased the MacBook was because I liked the idea of owning a Mac.
The marketing department at Apple really knows how to sell a product. The trendy commercials, the sleek look, and the surprisingly simple logo (the half-eaten apple) really got me hooked. For months I thought about how I had to have one no matter how little I actually needed it.
Now IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not saying that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like my MacBook. Au contraire. I find the extra long battery life to be incredibly useful, and I definitely can appreciate how simple it is to use, but overall I really just didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need this computer.
I consider myself a typical computer user; I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do many things outside of the ordinary. I write papers for school, I chat with friends, browse the web, and listen to music and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about it Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all things a PC can do just as simply as a Mac.
One thing that utterly saddens me about the Mac is its lack of a program comparable to the familiar PC program Ã¢â‚¬Å“Paint.Ã¢â‚¬Â This often-overlooked program is really quite beneficial in the hands of the right person Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I consider it Photoshop for the technologically impaired and I am a huge fan of it.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up Apple? Why canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t us techie-amateurs have our paint program to cut, clip, crop, and create pieces of artwork not seen since our elementary school years. I guess IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll just have to stick to crayon on paper for the time being.
Overall, I guess you can say that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m basically neutral on the Mac/PC battle (consider me Switzerland). But why take the time to write about my neutrality? The answer to this question is simple yet complicated at the same time. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easily relatable, but something only Mac users can understand and the answer is: I just wanted to tell the world that I HAVE A MAC!