Mac switchover

So this generation I’m mostly running Mac stuff while my laptop ages; I’ll be waiting for next year to pick up PC stuff so I can run PSO2.

I’ve unintentionally ended up being a total convert partly due to work supporting iOS devices exclusively.

Some impressions:

  • Macbook:  Engineering is phenomenal.  Keyboard is great.  OS works well and I’m very happy that XCode runs like a charm, plus a ton of dev stuff is available out of the box due to its BSD underpinnings.  Beyond that I’m not exactly blown away; I managed to kernel panic the machine twice in the first day.  Office is slow as shit on this machine.  Apple’s iWork suite is nice, esp. Keynote, but I’m not exactly shitting my pants in excitement here.  I could buy two good Windows laptops for the price of one MBP.  This is not insignificant.
  • iPad 2:  Apple has the tablet market under wraps.  This much I am convinced of.  Keynote on a projector is the best fucking thing ever.  Add a bluetooth keyboard and I don’t even usually bring a laptop around with me anymore.  Apple is just too far ahead in the app market department, and they know it.  Also, as you may be aware I play a fuckton of Miku Flick and the various Cave games, and they’re even better on a full-size tablet than they were on the iPod.
  • iPhone 4S:  Apple does not have the phone market conquered, as far as I’m concerned.  Android and Win7 are shaping up to be great competitors in this class of device, and as much as I like iOS, I like Swype even better.  I’ve found that the primary differentiator between my iOS and Android phone is that I play a lot more games and listen to more music on the iOS device.  Being able to load Keynote slides and give presentations off the phone is also amazing, but at the end of the day, I rarely do this since I’m usually carrying the iPad around.

I guess what I’m concluding is basically this: the iPhone isn’t as impressive as I was hoping it would be, nor the macbook, for the price; the iPad is still where it’s at and I expect Apple will be dominating the tablet market for some time.  I’m actually thinking about switching over to a next-gen Nexus phone when my contract is up, but I doubt my workplace will support it, sadly.

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