I love apple products. We have three iPod touch, two iPhones, one ipad 1 and one ipad 2. My two youngest girls are getting ipad minis for Xmas. The value is held over time and the quality of the devices is superb.
Apple Products have a very high build quality and very intuitive interface's but it really all comes down to preferences I would recommend going to an Apple Store and trying some or at a Best before you make a decision on what is the best. Personally I love there products but that's my opinion
I think the product is good, but also see them using a marketing trick called "prestige pricing". It's an old tactic, used for years by a number of companies. Sure the product is good, but by keeping the price unusually high, they also inflate the reputation of the product a great deal in the minds of shoppers. This is how fancy department stores sell a shirt with a designer name on it for $300, but you can walk into another store and pay $50. I've been behind the scenes at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago (closed to store owners and buyers) and very often the $300 shirt comes from the same factory as the $50 shirt with very minor differences. So yeah, they do some swell things but it's not the end all be all of brand products. The only thing that really sets brand name electronics apart is how they maintain the updates on products and they aren't the only ones that do that well. The big thing that prevents me from buying their stuff is the way they want you to be married to their content. I bought one obscure show from iTunes before I knew any better and, man oh man, was I POed when I realized I could only watch it on my PC through iTunes or buy an iThing. I swore never to buy anything Apple ever again.
I'm personally not a fan. My experience is that Apple products, while high in quality, are mostly overpriced items that frequently do less than their competitors' technology that they inaccurately claim is inferior. For instance, I have a Windows Phone, and I can perform virtually any significant function on my phone faster than my friends with iPhones. The iPhone5 was merely a catch-up device (panorama pictures? 4G LTE? Big screen? I'd had all of those things for months before the new iPhone came out), and it still falls short of other devices (such as Apple Maps simply not working, unable to play Xbox games like Windows Phone, can't run Office on the phone, tethered to iTunes, etc.) that are available for less money. In terms of tablets, the new Surface actually has a USB port and SD card reader, and functions in a friendly manner like an iPad, but does a lot more useful stuff like a PC does (such as print, run Office, copy files to stick drives, read your camera's SD card), plus it has a cover that can function as a physical keyboard, so you don't have to take up half the screen to type (making it much better for creating content). Both Android and Win8 tablet devices have model options that can use a stylus so that you can take notes, then OCR them and transfer them via email (and easily via Outlook on the Win8 devices). Basically, when it comes to Apple, it seems like people pay a lot for the label without really understanding the technology or content. It's almost like a little cult or a clique where people will do anything to be in the club. I'd rather focus on functionality.
I don't know if Apple has the best products, but they do have a lot of stores to go to if you have any issues. I can't say the same for other companies which I've bought products from, like Dell, HP, HTC, and Samsung.
I used LG phones and Windows for the longest time. I started by getting an iPhone. I fell in love. Just weeks ago I bought a MacBook Pro. I'm so happy I made the switch. I used my Windows for gaming and thought there were hardly if any games for mac but I was pleasantly surprised. Apple is a little over priced but you wont regret spending the little extra money. I don't see myself going back. On a side note two of my friends had Androids and made fun of my for having an iPhone. Well, last week they switched to iPhone 4's because they said they were tired of the phones not working.
I think Apple definitely has it's loyal followers... myself included. But contrary to the naysayers, this is not unfounded. I think their products are higher quality and more intuitive to use. I have nothing against the other tablets but I do think Apple is superior quality and with that comes a higher price. They may have caught up on a couple features of other tablets/ phones this year but the majority of the time, they are the innovators. They started the smart phone and tablet markets. They had an easier interface 20 years ago, before Microsoft even came up with windows. So although some people like to trash talk apple I think its all just wanting to stand up for what they know. Most of it has to do with what you are used to. But even though I use PC and Microsoft at work, I still prefer Apple's easier and cooler interface and apps and all my home electronics are Apple. It is worth the money... they are great products .....and all those great profits can buy more research and development and keep Apple innovative and ahead of the curve in technology.
My friend and i always get into a big debate over apple cuz i dont like the company and he loves their products, i dont have alot of bad things to say about them and i will admit for the most part they have really good os. But every year they release a "new upgraded" version of their product but its always minor improvements and the price is always unreal, having apple is more of a trend
No, no electronic is ever the best because of the name. It is all personal preference. I have found people that dont want to put much time into getting things set up/synced and have less computer knowledge (just from personal experience) are more drawn to apple products.
Personaly, I have a windows 7 laptop, Ipad, and Windows Phone 7. Tolerate the Ipad, like the laptop and LOVE my Windows Phone. Do some research and TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. That what sold me on Windows Phone