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Mar 27, 2007 7:35 pm

As long as Suzie Orman and Edward Jones are dominating the other threads,

I’m going with my other interest: technology.

Why do other tech companies feel compelled to copy what Apple does?:

I guess its true that the sincerest form of flattery is imitation.

Mar 27, 2007 7:53 pm

I’ve had a MacBook for about 5 months now, and I’m unimpressed. Absent

iLife, for which I have no use, the Apple product doesn’t do anything as well

as my HP Pavilion, with the exception of costing significantly more money

for hardware and software.

Mar 27, 2007 7:58 pm

yeah yeah yeah, we’ve heard it all before…

don’t you have any friends or family you can take pictures of and create

terrific slideshows to burn to dvdwith a soundtrack? or are they so ugly

you’d rather not?

move on.

Mar 27, 2007 8:04 pm

[quote=skeedaddy2] yeah yeah yeah, we’ve heard it all before…

don’t you have any friends or family you can take pictures of and create

terrific slideshows to burn to dvdwith a soundtrack? or are they so ugly

you’d rather not?

move on. [/quote]

That’s why I have no use for iLife. If it’s fun to you, it’s worth it to you. I

have better things to do, and overpaying for a computer isn’t one of them.

Get over yourself. Everyone else has.

Mar 27, 2007 10:31 pm

[quote=Starka] I have better things to do, and overpaying for a computer

isn’t one of them. Get over yourself. Everyone else has.[/quote]

Funny, I haven’t noticed anyone that echoes your experience with Apple. I

predict that the iPhone adoption rate ($499-$599) will surprise many


My observations are pretty accurate. Others copy the innovations of Apple,


What do I have to get over? Everyone else? You’re reaching a bit much, and

you’re being a bit self-conscience, aren’t you? Move on, please.

Mar 28, 2007 7:44 am

Anyone who pays $500 for a glorified cell phone deserves to be robbed.

See you in the funny papers, fanboy!

Apr 26, 2007 7:01 am


"Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone is most likely to be positioned against laptops as a

convergence device that eliminates the need to have to carry around

multiple devices.

The branding of this Laptop replacement as a Phone is a clever marketing

move. “Here, look, we have a phone that can replace your laptop …”

Never mind that it is a very expensive phone.

I wonder how these rankings would look in 2010, if the iPhone was

counted under laptops, instead of under Phones? Who could come up with

a full scale Windows based covergence device? Is it even possible, given

how heavy an OS Vista is? What would happen to Palm (PALM) and

Research in Motion (RIMM)? Neither is a full-scale OS. Nor is Symbian.

Nor, for that matter, is Windows Mobile, although it has the advantage of

being integrated well into the rest of the enterprise eco-system."

Apr 26, 2007 5:13 pm

Wow, MSFT put up blow-out numbers which they attribute to Vista sales.

My, my.

Apr 26, 2007 10:11 pm

Isn’t it exciting to see your shares up a stick?

Apr 26, 2007 10:16 pm

I have no MSFT shares. Just thought it was interesting.

May 10, 2007 10:49 pm

At points during the meeting, Steve Jobs even triggered laughter

uncharacteristic of the normally sober occasions. He drew a particularly

warm response when deflecting a Teamsters Union agent’s question about

how Apple linked executive pay and performance, referring to his now

legendary $1 annual salary.

“I get 50 cents a year for showing up,” he quipped. “And the other 50 cents

is based on my performance.”

Jun 21, 2007 9:25 pm

"Apple’s competitors, by contrast, find the prospect of the iPhone

terrifying. “The entire f**king Western world hopes that it’s a case of

imperial overstretch,” says the CEO of one of the planet’s largest

communications companies. “But everybody is quietly saying, er, what if

people want to buy a $500 phone? What if, er, people have been waiting

for a device that does all these things? What if this thing works as

advertised? I mean, my God, what then?”

