There’s no doubt that Apple Corp do a fantastic job in the design, manufacture and marketing of their devices. It’s been described as an end-to-end computing landscape with a device for whatever you need – listening to music, making videos, creating fabulous graphics and a thousand other things. They are beautiful and shiny and very, very good. They are however, also very expensive – so do you need an Apple device or will another brand work for you? The answer comes down to what you want to do. The vast majority of home users and school kids just want a laptop to manage email, browse the internet and write letters and documents. Any $750 laptop will do this for you but if you want to format your holiday photos into a cinema quality video with music soundtrack and special effects then an Airbook or IMac is perfect.
The key message is to know what you want a computer or laptop for. Once you can answer this then buy the appropriate one for you – and something you can afford. I’ll explore this topic in more detail over future articles but if you have any questions now, please email me at cbeentjes@needanerd,.co.nz and I’ll do my best to help.