you mistake me for a certain "Count".
Nice to be recognised.
FWIW, and I've said this countless times, (see what I did there?), I've been using Mac computers since before 90-odd percent of the population even knew Apple even existed. It was my job to use them, and they were boring beige boxes that sat on the floor getting dusty just like every other beige box. What set Macs apart, and what made me love them, was the OS.
I moved from PC's running DOS, and an incredibly primitive version of Windows, which everyone ought to know was copied from the Mac OS, which was based in turn on an IBM GUI that they had abandoned. Moving to a proper GUI was a revelation, 'cos I'm no computer genius, and as someone working in a design-based industry, and as someone who has an in-built bias towards nicely designed stuff, it made my life so much easier finding my way around a computer, especially as I was having to learn how to use a scanner, (£65,000-worth of Crosfield drum scanner), it's Mac interface, Photoshop, Illustrator, and QuarkXpress as well. A clean, well designed OS made the transition so much easier.
When the first iMacs came out, and the first sculpted desktop 'towers', they were just as much a revelation; for the first time, you could have a computer that was more than an ugly appliance, but something you felt you could have on show.
Just like Sony, whose products I've bought more of, over the years than I have Apple, I can assure you, for precisely the same reason; quality manufacture and clean, uncluttered design.
I'm not one of the 'sheeple', as some idiots, who are just as biased towards Android products, like to call Apple fans, I buy stuff that does a particular job, does it well, and looks good at the same time.
My first iPod was a Nano, 5th generation, my first proper iPod an 80Gb Video 6th gen, my first computer a 17" PowerBook G3, now eight years old, bought with redundancy money, and only replaced last August with a Mac Mini, just to be able to stream music and back up photos, and that was an end of line model.
I ignored the iPhone, because it didn't do what I wanted; it had no GPS, so I waited and got a 3G when an upgrade was available, and upgraded that to a 4G.
If someone asks me what I'd recommend, then obviously Apple products, not because I'm obsessed with Apple stuff, but because they are what I use
, every day, and enjoy using, and have a large investment in the software that runs on them, like ebook readers, music, and mapping apps, so why the **** would I have any interest in advocating the use of products that I have no experience of, and no interest in using because I would have to re-invest in a whole new app ecology.
I'm not the sort of person who gets pleasure out of spending hours pissing around with something like a phone or a tablet just to make it do something that an off the shelf app does just as well, I have neither knowledge or patience, I'd rather be reading a book or listening to music, or out on my bike, taking photos or down the pub!
Just because I give an opinion when it's asked for, based on my experience of certain products, certain people now seem to take pleasure in making me out an obsessive, and it got real old, real quick.
Now give it a ****ing rest, why don't you.