Once again, Jobs may have fashioned a totemic object that will capture

the culture—and cause rival CEOs to have coronary events. No one else in

history has pulled of this kind of coup, as Jobs has, with four different

products. The Apple II. The Mac. The iPod. The computer-animated

feature film. Betting against a track record like that would be a dangerous

wager. Especially when you know, deep down, that you want an iPhone.


Apple Fan Boy (and happy shareholder)!

Jun 22, 2007 10:39 am

I would LOVE to get an iPhone. I looked into getting out of my Verizon contract but I have about 6 months left and then I can jump...


F-it, I may just pay the penalty to get out now. Life is short you know???

Jun 22, 2007 12:07 pm

or wait a year and get a better one for half the price.

Jun 22, 2007 2:55 pm

Balmer’s comment that it doesn’t suit business users may be right on - and that has been the main segment of purchasers (as far as I can tell). My biggest concern about the iPhone is the lack of a keyboard. I operate almost as much by touch as I do by sight with the blackberry. The lack of buttons concerns me, both as a consumer and shareholder.

Jun 29, 2007 2:00 am

Perhaps I’m a bit late in saying this, but I’ll say it regardless: “All companies borrow from other companies.”. Yes, all companies copy the other guy’s great idea. Sometimes they copy it and make it better, and sometimes it’s a cheap ripoff, but it’s not news that people are copying each other. In any case, certain people want all the functions of an iPhone, and some people wouldn’t use enough of the functions to find it worth the price tag. It’s all relative to the buyer, so arguing about it is pointless. 

Feb 17, 2009 10:48 am

Food for thought. Try looking at these convergence devices from a teenager’s standpoint. If given a choice upon punishment to have their “phone/device” or their car taken away, I think most kids these days would opt to keep their phone.

Feb 17, 2009 2:11 pm

We use apple products exclusively in our office. Our marketing materials are made brilliant by iWork - I’ve made marketing DVDs that I’ve sent to attorneys, CPAs and other business owners to get their attention - and it works quite well.

The only problem was financial planning software is pretty much non-existent for the Mac - however, I created everything I needed using Numbers and Pages in 3 1-hour sessions at the Mac store.

Sorry folks, but fanboy or not - Apple is the greatest.

Oh, and for you windows folks, remember, you can run Windows on a Mac. Although I can’t for the life of me think why you would.

Feb 18, 2009 11:53 am

I’m with you Moraen. Apple really is awesome and much more user friendly then windows. and the awesome thing is that if you use Parallels, then you can still run windows and any windows-based applications on your Mac.

Performance is better, Backups are better, security is better, use of space and memory is better, and the applications (programs for those pc users out there) are better developed to suit your needs.

And there is Microsoft Office version for Mac. Everything is the same except for, instead of Outlook, you have Entourage, but it works nearly the same. And all the Office programs are completely compatible with their counterpart PC versions.

And the iPhone is pure genius. It’s like having my laptop with me. It can do nearly everything my MacBookPro can do, just in a condensed form.

I’ll never go back to Windows, it’s Apple all the way for me. And to all the Windows Vista lovers out there, buy an iPhone. If you love it, then you’ll love a Mac computer.

Feb 25, 2009 10:39 pm

While this debate will continue to go on for years to come, for me this issue comes down to money.

  When I first started and career and for the ensuing years after, I primarily worked on Macs. However, it's important to note that the reason for this was simply because someone else was paying for it - the ad agency, the marketing firm etc....   When I decided to start building my own business, I thought about the economics of scaling that business and was not all that excited about having to purchase more than one Mac at some point in the future, yet alone three, four, five, nine or ten???? And those are just for the end users. What about servers?   Having looked at it from this angle I figured that the most practical thing for me to do as a small business was to make the switch to PC's. Needless to say, it's been several years now and I have no regrets, nor have I ever hesitated about building out another workstation or adding server space etc....   In summary, given theseparticular circumstances, it all came down to making the best use of the limited resources.