A funny thing hit me when I went into Best Buy today. I was browsing through the computer section. My six-year old and I were looking for new “toys” for me. He wanted to show what all he could do on the laptops. We got to the PC laptops. While looking at them, I showed him that there wasn’t a lot you could do on the PC laptops in the store. We walked over to the desktops. They looked really nice, especially the “all-in-one” touch screen desktops. Hopefully, you know which ones I mean. They don’t come with a tower, because the hard drive and optical drives are built into the monitor. But other than those, I had no desire to buy a desktop, because my wife purchased one earlier this year, and although the “all-in-ones” are nice, I don’t want to jump on that ship just yet.
However, I made a beeline for the Apple section. I played on the iPad and he played on the laptops. We both had a blast. When I decided to go look for cell-phones, I bypassed all of the regular At&T phones, and just looked for the iPhones, specifically the iPhone 4, and I lusted after the one I saw an employee pull out to look up something. And don’t get me started on the Apple TV. I never even thought about wanting to see computer on my TV that much, until I heard I could pull up my iTunes account, and rent movies instantly for as low as $0.99.
This was not supposed to happen. When I was in high school, and Apple first began trying to reinvent itself, I scoffed at the people who wanted Apple products. When I got to college, and my computer labs had row after row of PCs, I wondered about the people who wanted to get on the two iMacs. I still look at that generation of iMacs with disdain. I have always seen myself as a Windows guy. I look back fondly at Windows 3.1 and the simplicity of it all. But now, when I am on my Windows laptop (one year old), and I open a tab on Internet Explorer, and it automatically pops up an error message saying, “Do you want to continue running scripts,” I just sigh. When I turn on my laptop, a fifth of the time it loads up with “snow” on the screen. This continues to frustrate me to no end. When you look at the phone market, Microsoft has really blown it. The Kin appeared and disappeared in a manner of months. However, with the Windows 7 mobile phones coming soon, this may change.
I feel like the lady who talked to the president at his rally a few weeks ago. She supported him throughout the campaign. In his two years in office, she has defended him nonstop against those of us opposed to him. As America has continued to slip into this mess though, she has wearied. She told Obama that she was tired of defending him. I have defended Windows for years. I have rashly lashed out at Apple, and openly questioned why anyone would want to switch to the house that Jobs built. And yet, now I am tired of defending Windows. It’s become a major disappointment of late, and yet the new line of Apple products is fresh and exciting, and I want it all.